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Recommendations--- An easy 1/48 aircraft build for a beginner

March 20 2017 at 4:29 PM
Mark Nasim  (Login marknasim1)
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Well beginner to aircraft, built armor for many years..

Looking at 1/48 scale either prop or jet...

any and all suggestions would be very helpful.

Thanks

 
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Ron M
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Can't go wrong with a P-51D, by just about anybody.

March 20 2017, 4:41 PM 

They are simple enough with not a lot of parts. Tamiya's is supposed to go together very nicely, with no putty needed. It is also accurate in shape and details, looks nice when finished. For a jet, look for a Monogram fighter. Or just look for the cheapest kit of anything out there. They normally don't have a lot of added details to worry about.

 
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TimNCa
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Agreed!

March 20 2017, 4:55 PM 


 
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John Healy
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Tamiya Wildcat is simple and fool-proof. nt

March 20 2017, 4:46 PM 

Nt

 
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TimNCa
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I have always thought the Tamiya A6Ms are pretty easy, Tamiya Mustangs are good as well, .

March 20 2017, 4:53 PM 

Another I always thought was simple is the Hasegawa 1/32 Me163 Komet. 1/48 Tamiya Wildcat is pretty nice, and simple as well.

 
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Chris Clee
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Eduard Hellcat

March 20 2017, 5:28 PM 

Grab the Weekend boxing, you won't be sorry happy.gif

 
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ReneDK
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Any of the newer Tamiya kits as they just fall together

March 20 2017, 5:29 PM 


 
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Mike McShea
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+1 on Tamiya kits

March 21 2017, 11:08 AM 

Although Tamiya P-47Ds have a few more parts than their P-51Ds, they just fall together and make for a beautiful, fun build. Highly recommended.

 
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Mrockhill
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Pretty much anything from Tamiya is the easiest answer.

March 20 2017, 6:20 PM 

There are many other great kits that build wonderfully but pretty much Tamiyas entire catalog of aircraft are pretty well engineered, fairly accurate and very respectably detailed, even excellent in many cases. Their earlier kits are a generation or so behind the rest with mixed raised and recessed panel detail but still very buildable. I think these are confined to their early Japanese subjects like their ki-84 Frank, j2m Raiden and all their zeroes except the more recent a6m3/3a type22 and a6m5/5a which are the nicest zeroes in 1/48.

Aside from that you can google kit reviews if a particular subject interests you and see if there are any prevalent issues.

 
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DJ
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Monogram Dauntless

March 20 2017, 7:02 PM 

Quick easy and fun

 
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Dan from Bermuda
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Meng 1/48 P-51D

March 20 2017, 8:43 PM 

from the review I saw that would be the kit to get someone starting.
Dan.

 
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Ferdico
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Here's what NOT to start with:

March 20 2017, 11:07 PM 

No Trumpeter or Hobbyboss kits. They are inaccurate.
No Kittyhawk kits, because they don't fit together well. And they are inaccurate.
No kits by Hasegawa, Monogram, Revell, Italeri, or Airfix, because as soon as you complete it, Tamiya will make a better one.
No Eduard kits, because you really won't know what scale you're building.
Nothing "Oversimplified"
Nothing too "Fiddly"
No kits released before 1980, because they are not detailed enough.
No Zoukei Mura kits, because they are too detailed.
Nothing you'll have to weather, because it will come out looking overdone.
Nothing that is olive drab or gloss sea blue or IJN gray, because no one really knows what those colors look like.
Nothing German, because, you know, swastikas.
Nothing Finnish. Because more swastikas.
No Skyraiders, because bumblebees are worse than swastikas
No P-47s, because as nice as it turns out it is sure to have the wrong engine.
No Sea Furies. See above.
No 109s or P-40s, because there are too many things you don't know about them. From what I read here.
And nothing too expensive, because no model kit should cost more than $40.

That leaves the new Tamiya Ki61. Just don't paint a clover leaf on it. 😊


    
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Fernando
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Verrrry funny! Some contributions (me, bandwagoning?)

March 21 2017, 5:52 AM 

"Nothing with the engine exposed, because, you know, that cannot be done in a kit"
"Nothing with half the pieces in resin, because they are usually made for another kit"
"Nothing VVS, because, you know, you'll start receiving telephone calls"

"Among others" (UN parlance)

Fernando

 
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David Hansen
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I think i know the answer to this one, but....

March 21 2017, 9:36 AM 

Does that mean the Clover Leaf Ki-61 has become the "Cliche" paint scheme for that aircraft?

You know, sort of like "The Huff" for an F-86, or the infamous VA-176 "Bumblebee" markings for a Skyraider?

david

 
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Hans
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Pretty much any modern Tamiya or Eduard

March 21 2017, 8:01 AM 

Just like Armor, the modern Tamiya stuff is just well engineered, and you'll already be familiar with the instruction format.
Very few ways you can go wrong. All of them build well and represent well, the newer the better of course.

Modern Eduard stuff is fantastic too. Can be a bit more complex than Tamiya. The ProfiPack kits have some extra PE and decals, where the Weekend kits are generally just the plastic parts and one decal scheme. Just make sure to check reviews, as they still have a few kits that are re-boxes of other manufacturer stuff. Heard nothing but raves over their Hellcats. I personally found their Mig-21 1:48 a GREAT kit, and have build a number of their WWI Biplanes in 1:72 (tiny tiny).

If you can score any of the Accurate Miniatures kits in 1:48, they were all nicely done. Particularly their B-25, Avenger, and SBD. The 1:48 Italeri B-25 is a reboxing of the AM kit, but you'll spend a LOT more to get it. Not overly complex but a lot of detail in what you get.

Academy is almost the same as the Armor world, decent but not the top of the heap. Some Hobbycraft re-boxings in their mix, which are good too.

ProModeler has some decent kits too. Particularly their Korean era jets. I'd recommend their F-84 and F-86.

I know you said 1:48, but don't rule out 1:72nd too for larger subjects. It's a fiddly scale for biplanes, but for big modern fighters and such it's a great scale to work with. Otherwise wingspans start getting too big and you'll be surprised how fast 1:48 can gobble up shelf space.



 
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FErnando
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I would agree on the Eduard's, with a couple of caveats

March 21 2017, 10:01 AM 

For a beginner, a Weekend would suffice. Second, I would dearly avoid any Eduard kit with exposed engine (as would from any other brand). That would take out the Fw 190As and 109Es.

Regarding the rest, I would stick to single seat, single engine fighters to begin with.

FErnando

 
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David Hansen
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+1 for the Tamiya P-51D

March 21 2017, 9:40 AM 

The Wildcat is fairly easy, but the landing gear can be downright fiddly if you're not careful. The P-51D by comparison is about as straightforward as they come, except for maybe the infamous 2-piece canopy.

Definitely NOT the Corsair, though; not for the first build anyway.

With the Meng and Airfix P-51Ds upon us i suspect there will be some deals to be had on a Tamiya Mustang, if you shop for one on the secondary market. Plus, you might score a deal on Amazon, or something like that...

david

 
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Brad
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The old Monogram P-51B

March 21 2017, 1:01 PM 

It's still being released, today as a Revell kit, but I'd buy one off eBay or elsewhere on the second-hand market, because the newer pops show the wear of the molds, and you can probably find an old boxing cheaper than the current retail price of today's sprues. Same goes for the P-40B. I recommend that one as a starter, too.

Beyond that, Eduard weekend edition kits. I can recommend the regular boxing of the P-39, too.
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