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#1 Mark M

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 02:58 AM

a friend has asked me to build them a p-38 in 1/48 (due to the price of the trumpy) however ive seen a couple of revell ones around and the cost is similar to the 1/48 versions so....

 

 

how bad is it?


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 03:04 AM

IMO, good in general shape and scale, absolutely horrible in overall detail. I say this as an owner of three of them, and 3 Trumpies, too.

It works the best as a closed up flight display, because the interior, canopy, gear and bay doors are it's weakest links. It usually requires a complete fill, sand, and re-scribe job to look decent.

However, if your friend isn't too picky about details, it sure looks like a big P-38 OOB!

Edited by BiggTim, 08 December 2017 - 03:06 AM.

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In progress: 1/32 Trumpy P-38L (very slowly), 1/32 Trumpy Me-109E-4, and some others.....

On deck: Can't choose between 190D-13 "Yellow 10", Hase P-47D, or Tamiya Corsair....

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 04:34 AM

thanks, looks like ill stick to the 1/48 then as this is ment to be a fairly quick simple build for Paul, now im off to find a half decent 'L' in 1/48


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 06:38 AM

Academy all the way, vinyl tyres notwithstanding, it beats Hasegawa by a short head.  Others' MMV.


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#5 Mark M

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 01:58 PM

Thanks Mike, ive taken a punt on the Acedemy AND a Hobbyboss (ill build one for myself and give him the choice) also the Kagero book for some nice Decals


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 02:49 PM

avoid the 1/48 as there are FAR better options as mentioned.

I started to build out the 1/48 and gave up.

 

You can see how far I got here:

 

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I dont suffer from AMS, I revell in it..get it...Revell


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 03:39 PM

I've heard the newer HobbyBoss kit isn't so bad. Academy is still the "go to" kit, while Monogram requires much patience and deft handling as Shawn M above shows in his build. But, I have heard very good things about the Hobbyboss kit in terms of fit. So, that may be the way you want to go.


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 04:14 PM

I got the academy kit in the stash, its way better then the Revell-o-gram but still lacks in some details.


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I dont suffer from AMS, I revell in it..get it...Revell


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 07:23 PM

Built the Revell 1/32 Droop Snoot as a kid and I have a gun nose in the stash. I agree with BiggTim, the kit hasn't got much in terms of detail. If you've built any of the other ancient 1/32 Revell kits you pretty much know what to expect. Despite that it still looks impressive when built. I plan to build mine in flight and stick her to the ceiling.


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 07:32 PM

Another option to consider, the Monogram Pro Modeler (Hasegawa) kit.

 

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 12:48 AM

Vote to Academy in 1/48. Built their J in Nat. Metal, added True Details wheels and cpit. Was pain free and very easy build which looks super.

No scary alignment issues often heard of...



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 05:22 AM

I would really like to see a new tool 1/32 scale P-38 from Revell in 2018. 


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 06:20 AM

Never happen, I'm afraid.

In progress: 1/32 Trumpy P-38L (very slowly), 1/32 Trumpy Me-109E-4, and some others.....

On deck: Can't choose between 190D-13 "Yellow 10", Hase P-47D, or Tamiya Corsair....

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 09:34 AM

We can dream, right? I'd sell a kidney if "big T" did a P-38. I'm sure my neighbour can live with only one. :evil_laugh:


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#15 BiggTim

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 02:04 PM

We can dream, right? I'd sell a kidney if "big T" did a P-38 :evil_laugh:


Oh man, knock it off. It's not good for my heart to dream of such wondrous things!

In progress: 1/32 Trumpy P-38L (very slowly), 1/32 Trumpy Me-109E-4, and some others.....

On deck: Can't choose between 190D-13 "Yellow 10", Hase P-47D, or Tamiya Corsair....

Completed in 2015: Hasegawa F6F-3 Hellcat, Hase Me-163 Jagerfaust , 1/16 Fokker DVII Scratchbuilt Wooden Skeleton

 





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