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#1 Monty Python

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 02:33 PM

Appologies if this has been asked before so here goes.

 

As ZM amd HKM both produce the Do335A, which is rated as the better kit?


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 02:36 PM

I've only purchased the HKM kit. Its a wonderful looking kit, and knowing how quality ZM kits are, and having built the ZM SPAD, Id say you probably couldn't go wrong with that kit either, but if you are like me (a closed panels guy) the HK kit might be the better option as it has significantly less interior parts to deal with. 

 

K1 and others have built Do335s, so can probably speak to buildability better than I. 


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#3 Dave Williams

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 02:50 PM

Having both, I prefer the simplicity of the HKM kit.
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Posted 17 March 2018 - 03:27 PM

Depends what you want.  IMHO the HK kit is better by dint of its simplicity.  Not that it's a simple kit - it's very well detailed.  It just doesn't have hundreds of parts that you'll never see once it's built like the ZM kit does.  Both of them are very good, but the HK kit gets the nod here.


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 03:41 PM

I've got the ZM A-12 - It's a beautiful kit - and from reviews I've seen of the HK, far better detailed.
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Posted 17 March 2018 - 04:04 PM

'Better' is the subjective thing....  What gives you the most satisfaction?  Building a kit with a lot of detail - whether or not anyone can see it, or less un-seen detail but what is seen is terrific?

 

I also have the HK 335 kit,  similar in scope to the 1/48 Tamiya 335 (no engines, but very detailed cockpit) so I'm looking forward to a fun build.

 

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 04:11 PM

I bought the two seat ZM version. First because I promised the old man I would when I met him in Omaha(his love and enthusiasm for the hobby are unmatched), and as he explained through his staff worker and interpreter, two cockpits equal twice the fun!


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 04:41 PM

You mean the Pres of ZM?  I've met him twice and one of our club members actually won the two seat ZM kit at Nationals at their raffle.  He's very nice, and appreciative of the hobby and those of us in the hobby (his customers).  At Nationals last year we ran into him and a bunch of his staff at a local restaurant for breakfast.  We didn't sit with them, but had a very pleasant discussion while we were all being seated.

 

They take great pride in their kits.

 

Super nice people.

Sorry for the diversion....


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 04:46 PM

You mean the Pres of ZM?  I've met him twice and one of our club members actually won the two seat ZM kit at Nationals at their raffle.  He's very nice, and appreciative of the hobby and those of us in the hobby (his customers).  At Nationals last year we ran into him and a bunch of his staff at a local restaurant for breakfast.  We didn't sit with them, but had a very pleasant discussion while we were all being seated.

 

They take great pride in their kits.

 

Super nice people.

Sorry for the diversion....

 

Yup he's the one.


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 04:49 PM

I bought the HKM A variant because it was cheaper has less inside details and the ZM A-12 for all the details after a drool session seeing the built kit up close at the 2017 Nationals.

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 04:53 PM

Should have said in my original posting that I mean fit and ease of build. I do like ZM kits, but for me I think they are over engineered as I'm not all that bothered about everything being on show. That of course is my view. Saying that, if the ZM kit was the better of the 2 then I would go with that one.


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 05:02 PM

Ya sorry I just like to share that story.


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 06:01 PM

Wasnt the next HK version (Night Fighter) supposed to be out already or at least soon? Personally been waiting for that one...


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 06:35 PM

I've built the ZM version and really enjoyed it - although a lot of the detail isn't visible on the final model.

 

Actually, a reasonably quick build considering - took about 8 weeks of mainly weekend work.

 

Iain


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 08:27 PM

Mr ZM is quite the passionate person re: models.
I can seriously dig it. I even dig how he likes to use a translator to talk to the crowd at shows.
The conversation with the "old man" at last year's NATs with Smitty about the Do335A-12s two engines and two cockpits was entertaining to the highest degree
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