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"Best" 1/32 P-39 ?

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Hi all:

Looking into getting a P-39 in 1/32 - which is the "best," in your opinion? Looking for a D, N or Q....leaning towards the Kitty Hawk, but there's also Special Hobby and Revell.

Regards,

Paul

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Paul,

 

I've built the Special Hobby D. It has its issues and the instructions are not very clear at times but it builds into a decent model if you take the time on it.

 

I've yet to be impressed with Kitty Hawk models. I have a couple but never finished them. The moldings seem off, the plastic is soft and not very detailed.

 

Can't say much about Revell though, historically (45+ years of modeling), I've never been a fan of Revell. There are also now defunct and the molds have been shipped to Revell-Germany.

 

My $0.02 for whatever it's worth.

 

-Ro

 

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While I haven't built the Special Hobby kit, I have built (and reviewed) the Kitty Hawk kit, and it's a tough build. The nose panels especially are a challenge, but I have to say I'm pleased with how it turned out:

 

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You can check out my build thread for all the gory details:

 

 

Note that the Revell kit is a re-boxing of the Special Hobby kit.

 

Kev

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Good comments!

Thanks guys - maybe leaning towards Revell/Special Hobby now....

Kevin - what issue of Air Modeller was your build in?

Best

Paul

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Got it - thanks! 

Ok,  Kevin read your article on your excellent build - looks like if you left out the internals (engine, etc.) the kit would be an ok build? But then, why pay for them :) I would build it closed up anyway....

 

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31 minutes ago, Pauldoe said:

Got it - thanks! 

Ok,  Kevin read your article on your excellent build - looks like if you left out the internals (engine, etc.) the kit would be an ok build? But then, why pay for them :) I would build it closed up anyway....

 

 

Yeah, I reckon that's the best approach. The main fuselage and wing panels actually fit OK, but the nose is definitely a challenge. Leaving out whatever internals you can would certainly help, and that's what I would do if I were to build another one.

 

Kev

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5 hours ago, Pauldoe said:

Hi all:

Looking into getting a P-39 in 1/32 - which is the "best," in your opinion? Looking for a D, N or Q....leaning towards the Kitty Hawk, but there's also Special Hobby and Revell.

Regards,

Paul

 

The Revell kit is a reboxing of the Special Hobby version.

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30 minutes ago, Pauldoe said:

Both kits are supposed to be short in the tail.

See this post re corrections:

https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=81364&sid=e54a8f3c819831be237d7a658cb53d58

 

 

7 minutes ago, coogrfan said:

 

The Revell kit is a reboxing of the Special Hobby version.

 

You guys do realize both of your statements were already posted right above your own only a couple of hours ago. Sometimes it's helpful to read a thread to get a sense of what has been said by others.

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I have the S/H kit. I've built their I-16, and found it a good kit to add detail too; basic shapes are nice. I expect the same from the P-39.

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44 minutes ago, CATCplSlade said:

 

 

You guys do realize both of your statements were already posted right above your own only a couple of hours ago. Sometimes it's helpful to read a thread to get a sense of what has been said by others.

 

Umm...oops?

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My Special Hobby kit;

 

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A typical short-run kit, but I found it to be a fun build.

Only addition I used was decals from Zotz and wheels  from Mastercasters.

 

If you use this boxing;

 

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You get colored photo etch, some resin parts (exhausts, 6 and 12 stacks) and a gun sight.

 

The Revell kit is the same plastic with no extra.

 

This kit is supposedly about 5mm too short in the fuselage.

 

I can´t say anything about the KH kit as I have not ever seen any yet.

 

Cheers!

 

 

Stefan :)

 

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