The fact that you can fold the wings on the old Monogram kits doesn’t mean that they are good kits, unless your only criteria for making a choice is the ability to fold wings, even if the mechanism is simplified and inaccurate. If that’s someone’s criteria, that’s fine, but people should be realistic about the other features of these very old kits.
...And it doesn't make them bad kits-they still sell and build up quite nicely.
I based this alternative suggestion to our friend here because I assumed his would be building for some sort of commemoration of the Battle of Midway, which occurred between 4 and 7 June 1942, and I assumed that he would like to finish them before Christmas this year. If you look at a calendar, that gives him just over two weeks.
Notice, he said he has a TBD, and he said"am looking for these planes that you can fold the wings" and that, of course would be the Monogram kit, so why not keep it simple and just finish the builds with Monogram/Revell kits?
I have a built-up TBD that I did as a yellow-wings variant, and I have it displayed with its' wings folded, although I find the lack of mechanism detail to not be "on-par" with my 1/32 F4F, especially with it's crude and flimsy molded-in hinges.
But they don't show with the wings folded.
The main reason AM went out of business had nothing to do with the kits being too small to build. ...
Very good, I'm glad that you realize that. My "hat is off" to you.
I don't guess that you ever actually built any of their kits.
I have, and here is a picture of my Accurate Minitures 1/48 Midway build TBF:
100_0490 by Tom
So please notice that I said:
"I rate their build-ability for a subject that small as the main reason they went out of business."
The main problem is after building up the interior, it simply will not fit into the kit's fuselage halves as-is.
It took me days of extensive dry-fitting, sanding and filing to finally get the assembly to fit in.
After I built their TBF, I did some checking and found out that they literally "over-engineered" their "perfect-to-scale" cockpit interiors by failing to compensate for the thickness of the injection-molded plastic fuselage halves being much heavier then the actual airplane's aluminum skin.
That is why, IMHO. they went out of business.
Post edit note:
Now if you think they are the "gold standard", I actually have both of Accurate Minitures' SBD's (complete with their factory provided AM correction stuff), their F3F, and SB2U Vindicators I can sell you, or anyone else.
But now since they are so "pure and precious", they "ain't goin' cheap".
Edited by Gigant, 18 May 2018 - 05:19 PM.