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Amon26
02-21-2005, 06:27 PM
When I was young I used to build tons of models. So many, I'm sure a good number of them my mom and dad discretley threw out for space's sake. And for a while there, I got pretty good at it.

Anyway, It's a hobby I miss sometimes. Playing PF/IL2 has brought back those fond memories of sniffing paint fumes and gluing my fingers together... Oh yeah and building model airplanes.

Does anybody know any decent model kit web-pages I could order from?

Amon26
02-21-2005, 06:27 PM
When I was young I used to build tons of models. So many, I'm sure a good number of them my mom and dad discretley threw out for space's sake. And for a while there, I got pretty good at it.

Anyway, It's a hobby I miss sometimes. Playing PF/IL2 has brought back those fond memories of sniffing paint fumes and gluing my fingers together... Oh yeah and building model airplanes.

Does anybody know any decent model kit web-pages I could order from?

GR142_Astro
02-21-2005, 07:47 PM
Used to do a fair bit of that myself, as well as quite a few others here on the forums. Here's a good weborder site in the U.S.

GreatModels.com (http://www.greatmodels.com/)

Yoxford_Boy
02-21-2005, 07:56 PM
www.squadron.com (http://www.squadron.com)

wayno7777
02-21-2005, 07:57 PM
http://www.historicaviation.com/historicaviation/index.po

And you can type in the various kit makers names. ie: www.tamiya.com (http://www.tamiya.com) will get you there, and www.airfix.com (http://www.airfix.com) will give you http://www.airfix.com/frame_set.htm

GSNei
02-21-2005, 08:33 PM
Besides online shops there are great sites for builders, forums etc. Some good ones
http://www.hyperscale.com/
http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/
http://modelingmadness.com/

heywooood
02-21-2005, 08:45 PM
heres a good link for hard to find warbird markings or decals

eagle decals (http://www.eagle-editions.com/decintro.htm)

squadron is the best online market - good prices and lots of accessories.

CzechTexan
02-24-2005, 03:07 PM
the first two listed are the best in my opinion. Great Models and Squadron. the latter's warehouse being fairly close to me. I love going to their yearly open house and browsing. if you want it, pretty likely they have it.

Amon26
02-24-2005, 04:55 PM
That's pretty cool. Unfortunatley, we don't really have that kind of thing here in America. Model building is a dead artform here :-/

heywooood
02-24-2005, 05:49 PM
this one is in Texas (http://www.squadron.com/Company.htm)

still part of USA...better look at CzechTexans moniker agin'...lil' dogie..

CzechTexan
02-25-2005, 11:34 AM
ya, i'm by Fort Worth. You can order kits by phone and get them in the mail. Squadron has a nice colorful catalog and a monthly newsletter with sales. I recommend em. Or try the great models website. It's easy to use too.

CWH1089
02-25-2005, 11:49 AM
www.internethobbies.com (http://www.internethobbies.com)

you should visit this place. they have tons of different model brands.

eddiewertz
02-25-2005, 03:23 PM
After a LONG haitus, I'm back at the modeling bench, working on a new 1/12 Mercury Spacecraft, just produced by Atomic City / MRC: http://cybermodeler.com/hobby/qb/qb_nac_mercury.shtml and this may get me back into the hobby. I've noted several large scale aircraft offerings by a Chinese firm, Trumpeter, that look quite interesting. Anybody have any experience with Trumpeter kits, and care to comment on the detail, fit-n-finish, overall quality?

~FastEddie

Zeus-cat
02-25-2005, 03:46 PM
Subscribe to FineScaleModeler (FSM) from Kalmbach Publishing. Really good magazine. They also have a website with lots of modelling tips and resources.

Zeus-cat

heywooood
02-25-2005, 05:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> I've noted several large scale aircraft offerings by a Chinese firm, Trumpeter, that look quite interesting. Anybody have any experience with Trumpeter kits, and care to comment on the detail, fit-n-finish, overall quality?

~FastEddie <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I have completed a few of the Trumpeter 1/32 scale and one 1/24 scale planes...

Trumpeter makes well executed and well researched kits.

The F4u-4 is nice..as is the Wildcat

the best for fit and form is the Hawk81 (or P40B)which looks great in AVG 3rd group markings (Haywooods plane)... and the Mig3-u

the 1/24 scale P51 was a minor disappointment due to a slightly malformed wing.

If you order from Squadron.com you can also get some nice photoetched brass details to accent the cockpits and exteriors for a little extra $

civildog
02-25-2005, 06:39 PM
Trumpeter makes some really nice kits. I have the 1/48 MiG-19S and the brand new P-40B/C.

The only thing I can see that's a flaw is that Trumpeter cockpits seem to be too shallow. It's not so noticable in the MiG because it's an amazingly busy (Trumpeter doesn't skimp on detail!!) cockpit, but the one in the P-40 looks like it's made for a midget it's so shallow. I ordered the resin replacement from Cutting Edge to correct that.

I also just got the new Trumpeter 1/32nd Flanker D....OMG!!!! what a beautiful kit! The oleo struts and scissors work, the cockpit is perfect (or nearly so....I have the Black Box Combat series replacement for that) and the thing is huge. I think we'll continue to see serious competition for the Tamigawa kits from Trumpeter.

BTW: go check out my Academy I-16 on the Aircraft Resource Center....it was just posted today. My second kit after a loooong hiatus and once I get a new camera I'll have all my other (they improve geometrically) planes up there. Unfortunately my pics don't quite do it justice.

Fury_352FG
02-26-2005, 02:05 PM
Here's a good site.

http://www.largescaleplanes.com/index.html