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Easiest/Best/Worst Build
Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:01 PM

At the risk of opening a can of worms. What was your easiest/best build and what was your worst build, and why?  PLEASE, let's keep it clean and civil.

For me, I'd have to say that for the worst build it was AMT's 2009 Covette.  That thing was a total nightmare.

As for the easiest/best build (even though it isn't a car) is the AMT Star Trek TOS Romulan Bird of Prey.  For cars I'd have to say the Revell '64 Ford Fairlane.

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:09 AM

You haven't told us why. And does easiest equal best?

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:36 AM

For me , the three are...

The easiest build is the one that is already painted or molded in color with minimal mold lines.  

The best build is the one with flawless paint, no excess glue marks, and assembles without issue.

The worst build is the one that fights me at every turn.  Excessive flash, poor moldings, a lack of positive mountings.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Thursday, October 12, 2017 2:23 PM

Bainford

You haven't told us why. And does easiest equal best?

 

Just trying to stimulate some discussion.  Easiest/best can equal whatever you want it to equal.

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Posted by Dwights55 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:24 PM

Right now I'm struggling with the 47 chevy by Galaxie.    6-7 years ago I built the first issue with no problems.   This time its back in the box so I'm not tempted to finish with a hammer.     Is it because I'm older now?   Can't see as good?   Time will tell.

Most of my money goes for bow-ties, bikes and babes.  The rest I just waste.

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:43 PM

I'd say the most difficult time I had with a kit would be the Revell '55 Chevy I built when I was about 8. Man, I glue bombed it. The Revell '57 Nomad I built a year later faired slightly better. Finicky parts fit was the main problem, though of course my inexperience at the time was a major factor. I have a Revell '59 Ford Skyliner and the Orange Crate in my stash, and have been there for years waiting for me to summon up the courage to attack them. I'm sure they will make this list by the time I'm done.

The easiest kits have been the Monogram muscle cars released in the 80s. Those kits just fall together, and despite some simplified construction they look great on the shelf. The 70 Mustang Boss 429 is my favorite of these.

I suppose the best, at least from an engineering point of view, have been some of the Tamiya kits I built. The parts fit is sublime. After years (decades) of American kits I built my first Tamiya in 2003, the Mini Cooper Monte Carlo rally car. I was blown away by not just the beautiful parts fit, but the way that seemingly few parts could come together to creat such well represented sub assemblies. That little engine is a jewel. I have the new Tamiya Mercedes 300SL that I can't wait to start, and judging from the initial inspection of the box contents it may just well be the best kit I have had yet.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:48 PM

Easiest for me is probably Revell's '70 Chevelle snap kit - low parts count, nice detailing, and good fit & finish. Goes together in an afternoon with no drama whatsoever, and can accept parts swaps easily.

Most enjoyable is either MPC's GM sports cars of the early/mid 1980s or Revell's '68/9 Charger. In both cases they're complex enough to be interesting, but not so challenging as to be difficult.

Worst was AMT's '67 GTO. Lousy parts fit, poor casting, uneven design, just generally bad work. I ended up replacing most of the chassis, all of the engine, and reworking a good deal of the body, and I'm still not 100% happy with it.

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:50 PM

Nice builds, is that "Faceman's" Vette?

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Friday, October 13, 2017 12:00 PM

Worst!  Tired old kits that keep getting reissued instead of re tooled. The Revell E Type Jaguar is a good example having been re re re re issued goodness knows how many times.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, October 13, 2017 8:15 PM

Digital_Cowboy

Nice builds, is that "Faceman's" Vette?

 
Thanks! Yup, made it to go with this:
 
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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, October 13, 2017 11:38 PM

Awsome tales awsome builds before i broke eeverthing outx and set up again aftr 10yrs ofdeployments and work mia from modeling and now 7yrs of illness i started unnpacking the kits couldnt help my self easiest i did the no glue absolutely no glue or anything used that wasnt in the snapper box started th amtsnap fast plus gt90 then it was polarlights ghostbusters ecto 1a lindberg dodge caravan then the sebringxthat was 1 week then i sat in the garage and just looked at the stacks n stacks of unbuilt kits taking up 1/2of my 2car garage now 2yrs later im set up again most difficult build intensive hair raising nailbiter im currently doing it with in the forum is the bighorn aero hooker but its the most rewarding one yet because its helping me with my illneses and showing me im still creative. Worst build ever has to be the johan ambulance i did years ago i recently gifted it to someone in a trade on the forum with a challenge to make it a worthy model and show mexwhat ya make it into im an accomplished auto painter my model painting skills speak for themselves as my 1to1s do but that thing stripped it twice and it still wont shine and the white yellowed the tires n rims no matter how much zap n ca gel i used the wheels wouldnt ever stay on. Im older and wiser now and anyone who knows me all my builds are a challenge cause i cannot use justcone kit i like to design modify n cutx customize graft what if the hell outta my kits no matterchow old they are when i got them they were bought to build thanks for tollerating my ramblings everyone and each of you hopefully somes getting something out of it i know i am this is my socialising therapy group addiction to plastics annonymus

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 1:14 PM

BUGATTI FAN

Worst!  Tired old kits that keep getting reissued instead of re tooled. The Revell E Type Jaguar is a good example having been re re re re issued goodness knows how many times.

 

I can understand that.  I work with cermaics out at the local VA, and we have some molds that are so used that they leak like no one's business leaving us a LOT of cleanup to do before we give the piece to the Vet.

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 1:15 PM

spencer1984

 

 
Digital_Cowboy

Nice builds, is that "Faceman's" Vette?

 

 

 
Thanks! Yup, made it to go with this:
 
 

Sweet.

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On the bench: Star Trek: Romulan Bird of Prey; 1964 Ford Fairlane

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Posted by oldmanUHUDXP on Sunday, October 22, 2017 5:47 AM

I think for me the easiest one was the Triumph TR2-A I believe by Lindberg.  It went together so easy, I was amazed.  If I remember correctly, it was completed in two days.  The worst was a toss up between the 69 Camaro convertible and the 61 Chevy convertible.  Both were very finicky and just would not go together on final assembly without leaving off some parts.  They haven't gone to the junk yard boxes yet, but will shortly.

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