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If TAMIYA is #1, who's the next best?

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If TAMIYA is #1, who's the next best?
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 9:37 AM
I've built quite a few Tamiya kits and think most would agree that their mold quality and panel fit can't be beat.

I'm interested in possibly expanding into some of the other companies but wanted some opinions on comparable quality.
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Posted by Brian Venable on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 9:58 AM
I agree, Tamiya is unmatched in quality but there are other good kits out there. Aoshima is probably next best right now and Hasegawa isn't bad.

Fujimi's are a disappointment most of the time with poor fitting and overall poor execution. If it weren't for kitting desirable subject matter, which they seem to be ahead of everyone else in doing, I don't think they would sell very many kits because their recent offerings are priced with if not above Tamiya.

Revell is about the same as Fujimi, some kits are good some aren't, AMT too.

With all that said, as a modeler you should keep the attitude of seeing a kits potential rather than it's limitations.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 10:01 AM
hey big _durango,welcome to the forums ....to answer your question...just above your title there is a box marked "search the forums"....i ran "best model maker" through and got a lot of answers for it..try it out ,it'll save you a ton of time !!!and again welcome!
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 10:26 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by supermacks

hey big _durango,welcome to the forums ....to answer your question...just above your title there is a box marked "search the forums"....i ran "best model maker" through and got a lot of answers for it..try it out ,it'll save you a ton of time !!!and again welcome!


thanks, i'll check it. i only scanned through some of the thread titles quick
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 2:25 PM
ha, ha, i cannot say for a certainty who is best, who is worst. however i find with the amount of scratch building that i do they are ALL equal under the exacto knife!Cool
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Posted by Brian Venable on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 2:33 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by wcbrown

ha, ha, i cannot say for a certainty who is best, who is worst. however i find with the amount of scratch building that i do they are ALL equal under the exacto knife!Cool


Yeah, I've even had Tamiya parts that didn't fit well. If none of the kits were challenging then we wouldn't ever become better modeler's.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 3:13 PM
i guess i could have worded that better. what i meant was i cannabilize everything! right now for instance i am doing the roush merkur XR4Ti, revell- imsa mustang donor body (though not much left there now), tamiya XR4i- roof and tailights, and bottom section of bi-plane deck wing, tamiya rs500- mirrors, cosworth wing. it was hard when i first started to do this. a little bit disconcerting to be chopping pieces off and joining them together someplace else, pretty much rendering donor kits useless. but, i guess that is what makes this hobby so satisfying, the fact WE CAN do this kind of thing for an entirely "new" end result.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 3:40 PM
got any pics of your projects that you can post,wcbrown .???sound kinda interesting!!!Cool
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 9:46 PM
What I like about Tamiya is the selection. It's not the same kits over and over again with different box art. At least Tamiya produces new stuff and isn't stuck on one theme...AKA...The fast and the Furious.


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Posted by Brian Venable on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 9:52 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by paul59

What I like about Tamiya is the selection. It's not the same kits over and over again with different box art. At least Tamiya produces new stuff and isn't stuck on one theme...AKA...The fast and the Furious.





Not so fast. Tamiya is joining in on the decal reissue game, not to mention clear version kits, red/yellow version kits, and now issueing versions which include detail parts like etching and carbon decals.

All companies have to figure out how to maximize profits so I don't fault them.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 10:24 PM
Okay, I'll give you that.


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Posted by Enzo_Man on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 11:14 PM
I've only built Revell, AMT and Tamiya. The ladder of greatness is... Tamiya, then Revell, then AMT (IMO) BUt both Revell and AMY have some great kits, others totally suck. For example I think the 2001 Z06 Corvette by Revell is really nice. And AMT's PLymouth Prowler was nice too.
"Aerodynamics is for people who can't build engines"
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Posted by parabolica1 on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 11:43 PM
TO ME THE SECOND BEST HAS BEEN FUJIMI , THEN THERE THE DOMESTIC KITS STARTING WITH REVELL-MONOGRAM #1 WITH AMT OR MPC SECOND I BASE THIS ON KIT FIT AND EASE OF ASSEMBILY BUT ON THE OTHER HAND ,WITH TIME SPENT SOME OF WORST KITS CAN BE TURNED IN SOMTHING YOU CAN PROUD OF . MARK
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 10:09 AM
supermacks,
yeah i would be more than glad to do that, i have to get together with a friend of mine and his digital. ( i am still in the "dark" ages with an old nikon em slr) and get some shots. thanks
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 7:50 PM
I guess it would really depend on your building preferance, I build hotrods so tamiya and fujimi are way down on my list!
Revell, AMT, Monogram are my fav but once again a majority of my models are scratch built so as long as the basis of the model looks right im happy.....

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