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acctingman1869 Inactive Member29 Nov 2016 3:24 p.m. PST

Just soliciting people's advice who build in this scale. I know PSC does 20mm and they look nice.

Rich Bliss29 Nov 2016 4:08 p.m. PST

I only do 20mm. I like Italeri and PSC. I also use some older Hasegawa kits and the occasional Airfix

HidaSeku29 Nov 2016 4:50 p.m. PST

I really like the 1/72 Pegasus Hobbies tanks. Great kits and excellent detail/accuracy.

1/72 Armourfast tank kits are neat too, although really light on detail.

JezEger Inactive Member29 Nov 2016 9:00 p.m. PST

Hard to beat Tamiya- but they are 1:48 not 1:56. Apparently, to some they look better with chunky 28mm figures anyway. For 1:72 Italeri or Zvedza are great. Airfix are very hit and miss. Great for their day, but surpassed by most now. Haven't seen PSC in the flesh- but as they are constantly growing, I would say they have a good product.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2016 11:57 p.m. PST

Warning! Pedant alert!

Technically, none of the companies mentioned 'build' kits. They produce kits that the purchaser has to build themselves. If the company built it, it wouldn't be a kit anymore….

PiersBrand30 Nov 2016 2:33 a.m. PST

Well at 1/72 there is so many decent kit makers its hard to pick just one or two…

PSC, S-Models, Caeser, Pegasus, MACO, Revell, Hagasawa, Flyhawk, IBG, ICM, Dragon…

Only kit Ive built in 1/56th was by Rubicon.

Griefbringer30 Nov 2016 5:13 a.m. PST

As for 1/56, there are not too many manufacturers of plastic kits, though both Rubicon and Warlord produce their kits with gamers in mind.

As for 1/72 kits, a lot depends on whether you are looking for fast assembly sets (like PSC and Armourfast) or the more detailed model kits like those from Revell.

acctingman1869 Inactive Member30 Nov 2016 7:35 a.m. PST

Too rate my criteria…

#1 cost
#2 detail
#3 ease of build

Thanks for the info gents

Vigilant30 Nov 2016 8:06 a.m. PST

Rubicon and Warlord are easy to build, have good detail and reasonable value compared to resin or metal. Most 1/72 scale kits will take longer to build because they are designed for modellers, not gamers. They tend to have more fragile parts as they are not intended to be handled.

acctingman1869 Inactive Member30 Nov 2016 11:15 a.m. PST

Yea, I want to stay away from the "modeler" kits for sure.


PiersBrand30 Nov 2016 5:53 p.m. PST

Funny though as I wargame with lots of 1/72'models' and have no issues…

wrgmr101 Dec 2016 12:17 a.m. PST

The key point is whether you are modelling or gaming.
1/72 scale kits vary a lot Revell, Hawsegawa etc are detailed many part kits. Really for the modeller, who wants detail. These kits include the smaller details, headlights, hand holds, mirrors and others small parts.
Fast build kits, PSC, Armourfast, Zvezda and Pegasus lack some of the detail, usually are very quick to build and are cost effective 2 to 3 vehicles per box. Also having fewer details things do not break off during handling on a gaming table. That is a key point for me.

HidaSeku01 Dec 2016 2:35 p.m. PST

Looking at your criteria, I would break the manufacturers down into 3 categories. I only buy the "cheaper" stuff, so all of these will meet your criteria #1. Sure, some might be cheaper, but if you shop around overall all of these kits are very afforable.

Category 1: Fast Build AND Good (enough) detail

Category 2: Fast Build but lacking some detail

Category 3: Great detail but not fast build
Academy (almost category 1, really not hard builds)

To note, I have only listed manufacturers that I have actually put together kits for, and that are intended for wargaming use. There are many, many other manufacturers, and I think it's very fun to mix & match.

Hope that helps!

acctingman1869 Inactive Member02 Dec 2016 7:30 a.m. PST

@ Hida Seku

Thank you for that breakdown. Very much appreciated!

acctingman1869 Inactive Member03 Dec 2016 10:16 p.m. PST


Where, online, is a good place to purchase some of these non-PSC kits?

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