the overall best quality is what YOU CAN BUILD to the quality/detail you want and can achieve with what is available whether it is kit, etch,aftermarket, 3d print , etc. and most important enjoy doing! that being the reason i have avoided the SCHARNHORST, despite it being possibly the most detailed kit ever, i would not enjoy building 20mm guns from dozens of tiny bits!
: I'm going to use photo etch ANYWAY, so I
: picked up the cheaper Academy HMS Warspite
: instead of Trumpeter's HMS Warspite.
: I won't touch Revell, unless its the only
: game in town for the scale I want. I have
: never built a Hasegawa ship, but I can tell
: you that their aircraft have some absolutely
: perplexing/unique fit issues that will bring
: tears to your eyes. For example, the $75
: F-8 Crusader who's wings will not fit and
: there are gaps in the wheel wells. And
: again, on a $75 kit in the year 2008. Not
: Every manufacturer has its dogs and its
: diamonds. Trumpeter USS Hornet? Horrible.
: Trumpeter USS Essex? Excellent. Now
: despite that, someone gave me a USS Hornet.
: Why? "Oh hey, you build ships, I found
: this at a garage sale. Here..."
: Best advice is read as many reviews OF BUILT
: KITS that you can. Don't talk to people
: that have it in their stash, talk to people
: who have actually built it.
: --Previous Message--
: I've been working on a 1:350 Titanic by
: Minicraft models and I have to say, the fit
: and finish on this one is horrible! Nothing
: fits anywhere! So, my question, when it
: comes to model manufacturers, which ones
: deliver the best quality regardless of
: cost/price? I've built a ton of Tamiya's
: with much happiness and Ban Dai....wow! I
: see Revell is high on the shelves of Hobby
: Lobby and Michaels but I don't know what to
: expect from them. Please give me your
: opinions. I'm into WWII ships and any
: airplanes from WWII through the present.
: Thanks everyone. Ron,