For some subjects there are no other options than one firm. I love FLETCHER's and I'm stuck working with OLD Tamiya and Trumpeter kits both with issues. Tamiya kits always seemed to me to fit together well. Trumpeter kits vary in the fit department. On some kits some areas fit well, while other areas have issues. Trumpeter seems to excel in getting details wrong.
I personally like Dragon kits, the destroyer kits are what I build. They fit together well, and allow me a lot of options to build variants. I'm even converting a BENSON class kit to a SIMS class kit using a 3-D printed stack. The problems with the Dragon kits are poor instructions. Plus, some people hate all the small parts, some items I agree didn't need to be made into separate pieces. But, I feel just because these small parts are included in a kit is NO REASON you have to use all of them!!! With the range of 3-D and resin guns and other equipment in 1/350 scale (and 1/700 and larger scales scale), there is no reason to pull your hair out building micro gun kits for a subject model. Simply order pre-made 3-D weapons and be done with it. If you are an what some call "an assembler" rather than a Modeler (scratch building doesn't scare you), then 3-D parts is the way to go. It can be pricey but saves time and maybe blood pressure.
: 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,