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Re: Just a few comments...
Even when I was a really young kid, I looked at the Airfix Hotspur and Cossack (Wow! Imported kits! From England!) and could see that the Cossack had some really odd proportions. And then, when I built the Bismarck some years later, I realized it must have been engineered by the same guy who did the Cossack.
But I really loved those Pyro 1/1200 kits, and I just couldn't understand why the Yamato and Musashi had assymetrical armament. Then I saw the Edward Wiswesser Warship Drawings and understood. Rather than drawing the deck plan twice, for the early and late rigs, he split them down the centerline. And Aurora and Pyro followed that drawing religiously.
So I agree with the consensus here. Worst is the Airfix Cossack, and Bismarck and Aurora/Pyro Yamato follows close behind.
*These opinions are only effective because I have never actually seen the Aurora destroyer that was a mashup of Sumner and other classes.
**And the Renwal imaginary USS King just doesn't matter enough.
...you mentioned Airfix' Bismarck . Who knows how they got the hull details so out of whack, heck they managed the hull depth wrong with their own RN Cossack as well. They were simply none too careful. They really need to retool both kits.
The Aurora/Pyro Yamato kits share the same overall characteristics and layout, both as to the real McCoy as well as a kit. Of course, they are different scales but the similarities indicate a copy. I don't know who cut which mold first but I suspect Aurora. The big issue is the asymmetric secondary armament, those phony little pillbox guns and the poor boat pockets. The fixes for these problems on Aurora's 1/600th kit are fairly easy but who would bother ? There is a good build of the Aurora kit, easily found.
The Aurora Bismarck is simply unbelievable. It's such a laugh I wonder how they got out of the prototype department with it, even for 1957 or precisely whenever they cut the molds, I'm not looking it up. There is little to claim it represents Bismarck other than the name; it's complete junk and likely the all time champion of an inaccurate kit, hands down.
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