Kitty Hawk F-35B
After languishing in the closet on the proverbial ‘shelf of doom’ for over a year, I recently decided to have another go at this abortion and attempt to [sorta] finish it. It had been about 50% done and was fightin’ me tooth and nail. The fit was terrible. The instructions were really vague. The engineering was way overdone – many unnecessary steps and construction procedures. Even the plastic was unlike anything I’ve encountered. All in all, a pretty awful kit. Now, to be fair, I’ve seen some excellent renditions of this kit (although not many “B” models), so for the most part, I’m sure it’s an “operator error” situation – although it’s possible I got a ‘lemon’ – it WAS one of the early releases – maybe KH was on a learning curve, if you will. Other KH products have looked really well. It came really close to ending up in the trash, but I just put it up and forgot about for several months. I recently decided to give it one more go and ‘got her done’ yesterday. About the only thing I can say that was decent were the decals. Not necessarily the markings, rather the quality of the sheet…it was by far one the best I’ve dealt with in quite some time. I shudder to think what would have happened had I chose to close all the bays up – I doubt they would have the tolerances one would expect with Tamiya, for instance. As is painfully evident in the photos, this is a less-than-stellar example of modeling. But hey…it’s for all intent and purposes done. There’s no armament installed (I figured I’d better quit before I inflicted any additional embarrassment to myself).
My next build (which I got just today) will be a Trumpeter 1/350th USS North Carolina. THAT should keep me off the forum for quite a while, having no real experience in ship building. I’ve never SEEN so many “fiddly bits” in a model before – Sheeeesh!
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