What are the worst kits you've ever built?
Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:18 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:29 PM
I like the idea of a Craptastic Kit CBP. I have a Pyro VW Beetle beach buggy half done and need an excuse to finish it.
This a great excuse right here . Show how you can make a nice model out of a craptastic kit.
Edited by sjordan2, 05 January 2012 - 01:29 PM.
Posted 05 January 2012 - 04:04 PM
Yep that's he one. I had to be around 10 or 11 when I got that. Pretty sure I threw it against the wall halfway through. lol. I grokked one at a show as an adult and it almost sent me into seizures.
I love those old VW panel kits and not because they build well! I think you are remembering the California Roller version. That was neon green.
I've built one of the Hasegawa pickup versions. That was a treat. Didn't even paint the body or interior, it was so nice. Just detail painted here and there where it mattered. I've built a Fujimi 365...I'd imagine that their VW's are also pleasant. Will get around to one of the new Revells one of these days.
The new Fujimi and New tool Revell make up for it, though.
I've also noticed several mentions of the Revell '56 F100. Truth. Talk about a tooling that was ridden hard and put away wet. But, I manage to massage one into a very nice truck, 'bashed together with a twin I beam from a junker van, a parts box rear suspension, and the wheels & tires from the F350 kit. It was painted (my first good one, if I remember right) and about a days work away from final assembly...when my gf at the time...destroyed...it...in one of her many fits of utter clumbsiness. I haven't been able to put myself through that kit again. Took me months to get it to where it was.
Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:55 AM
Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:30 AM
On another note, would you be interested in coming to the Buckeye Scale Auto clubs meeting this coming Thursday? We meet at Panera's in Westerville on Rt.3 and Maxtown Rd.starting at 7 PM. I get there around 5 PM. You're welcome to come and have a good time. Dan
Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:38 AM
another one...one of my favorite cars that i just got a reissue of from a friend, the lil coffin. sweet car but the kit is a monstrosity...warped body and not enough there to unwarp it, even when i glued in the roof panel and the doors its still all sideways and it looks like the bottom of the body was short-shot or if not its just way too thin to even think it will go together. at first i thought maybe the frame would straighten it out but instead looks like the body will twist the frame instead. add to that all the flash and the poor molding and i am thinking all i am getting out of this one is the skeleton and maybe the mag wheels. another piece for the trash can. well maybe the six twos and log manifold are usable elsewhere but the rest is a joke. i dont remember it being like this in 1963 or whenever i built it originally.
Edited by jbwelda, 03 September 2012 - 04:28 PM.
Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:49 AM
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:02 PM
Might just do that! Thanks!
Great. I hope that you can make it. We meet in the room on the left when you come in the door. We have it reserved every first Thursday of the month. Hope ta see ya there. Dan
Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:06 PM
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Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:25 AM
My nominees for the worst kits ever have to start with those Revell tri-five Chevys first issued in the sixties. The ones with the opening everything and well fitting nothing! They could be built, with a lot of effort, but when you were done you had something that didn't really look all that much like a Chevrolet. Except for the engines, might have been the best small block Chevy of the era.
Next on my list would the whole series of those awful AMT Modified Stockers. Cartoon cars is what they were and I place them in the same genre as MPC's Zingers!
But the winner and Grand Champion worst kit I've ever built is . . . the envelope please . . . the Accurate Miniatures Can Am McLarens!
I'm surprised nobody as mentioned these before now but perhaps it's because all of you were smarter than I and never started one of these things in the first place. Nothing in this kit fit properly, every part needed messaging and some never would fit. Huge panel gaps and a stance after final assembly like a 4x4 truck!
This kit was a huge disappointment especially coming after their excellent Corvette Grand Sport. I built one for a review in that "other" magazine and, once it was done and photographed, it went right in the trash. (First time I ever did THAT with a model!) In all of the model press mine was the only honest review that pointed out all of the kit's problems. One British reviewer praised the kit to the sky and mentioned how well the panel fit was when right there in the photos you could see daylight through the gaps down to the table!
I think the proof that I was right is that today you can occasionally find one these kits on eBay selling for way below retail!
Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:52 AM
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