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120mmSniper
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Texas, United States
Joined: May 02, 2004
KitMaker: 118 posts
Model Shipwrights: 0 posts
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 02:11 PM UTC
Tamiya. Good level of detail. Easy assembly. Not needlessly complicated.

---or--- How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Rubber Band Tracks.
Bravo1102
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New Jersey, United States
Joined: December 08, 2003
KitMaker: 1,990 posts
Model Shipwrights: 26 posts
Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 02:54 AM UTC
Whatever gives me a hassle free build with as little stress as possible.

As my eyesight has deteriorated detail just isn't important anymore. I hate having to shim or file every piece, or have a 20 piece assembly when 2 would have been sufficient.

If I went with pure numbers in the stash, the leader would be Historex, as for numbers built it'd be Airfix. But every company has their good and bad. It's really a kit by kit basis.

I even found myself liking an Alan kit once and there is a definite satisfaction to having wrestled with a kit and won.
TopSmith
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Washington, United States
Joined: August 09, 2002
KitMaker: 959 posts
Model Shipwrights: 3 posts
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 02:52 PM UTC
To build would be Tamiya. For level of detail, it varies.
russamotto
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Utah, United States
Joined: December 14, 2007
KitMaker: 3,162 posts
Model Shipwrights: 127 posts
Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 08:42 AM UTC
I agree with Robin. It is based more on the kit I want rather than the manufacturer. Price is also a big factor as I model under a budget.
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ARMORAMA
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain / Espaņa
Joined: July 04, 2013
KitMaker: 804 posts
Model Shipwrights: 2 posts
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 11:57 PM UTC
If I had to choose just one name, it would be Dragon.

They have an amazingly large catalog on the subject I like (German WWII armour), most of them of good to excellent quality and often with photo etch, metal barrels or individual track links -at least for the old kits.

Maybe someday Takom, Meng, RFM or Thunder Models will offer a similar range, but for now they do not so hence my choice.

And yes, I am aware of the instructions with mistakes, some poor quality models and DS tracks but even counting with that I think they have many many great kits.
kevinekstrom
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Illinois, United States
Joined: December 08, 2017
KitMaker: 53 posts
Model Shipwrights: 0 posts
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 07:25 PM UTC
I don't have a favorite. i sure do not mind kits that take elbow grease to complete, so I rarely complain about a manufacturer. i am not a fan of LARGE price tags on a model, that would be my only gripe withe the latest , greatest releases. Other than that most kits are fine by me.
steviecee
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United States
Joined: September 01, 2011
KitMaker: 41 posts
Model Shipwrights: 15 posts
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 01:41 PM UTC
Flyhawk was, but they have declined a little because they are putting out models that have already been done ie Bismarck and P-o-W rather than wanted and undone ships as they did with the Lutzow etc.
Vicious
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Queensland, Australia
Joined: September 04, 2015
KitMaker: 1,020 posts
Model Shipwrights: 4 posts
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 12:32 PM UTC
Meng and after Takom
Tojo72
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New Jersey, United States
Joined: June 06, 2006
KitMaker: 4,357 posts
Model Shipwrights: 243 posts
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 05:18 AM UTC
I really can't vote,I don't have a favorite,it depends on what i'm building or looking to build.Just going by the completed builds that I have on hand,I have more Dragon then anything else followed by Tamiya then Hasegawa
Kevlar06
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Washington, United States
Joined: March 15, 2009
KitMaker: 1,699 posts
Model Shipwrights: 67 posts
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 04:15 AM UTC
Hands down-- Wingnut Wings.
VR, Russ
RobinNilsson
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Stockholm, Sweden
Joined: November 29, 2006
KitMaker: 3,183 posts
Model Shipwrights: 56 posts
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 02:42 AM UTC
Anyone who produces a subject which interests me
/ Robin
retiredyank
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Arkansas, United States
Joined: June 29, 2009
KitMaker: 11,174 posts
Model Shipwrights: 9 posts
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 02:08 AM UTC
Allright fellow enthusiasts, I want to take a little poll, just for fun. Which manufacturer(only one, please) is you prefered styrene pusher? I have to go, with Trumpeter/HobbyBoss. They have high quality plastic. The instructions are normally easy to follow. They produce a plethora of available subjects. Accuracy is arguable. How about you?