I’ve only recently broken into HK Models’ massive 1/32 B-25J Mitchell, but I’ve already come to a realization.
It’s friggin’ HUGE.
You’re probably thinking, “thanks, Detective N.S. Sherlock”, but bear with me a moment.
The size is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it’s gloriously awesome. It’s like having an M4 Sherman as your car.
But it’s also gloriously impractical. With a wingspan of 24″, the B-25 is simply too big to fit in my display cabinets. Fortunately, my desk is huge, so it’s got a nice corner reserved. But what about the others I’ve got in the stash? The 1/48 B-24 (27.5″ wingspan) and PBY Catalina (26″)? The 1/32 Ju 88 (22″)? Where will they go? I’ve only got the one desk…
So I’ve made a decision. From here on out, the big bomber stash is on lockdown, and I’m setting the maximum wingspan for any future purchases at 20″.
Where does that leave me with the heavies? SOL?
Nope. Instead I’ve made another decision. For subjects that would exceed my 20″ wingspan in 1/48 scale, I will consider…gasp…1/72 scale. Basically, this means transports and heavy bombers. In fact, I’ve already snagged a few – Italeri’s C-47, Revell’s recent B-17G Flying Fortress, and Hasegawa’s Avro Lancaster Mk. III and B-24J Liberator. Curiously, caving to 1/72 has also landed me firmly in some modern kits. Revell’s Fort and both Hasegawa heavies are well-detailed and, by all accounts, very well engineered. Certainly better so than the 35-year-old 1/48 scale kits. And they’ll fit very nicely in my display cabinets!
Got a size limit for your builds? Sound off in the comments!