It’s a great time to be a modeler. It seems like every other week, some amazing new kit is announced. But there’s still plenty of ground to cover…so here’s a list of eight dream kits that, if produced, I would buy immediately, no questions asked.
1/32 Eduard MiG-21MF
Eduard’s 1/48 MiG-21 lineup is not only the best treatment of the Fishbed in any scale, but quite possibly the finest series of 1/48 jet kits ever produced. And while I’ve settled on 1/48 as my scale of choice for jets, I’d gladly make an exception in this case.
1/32 HK Models PBY Catalina
The PBY is one of my favorite aircraft of World War II, and yes, I know that HPH makes a stellar resin kit of everyone’s beloved seaplane, but 1) I’m not a fan of resin kits and 2) as much as I love the Cat, I’m not paying $800 for one. HK could do a real bang-up job here, and it’d be interesting to see what their imaginative engineering could bring to the table.
1/35 Meng British Challenger 1
Yes, there’s the old Tamiya kit, which I’m quite fond of for what it is, but this old girl is due for a revisit. Meng already has a proven track record with other late Cold War tanks – see the Leopard 1A3/4 and the AMX-30 – and I’d love to see what they could do with the Chally.
1/35 Meng M270 MLRS
Meng has already produced what has to be the definitive M2 Bradley, and they’ve already shown the capacity to produce derivative vehicles from their tank kits – including the Panzerhaubitze 2000 (from the Leopard) and AUF-1 (from the AMX-30). Seeing as the MLRS is based on the Bradley chassis, at least a few bits could be reused. Besides, there’s an MLRS-shaped hole out there, with the existing attempts out of production and rather poorly-regarded.
1/48 Kitty Hawk AH-1W Supercobra
I’m currently enjoying Kitty Hawk’s AH-1Z Viper kit, and the design has a modularity to it that could easily allow for an AH-1W tooling. I know, I know, my “grew up during Desert Storm” is showing.
1/48 Academy F-4G Wild Weasel
Another Desert Storm-era want. The Hasegawa kit is somewhat lacking, and markings even moreso. If you want to do a Desert Storm F-4G, your only options are to track down a long out-of-print AirDocs decal sheet, or to cobble things together on your own. Whereas a new-tool Wild Weasel would almost certainly result in a new decal sheet or two.
1/32 [Anybody] OS2U Kingfisher
I have fond memories of the old Monogram kit I built when I was growing up. It was one of the first kits where I actually gave a shit about the finish. Nowadays I find that kit sorely lacking in just about every respect…but I still love the Kingfisher. I’m sure someone will do it justice in 1/32 one day, I just wish that day was known!
1/32 Tamiya P-47 Thunderbolt
The Jug is my favorite aircraft, and Tamiya’s 1/48 P-47 lineup is far and away the best treatment the big lummox of a fighter has ever received. The Trumpeter and Hasegawa 1/32 kits wish they could be half as good as the Tamiya quarter scales. And given how good Tamiya’s Spitfire, Mustang and Corsair have been in 1/32, I can only imagine what they’d do with the Jug. Another bonus – some of the best scheme options of any aircraft that’s ever flown.