Hobby Boss How hard do they suck and in what ways?

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I'm kind of getting Hobby Boss is not the Go To brand. Is that a rivet counter problem or do they fit like crap etc. They do have a good variety and low prices.

Then by extension what are the good brands for fit lack of flash? What I'm looking for at the moment is reasonable exterior accuracy and detail. With a relatively low parts count. I consider stuff like Photo etched and additional resin parts to be negatives. The Arma PZL-7 I bought has about as many parts in the cockpit as I want to be in the plane. The Kopro Avia B-35 I got is about perfect for parts but covered in flash. Another issue I ma getting with former soviet block and 3rd world kits is after looking at the kit and instructions I am scratching my head on some paints. As well as finding parts that have no registration points to insure they get glued in the right place.
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urumomo

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LOL .

Hobby Boss offers kits that don't exist elsewhere . That's their appeal .
I jokingly refer to them as Hobby Beast , but they really aren't that bad . You just gotta stay on-top of what's going on .

Tamiya and Hasegawa are probably the best for fit and engineering .
 
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That's what I'm noticing Hobby Bossy has Planes in production or at least in the aftermarket in quantity at fairly low prices that are otherwise rare. But I saw one comment by you and also couple of others one denigrating their accuracy. In Wargame miniatures I'm pretty good with "gets the idea across at four feet." I think I'm looking for a bit better than that if I'm building a plane for which the entire purpose is is a visual representation of an aircraft. But I'm not going to be anal about it. I'm not going to buy 50.00 worth of books to research a model I spent 10.00 or 20.00 on.

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I built a Hobby Boss AAV many years ago, no problems with it really. I've seen some of their kits though, like the Leopard 2A4 or 2A6/7 that was lacking detail in some areas... I'm all for accurate detail, but we all have to weigh kit vs price vs vs accuracy detailing to your own liking, etc... Also have to consider who their product is geared toward. Some kits are intended for advanced builders, while others are aimed at novice or intermediates.
 
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10-4 Wolf. That's what I'm looking at. A common situation is that the price break for an unusual 1/72 plane 10-15 bucks for the Hobby Boss vs 25 - 40 for another brand that's out of print.

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Accuracy-wise , The Hobby Beast isn't bad at all as far as I know .
Their Sdkfz 222 is way better than Tamiya's ancient kit .

I'd recommend them --- their kits aren't all inexpensive though .
I have their Su-34 kit , 120 bucks .
They are related to Trumpeter , which is the label on the SA-16 Albatross kit I have , the plane my dad flew in ( another not cheap kit )
 

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i saw some earlier releases of HobbyBoss kits, didn't like them due to the parts count vs cost ... i avoid them like the plague
 

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Problem with HobbyBoss is that as often as they release a nice one, they release something that could be a lot better. But they aren’t alone to do that. As an example Dragon have a tendency to release lemons quite often as well, especially when it comes to their post wwii kits. Their M48 is in my opinion a great kit. Their M60 not so much. Their M103 is terrible.
In the same fashion HobbyBoss has released some really decent kits, as the M26 Pershing, the AA7V, their IDF Achzarit, the Puma and Nagmachon. And they have released some pretty bad kits, like the STRV 122, Leopard 2 and Merkava IV. And these, even though they aren’t as good as good as the ones Tamiya and Meng, they are usually good enough for people who as you put it, look like the original in 4 feet.
 

urumomo

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Let's put Hobby Beast up against the entire Dragon BLACK LABEL disasters
 
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even though they aren’t as good as good as the ones Tamiya and Meng, they are usually good enough for people who as you put it, look like the original in 4 feet.
This is something I do have to think about since all my planes are going to have to hang from the rafters. My semi converted garage (everything is insulated but the ceiling isn't rocked) is stuffed all ready. So it is not like I am going to be able to closely examine them easily often. Though I am thinking on making their harness' some kind of loop that fit over a hook then having a stick with another hook on it to pluck them down with. Problem is, I suspect I'm most often going to want to look at airplanes when I'm four beers in.
 

urumomo

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better than flying those airplanes four beers in


. assuming you could squeeze your giant azz into those tiny plastic cockpits
 

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Oh man --- that was the catalyst to the absolute worst hangover of my life .

Egypt , Alexandria circa 1989 ? One of the few times I wished for death
 

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