Large Scale Planes are getting popular more and more. With
their larger size, these scale aircraft models can be easier
to work on and handle, but can still allow for many added
detail parts to bring them to life. Typically large scale
means 1/32 or 1/24.
Big Scale Planes used to be few and far
between, with just a few offerings, from companies like
Revell or Airfix. Many of these aircraft kits are still
around today, but sometimes their moldings can be dated
to a time when they probably weren't very popular, and were
more expensive to the average builder. Few detail parts
existed back then, so if there were any issues with the
kit that needed corrections, there were no resin or photo
etch parts to bring the kit back to being an exact replica.
Now Large Scale Airplane models are made
by many companies. Not just Revell or Airfix, but companies
like Trumpeter, Tamiya, Zoukei-Mura, and Dragon models,
just to name a few. Most of these are modern toolings, with
more parts in a kit than you can imagine. Details from engines,
to wing spars, to internal fuel tanks, to removable cowlings.
These kits produced today will easily rival any 1/72 or
1/48 scale aircraft models.
But the older Model companies are getting
into the game with new kits to add to their large scale
aircraft lineup, including Airfix, which just recently issued
an all new model of the Hawker Typhoon. Not a reissue, this
kit was deveoped from the ground up, and exceeds anything
most modelers could ever dream of as far as detals.
Zoukei-Mura (Super Wing Series) is a relatively
newcomer to the model scene, but their kits are exceptional
in detail. Cross section parts reveal all the inner working
of an aircraft, from the spars to the internal fuel tanks
and gun placements. They even offer details parts to go
beyond the boxed model, though the kits are so detailed,
there isn't much you can add.
you preference is 1/32 or 1/24 scale, these kits offer more
than your typical models. With options such as posable flaps
and rudders, pilot figures, moving parts, removale pieces
using magnets, and many more, these kits rise to an all
new level of building. Let's hope the trend continues and
we get many more large scale plane models in the future.