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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 like today.

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 developed 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.

Whether 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 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.

Now model companies are starting to get into making 1/35 scale kits. These go well with the hundreds if not thousands of 1/35 figures and military kits that are already available. And 1/35 is not that different than 1/32. I think doing this makes the model appeal to a larger model buliding base of customers.

Some of my favorite aircraft are:

The P40. I like it's sleek lines. The use of the "sharknose" graphics are a favorite of mine also. The planes look good in green or tropical desert paint schemes. I recommend The Flying Tigers, a John Wayne movie. It gives some history about when P40's were used before WWII in China, trying to fight off the invading Japanese forces. The real planes wrre very basic, and not perfect as far as a fighter, but they got the job done when needed.

Another favorite of mine is the P51 Mustangs. I prefer the bubbletop canopy versions. It's another sleek aircraft, and it does resemble the P40 in some ways. (or the A36 Apache). Many of them were silver, so from a painting aspect, they're usually an easy paint scheme to apply to the model.

The F4U Corsair is an aircraft I like too. The inverted wing is so unusual. The dark blue paint schemes are easier to paint. The radial engine just begs for more detail on a model.

The Douglas Skyraiders appeal to me because it was the first aircraft model I ever built in the late 1960s. It's a prop plane too.

I don't have a particular jet fighter that I like. They're all pretty similar. Though I have built a Russian Mig Fulcrum before, and that was an interesting plane. The intake vents on top of the wings were unusual (the Russians use the vents to suck up air from above the runway on takeoff and taxing, rather than suck up debris and dirt directly off the runway). I thought that was clever.

Though the Russians can be very practical when it comes to their engineering. Almost the opposite of German engineering. Germans will use 5 knobs when only one is needed, the Russians will only use one it seems.

There are a lot of aircraft I haven't built, and given the time, I'd love to build them all. There are still plenty more P40 and P51 kits.

Large Scale Planes and aircraft model kits of scales 1/32, 1/35, on up to 1/24.

 

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RAF Harrier GR Mk.1

 

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F104 Starfighter Cockpit

 

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Airbus H145 Police

 

CH47D Chinook Helicopter

 

Fokker DR1 Triplane

 

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Ju EF-126 Elli/EF-127 Walli

 

hasegawa p40 model

P40 Warhawk with Pilot Figure

 

Apache AH64A Helicopter

 

revell p51 mustang model

US P51D-5NA Mustang

 

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Messerschmitt ME109

 

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Bell X1 - Includes Cockpit, Engine, Pilot and Broomstick

 

revell huey gunship model

Bell UH1D Huey Gunship Helicopter

 

Panther Helicopter

 

P51D Mustang

 

revell bf109g model

Messerschmitt Bf109 G6

 

revell corsair f4u model

US Vought F4U1A Cosair

 

trumpeter mig3 model

Russian MIG3

 

Sopwith Camel

 

Stearman Biplane

 

Allison Prop Jet Engine

 

US Navy MH60S Tridents

 

revell me262 model

Me262 A1 A2 Jetfighter

 

miniart avro raf model

RAF AVRO 671 ROTA MK.I

 

revell spitfire model

RAF Spitfire Mk. IXC

 

miniart hummingbird kolibri model

Flettner 282 V-23 Kolibri - Hummingbird

 

I-16 Type 24

 

P39 Aircobra

 

Westland Lynx

 

Boeing F15E Strike Eagle with Bunker Buster

 

Boeing F15E Strike Eagle with Bunker Buster

 

F16CJ Fighting Falcon

 

F18 Super Hornet

 

F14B Tomcat

 

F117 Nighthawk

 

revell ec135 model

German Army EC135 Helicopter

 

trumpeter hellcat model

US F6F3N Hellcat Night Fighter

 

doyusha p51d model

North American P51D Mustang

 

doyusha p51d model

Messerschmitt BF109G6

 

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Nakajima Ki84 Type 4 Hayate Fighter

 

trumpeter bf109g model

Messerschmitt BF109G Fighter

 

revell fw190 model

Focke Wulf FW190 A-8 Nightfighter

 

hasegawa bf109 trop model

Messerschmitt BF109F-4 TROP

 

academy usmc shark mouth model

USMC AH1Z Cobra Shark Mouth

 

revell he210 night model

Heinkel He219 A-O/A-2 Nightfighter

 

hasegawa p47 model

US P47D Thunderbolt

 

hobby boss spitfire model

RAF Spitfire Tropical

 

kitty hawk t6 model

Harvard II North American T-6 Texan

 

revell spitfire II model

RAF Supermarine Spitfire

 

special hobby tempest II model

RAF Hawker Tempest Mk.V

 

trumpeter wildcat model

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

 

hasegawa p51 model

USAF P51D with Rocket Tubes

 

eduard condor model

Messerschmitt Bf109E Legion Condor

 

academy blackhawk model

UH60L Black Hawk

 

dragon mustang p51 model

USAF F35 Lightning II

 

airfix hellcat model

Grumman F6F5 Hellcat

 

trumpeter skyraider model

US Navy A1D Ad4 Skyraider

 

trumpeter p51b model

RAF P51B Mustang

 

trumpeter bearcat model

US F8F1 Bearcat Fighter

 

trumpeter stuka model

Junkers Ju87A Stuka Dive Bomber

 

trumpeter bf109-trop model

Messerschmitt BF109F4 Tropical

 

trumpeter sbd model

US Navy SBD Dauntless

 

trumpeter harrier model

US Marines AV8B Harrier II Night Attack

 

miniart focke wulf model

Focke Wulf Trebflugel with Boarding Ladder

 

trumpeter tbm avenger model

US TBF1C Avenger

 

trumpeter super sbre model

USAF F100D Super Sabre Attack Fighter

 

trumpeter super sbre model

RAF Hurricane Mk.IID

 

 

special hobby tempest model

RAF Tempest Mk.V

 

revell red arrows model

BAE Hawk RAF Red Arrows Arobatic Team

 

kitty hawk sabre dog model

USAF F86D Sabre Dog

 

hasegawa stuka model

Junkers Ju87G Stuka with Figures

 

revell bf110 model

Messerschmitt Bf110 C2 / C7 Bomber

 

trumpeter bf109e model

Messerschmitt Bf109E3

 

trumpeter p38 model

US P38L-5-LO Lightning Fighter

 

trumpeter warhawk model

P40B Warhawk Aircraft / Tomahawk MkIIa

 

meng komet model

Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet

 

dragon mustang p51 model

P51 Mustang with Rockets

 

trumpeter-p47 model

P47N Thunderbolt Fighter

 

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P51D Mustang IV Fighter

 

trumpeter-sbd3  model

SBD3 Dauntless Midway US Navy

 

tamiya corsair f4u model

Vought F4U Corsair

 

trumpeter bf109e trop model

Messerschmitt Bf109E4 Tropical

 

trumpeter me262 model

Messerschmitt Me262A1a Fighter with R4M Rocket

 

tamiya supermarine spitfire model

RAF Supermarine Spitfire

 

superwings kawasaki nick model

Kawasaki Ki45 Kai Tei Toryu

 

superwings do335 a12 model

Dornier Do 335A-12 Pfeil

 

hk models b17 model

B17G Flying Fortress Bomber

 

hobby boss f84 model

USAF F84E Thunderjet

 

hobby boss f84 model

US Navy A1H AD6 Skyraider

 

trumpeter a10 model

A10 Thunderbolt

 

F14A Tomcat Black Knights

 

Supermarine Spitfire

 

hk models b25 model

US B25J Mitchell Strafer

 

hk models avro lancaster model

B-25J Mitchell Strafer

 

Dehavilland Mosquito

 

US B24J Liberator Bomber

 

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Huge Batman Batwing

 

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Airplane Stand

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North American
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