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These are Large Scale Planes and aircraft model kits.

  • 1/16
  • 1/18
  • 1/32
  • 1/35
  • 1/24

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.


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RAF Mirage III E/R


EF2000B Eurofighter Typhoon


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F18 Super Hornet


tamiya f16 fighting falcon model kit

F16CJ Fighting Falcon


tamiya f15 eagle model kits

Boeing F15C Eagle


Sukhoi Su27 Flanker B Fighter


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F14A Tomcat Black Knights


Tornado ECR


Bae Hawk T.1 RAF


trumpeter fulcrum mig29 model kits

MIG29 Fulcrum Soviet Fighter


MIG29 Fulcrum Soviet Fighter


MIG29 Fulcrum Soviet Fighter


Russia Mig29L Fulcrum


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A10 Thunderbolt


A7E Corsair II Aircraft


A7D Corsair II Aircraft


A4E Skyhawk Attack Aircraft


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F4G Phanton II


tamiya douglas f4 phantom II model kit

F4J Phantom II Navy


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F4J Phantom II Marines


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F4CD Phantom II


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MIG Flogger Soviet Fighter


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F104 Starfighter Cockpit


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F104 Starfighter


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F104 Starfighter GS


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Shenyang FT5 Trainer 2-Seater Fighter


Shenyang F5 Mig17 Fighter


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O2A Skymaster U.S. Navy Service


Piper Club Rosie The Rocketer


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USAF F100D Super Sabre Attack Fighter


USAF F100F Super Sabre Attack Fighter


USAF F100D Thunderbird


USAF F100D Thunderbird


Bell X1 Rocket Plane


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USAF F84E Thunderjet


F84E Thunderjet


atlantis allison airplane jet engine model kit

Allison Prop Jet Engine


Wright Cyclone Aircraft Engine


trumpeter skyraider model

US Navy A1D Ad4 Skyraider


trumpeter skyraider model kit

US Navy A1H AD6 Skyraider


US Navy A1H Skyraider


US Air Force A1J Skyraider


B26-50 Invader Korean War American Bomber


hobby boss p61 black widow model kit

P61B Black Widow


P61A Black Widow


tamiya p51 mustang model

North American P51D Mustang


P51D P-51K Mustang


P51D Mustang


revell p51 mustang model

US P51D-5NA Mustang


US P51D 15NA Mustang


trumpeter p51b mustang model kit d-day

P51B Mustang


P51D Mustang


revell p51 mustang model kit

P51B Mustang


trumpeter p51b model

RAF P51B Mustang


dragon mustang p51 model

P51 Mustang with Rockets


P51 Mustang with Rockets


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P51D Mustang IV Fighter


P51D Mustang Checker Tail


hasegawa p47 model

US P47D Thunderbolt


trumpeter-p47 model

P47N Thunderbolt Fighter


trumpeter p40 warhawk model kit

P40F Warhawk


trumpeter p40 kitty hawk model kit

P40N Kitty Hawk


trumpeter warhawk model

P40B Warhawk Aircraft / Tomahawk MkIIa


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P39 Aircobra


trumpeter p38 model

US P38L-5-LO Lightning Fighter


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B24 Bomber


B24 Bomber


B17 Bomber


B17 Bomber


A26C Invader


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SBD3 Dauntless Midway US Navy


trumpeter bearcat model

US F8F1 Bearcat Fighter


airfix hellcat model

Grumman F6F5 Hellcat


trumpeter hellcat model

US F6F3N Hellcat Night Fighter


US F6F3N Hellcat


TBM3 Avenger


TBF1C Avenger Aircraft


revell corsair f4u model

US Vought F4U1A Cosair


tamiya corsair f4u model

Vought F4U Corsair


tamiya supermarine spitfire model

RAF Supermarine Spitfire


tamiya supermarine spitfire mk model kits

Supermarine Spitfire


revell spitfire model

RAF Spitfire Mk. IXC


RAF Spitfire Mk. IXc Teknic


hobby boss spitfire model

RAF Spitfire Tropical


revell spitfire II model

RAF Supermarine Spitfire


Spitfire Mk.Vb


Spitfire Mk.1a


Hawker Typhoon 1B


Hawker Tempest V


trumpeter hurricane fighter model kits

RAF Hurricane Mk.IID


RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk.I


Westland Whirlwind F Mk.I Cannon Fighter


hk models avro lancaster model

Avro Lancaster Dambuster


Avro Lancaster B MkI


1/32 Famous Pilots of WWII


Mig 3 Fighter


das werk walli model

Ju EF-126 Elli/EF-127 Walli


Clear Visible Messerschmitt Me262A1a German Fighter


revell me262 model

Me262 A1 A2 Jetfighter

trumpeter me262 jet fighter model kit

ME262 Night Fighter


trumpeter me262 model

Messerschmitt Me262A1a Fighter with R4M Rocket


Messerschmitt Me163B Komet


Messerschmitt Me163B Komet


Messerschmitt Me163B Komet


trumpeter Messerschmitt bf109 model kit

Messerschmidt BF109G


Messerschmitt Bf109F4 German Fighter


Messerschmitt Bf109E7 German Fighter


Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 Regia Aeronautica


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Messerschmitt BF109F-4 TROP


Bf109G 4 Jagdeschwader 27


Messerschmitt Bf109 E-4 Tropical


Messerschmitt Bf109E Major Wick


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Messerschmitt Bf109 G


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Messerschmitt ME109


trumpeter bf109e trop model

Messerschmitt Bf109E4 Tropical


Messerschmitt Bf109 G14


trumpeter bf109g model

Messerschmitt BF109G Fighter


trumpeter bf109e model

Messerschmitt Bf109E3


Messerschmitt Bf 109 G2


Messerschmitt Bf109G-10


Messerschmitt Bf 109 G2 Trop


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Messerschmitt BF109G6


trumpeter bf109-trop model

Messerschmitt BF109F4 Tropical


Messerschmitt Bf109E4 German Fighter


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FW190 F8


Focke Wulf FW190 D9


revell fw190 sturmbock model kit

FW190 A8 Sturmock


FW190 A8


Junkers Ju87B Stuka


hasegawa stuka model

Junkers Ju87G Stuka with Figures


trumpeter stuka model

Junkers Ju87A Stuka Dive Bomber


trumpeter junkers

Junkers Stuka


Junkers Stuka


revell bf110 model

Messerschmitt Bf110 C2 / C7 Bomber


Messerschmitt Bf110D-3 - Wing Tech


Dornier Do335 B2 Destroyer


Fieseler V1 Rocket


Fieseler V1 Rocket


miniart focke wulf model

Focke Wulf Trebflugel with Boarding Ladder


Mitsubishi Zero


A6M5C Zero Fighter Type 52


tamiya a6m zero model kit

Mitsubish Zero


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Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero


Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero


Nakajima Shoki


Mitsubishi A6M5A Zero Fighter Type 52 KOH Junyo


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Nakajima Ki84 Type 4 Hayate Fighter


Kawanishi N1K2J Shidenkai George


Nakajima Oscar


Kawanishi N1K2J Shidenkai George Late Version


Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden Jack Type 21


Mitsubishi Zero Pearl Harbor Type 21


Kawanishi NIK2J Shidenkai Prototype


Laird Turner Meteor


Fairey Swordfish MK II


Fokker DR1 Red Baron


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Fokker DR1 Triplane


meri international dr1 fokker model kit red baron

Fokker DR1 Triplane


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Fokker DR1 Triplane


Fokker DR1 Triplane


1/16 Fokker DR1


1/16 Fokker Tripane DR1


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Sopwith Camel


Sopwith Camel


icm stearmand biplane model kit

Stearman Biplane


miniart liore et oliver model kit

Liore Et Oliver C30A


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miniart hummingbird kolibri model

Flettner 282 V-23 Kolibri - Hummingbird


Dauphin 2 French Marine


Chinese Z-9WA Helicopter


academy blackhawk model

UH60L Black Hawk


Seahawk SH60B


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Blue Hawk Air Rescue Group


Knight Hawk MH60S


Ocean Hawk MH60S


trumpeter panther helicopter model kits

Panther Helicopter


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Hind Mi24V Helicopter


academy usmc shark mouth model

USMC AH1Z Cobra Shark Mouth


AH1G Cobra US Attack Helicopter


AH1G Cobra US Attack Helicopter


AH1G Arctic Cobra Helicopter


Bell AH1G Cobra US Attack Helicopter


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Bell UH1 Huey B


Bell UH1D


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Bell UH1 Huey


OH-6A Cayuse


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Huge Batman Batwing


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Airplane Stand


Scale Airplane Building Jig


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Supermarine Spitfire
Restoration Manual

haynes spitfire restoration book

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