SWhat Airfix Tank Kit is Best for Beginners?

Noob here, I'm wondering which Airfix tank kit is the best for beginners. I haven't built scale models before but it looks really fun. Already got some Enamel paints and a selection of brushes. 

DavidJC

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Hi DanielThePrawn, welcome aboard.

 

I can't speak for the best Airfix tank for a beginner, but unless I am misunderstaning you, if you are a new modeller I'm not so sure that an Airfix tank is the best place to start modelling?

 

I would say that Airfix tanks can be something of a challenge as they are pretty much old mouldings which tend to be worn and very much of the era they were born in to anyway with some inaccuracies and at times questionable fit. I'd hate for a new modeller to give up in frustration and never bother again.

 

I recognise you might want to build a tank, on the other hand, if you are a new modeller, I might point you to some of the new-tool Airfix releases (albeit aircraft) so that you can get your hand in, putting what you've learned into practice with older and less favourable kits. You might not find them as frustrating as a kit that might need more work than you envisage.

 

If you are more experienced than I am reading into your post I apologise; someone no doubt will have a better idea of the better of the tanks.

@DavidJC

Hi DanielThePrawn, welcome aboard.

 

I can't speak for the best Airfix tank for a beginner, but unless I am misunderstaning you, if you are a new modeller I'm not so sure that an Airfix tank is the best place to start modelling?

 

I would say that Airfix tanks can be something of a challenge as they are pretty much old mouldings which tend to be worn and very much of the era they were born in to anyway with some inaccuracies and at times questionable fit. I'd hate for a new modeller to give up in frustration and never bother again.

 

I recognise you might want to build a tank, on the other hand, if you are a new modeller, I might point you to some of the new-tool Airfix releases (albeit aircraft) so that you can get your hand in, putting what you've learned into practice with older and less favourable kits. You might not find them as frustrating as a kit that might need more work than you envisage.

 

If you are more experienced than I am reading into your post I apologise; someone no doubt will have a better idea of the better of the tanks.

I'd be fine with getting a kit for a plane. If the tank kits are of lower quality then i'll most likely get a plane kit. Thanks for your help

DavidJC

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Allow me to recommend the new tool Airfix Tomahawk, Hurricane and Spitfire (of different versions), all at 1/48. They are nice, well-fitting kits with a good amount of detail and being bigger than 1/72 give a bit more satisfaction.

 

If you aren't sure which are new-tooled Airfix kits, ask the shopkeeper or check online as to release dates. Broadly speaking you won't want to go back much further than ten years for a 'new-tool' Aiffix kit.

 

Don't let me put you off older kits or tanks, but the work you might need to put in to them to get a good result just might be offputting for a new modeller.

Paul Brown

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With regard to Airfix AFV kits I would say choose anything that takes your fancy. There’s no need to worry about quality, as a beginner you’re likely to make some mistakes, so it doesn’t really matter if the kit is good, bad or indifferent. The only thing that matters is whether or not you have a hoot building it and want to repeat the experience. The Centurion might be a good pick (if you can find one), it doesn’t have a lot of fiddly parts, also the much more recent Cromwell should suit beginners very nicely.

Patrick Camilleri

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I would go for the King Tiger or the Cromwell.  Both are relatively recent kits and you'll end up with a decent little model.

ntrocket88

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I agree with Paul that most of the 1/76 Airfix vehicle kits would be good for a beginner. The only one I would avoid is the Churchill, as the wheels are a bit of a challenge... The old StuG III (Assault Gun) kit is easy and makes a good, fairly accurate result. And it is currently in stock as a 'Vintage Classic'. However, the best choice to me, would be the new Cromwell IV kit. This is a new tool and builds easily into a good looking tank. The new tool King Tiger is OK, but I have heard the tracks are a real pain to fit... Hope this helps.

Paws4thot

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I'd think StuG III or Cromwell too, for reasons already discussed.

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Ratch

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The Cromwell is best as it doesn't have the rubber band tracks, and nor does the White Half Track for that matter. 

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Paws4thot

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What are the Cromwell's tracks like then? I loathe individual link tracks with a passion you can not concieve, and suspect a novice would have issues with link and length too.

The "White" (and indeed Bren Carrier) with their solid moulded tracks avoid all the issues with rubber bands, and with track links, but cause their own painting issues.

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

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