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What is the fastest, easiest kit to build?
Hohenstaufen
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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 11:37 PM UTC
+1 for anything Tamiya. Even the Char B, which has a lot of wheels, went together so quickly I actually had to force myself to slow down and take a break from it. They are that well engineered. In fact I like to try and do a Tamiya kit after a couple of Dragon or ICM kits to remind myself how much fun it can be! DML etc are very well detailed and are good kits but the plethora of parts can become draining I find.
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:02 AM UTC
Going to concur that in general most anything from Tamiya, especially their older kits, are super easy builds. However, the all-time winner might be the old Esci-Ertl Goliath kit. If you don't count the figures I think the thing had all of five parts.

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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:52 AM UTC
Any of the old Monogram 1/32 armor kits 'specially the Sherman.
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 04:03 AM UTC
I have to agree with Tamiya. So many of their kits are box shakers, but they're still generally accurate and nicely detailed. I particularly enjoy their 1/12 motorcycle models. If I could paint worth a darn, some of them might be pretty good lookers.
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 04:53 AM UTC

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What do you think the fastest, easiest kit is to throw together?


I'm sorry, but this is an unanswerable question.

What's the best tasting food?

What's the prettiest aircraft?

Who's the best modeller?


What's your purpose in asking such an open ended thing?
Bravo1102
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 05:36 AM UTC

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Quoted Text

What do you think the fastest, easiest kit is to throw together?


I'm sorry, but this is an unanswerable question.

What's the best tasting food?

What's the prettiest aircraft?

Who's the best modeller?


What's your purpose in asking such an open ended thing?


Maybe something as simple as sampling different opinions and perspectives on the topic of ease and simplicity.

Say you're going on a trip and you want to build a model; what would be the simplest and easiest one to bring and build? For me simplicity is equivalent to speed so the simpler the kit the faster it'll go together.
DickJones
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 06:51 AM UTC

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I'm sorry, but this is an unanswerable question.

What's the best tasting food?

What's the prettiest aircraft?

Who's the best modeller?


What's your purpose in asking such an open ended thing?



Do you normally post such obtuse replies on here?
iowabrit
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 06:54 AM UTC
I built the tamiya M51 Sherman in a day..
firstcircle
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 08:51 AM UTC
About 1 minute for the first one, maybe less for the second one in the box. Snap-tite vinyl.

Removed by original poster on 11/15/18 - 21:05:07 (GMT).
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 09:43 AM UTC
Tamiya; good kits, lots of variety; their figures are hit and miss in appearance but their vehicles are superb for fit and ease of assembly
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:13 AM UTC

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Anything I finish in under a year is a speed-build.....



Yep !

Sums it up for me too. (sometimes a couple years - shhhhh)

Cheers


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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:52 AM UTC
Any M113 without interior. They build up really fast, specially Tamiya ones. If you get one with interiors and don't want to spend time on it, you simpli dont use the parts.
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 01:37 PM UTC

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Quoted Text

I'm sorry, but this is an unanswerable question.

What's the best tasting food?

What's the prettiest aircraft?

Who's the best modeller?


What's your purpose in asking such an open ended thing?



Do you normally post such obtuse replies on here?




Do you normally post such obtuse questions on here?

Your question really has no answer. It is all a matter of opinion and has infinite variables, such as:

What is your skill level?
How quick do you build?
What era?
Wheeled or tracked vehicle? Aircraft, car...
spongya
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 09:47 PM UTC

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Soar Art Dora railgun



I see what you did there.
Bravo1102
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:04 PM UTC
This is about model building, not semantics or philosophy. A very general question has worth to collect a general survey of thoughts on a broad topic.

As it has. Since this is on the armor/afv forum one can be safe in assuming that this is vehicle related.

The older Tamiya armored cars or the still superb Monogram sdkfz 232 are fast and easy builds. In fact I built the ancient Tamiya Daimler scout car for a D-Day build in under a half hour. It took longer to handpaint the Belgian lion insignia on the bumper.

In a previous incarnation of this question I answered with the Airfix 1/32 scale Lee or Grant. For such a complex vehicle it was very well engineered and went together quickly without all the line-up problems of every Lee/Grant kit since.

Some one previously mentioned the Monogram Sherman's. I have to disagree because the transmission housing always gave me problems. And I just can't leave the rear all open like that and with those Lee air cleaners. Built three and tempted to do one more--

Really the easiest and fastest builds I ever did were 1/72 single engine World War II fighters. Vintage kits from the 1960-80s build so fast it's not funny. One like the Airfix Spitfire IX is a Sunday afternoon kit. Hasegawa, Tamiya and Academy 1/72 fighters require much less putty so there's no time to wait while it dries, but I like some kind of challenge to break things up when doing winged things. And I brush paint to maintain that "keep it simple" atmosphere.
DickJones
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:51 PM UTC

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Do you normally post such obtuse questions on here?



Even by your own complaint, that's the wrong definition of 'obtuse'. Your jumping from a complaint about ambiguity to being obtuse.


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Your question really has no answer.



Multiple people have answered it already.


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It is all a matter of opinion and has infinite variables.



It is all a matter of opinion? LOL, good observation there pal, good thing we're on a discussion board, where opinions are shared and discussion flows.

Are you okay? I guess you're having a bad week.
LonCray
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 02:14 AM UTC
I don't see anything wrong with the question. It's a legitimate question, especially for folks new to the hobby. It has legitimate answers, despite being open ended. And it evokes memories that modelers like to share such as the 1960's Airfix kits.
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 03:30 AM UTC
I'd go with Tamiya most of the time- though I have had a pig or two from them over a lifetime....
Generally the least stressful builds for sure- which is what this is all about for me- decompression and stress release.
It not always about parts [auto-censored] though; I've had the "joy" of Glencoe's 1/32 BTR50....45 or so parts - YUP 45 not a typo

took WAY too long to finish- should have binned it tbh...
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 03:55 AM UTC
I like the 1/35 KV tanks from Tamiya, impressive size for just a few parts.

Not too many small bits stick out when built up and the wheels roll smoothly, so it's easy to play with.
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 03:59 AM UTC

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What's the best tasting food?


Pringles sour cream and onion.


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What's the prettiest aircraft?


Airbus Beluga.

Back to the topic question:
Tamiya makes the best for 1/35. Their older kits do suffer from poor mouldings (ejector marks on visible surfaces), but fit is great.

If you're under a tighter budget or simply want to test painting skills, go for the Italeri 1/72 fast assembly. Comes with 2 vehicles in one kit. And plenty of decals for the spare box.
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 04:23 AM UTC
I just finished the Tamiya new tool M3 Stuart. It was the best fitting tank kit I ever built, and it only took me two nights to get it ready for painting. It was truly a joy to build.

Plus it has LOTS of machine guns.
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 07:19 AM UTC
Armourfast would be my suggestion. Needing something for a club airbrushing day next week, I literally built one in part of an afternoon at the IPMS Nats last weekend. And Im the bloke who still hasnt finished any of the Hobby Boss easy build aircraft kits he started last year which some reviewers profess to have constructed in a couple of hours.

I am, of course, only building airplanes for er, my friend😉
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 09:49 AM UTC

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Are you okay? I guess you're having a bad week.



Nope, I'm having a great week. I still think it is a ignorant (obtuse) question, but whatever. Have at it.
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:59 AM UTC
The title of the thread tends to give one an idea of what it's about, without having to read it. So for those who are offended - don't! (Like any news item with the word Kardashian or the phrase x number of things you never knew about x.)

I chose to read it because I already knew how I'd respond. The Lindberg Stalin kit barely qualifies as a model.