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1/32 Nieuport 11 - kit differences
« on: January 18, 2020, 11:03:35 PM »
This is mostly curiosity

There seem to be two different manufacturers of the Nieuport Bebe in 1/32.

Special Hobby:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/special-hobby-sh32015-nieuport-nie-11-bebe--112420

and Amodel:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/amodel-3203-nieuport-11--121949

Looking at the sprues, they are obviously different kits. Is there anything that puts one above the other (apart from price)

Richard
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Re: 1/32 Nieuport 11 - kit differences
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 11:07:04 PM »
Ahh, I may have found an answer:

https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=7423.0

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Re: 1/32 Nieuport 11 - kit differences
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 08:45:59 AM »
Just to be sure, has anyone got experience of both kits?

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Re: 1/32 Nieuport 11 - kit differences
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2020, 01:31:52 PM »
Hi Richard, I have both in the cupboard but not built. A quick summary:

Special Hobby "French Aces" N11 Boxing:
-plastic parts seem nice, good for a "short run" smaller manufacturer
-bag of resin bits provides the engine and some other detail items
-there is an etched fret with windscreen, seatbelts and some other bits
-markings for three French subjects are provided

Amodel:3203 Imperial Russia:
some good pics in this auction:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Amodel-1-32-NIEUPORT-11-BEBE-Imperial-Russian-World-War-I-Fighter/362694521072?hash=item54724730f0:g:~skAAOSwwYFdIL6P

-plastic is not bad, quite Roden-like
-seems pretty complete - major bits for a good interior seem present for example
-no resin or etch details provided
-marking for one subject provided - admittedly it has a ton of markings with roundels in 14 locations - decals seem a little strange in hand but may be fine hard to say without trying them

If I recall I purchased the Amodel (11 and 16) "dirt cheap" and for the money I paid am satisfied with what I received. The kit is certainly not WNW but looks entirely build-able out of the box without a dramatic amount of aftermarket or scratch building needed. From this quick inbox review the Special Hobby kit is overall I think the "winner" but I believe it typically runs a bit more expensive. Of course the "proof is in the pudding" and I have not built either kit as yet but those are my in box impressions.

If you would like pics of either kit please let me know.

« Last Edit: January 20, 2020, 01:38:54 PM by petrov27 »

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Re: 1/32 Nieuport 11 - kit differences
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2020, 07:45:09 PM »
Thank you, that's just what I was after

In the UK, the Special Hobby kit is much easier to find, and is about half the price of the Amodel one

Richard
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