MM kits bad fit?

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by bfam4t6, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. bfam4t6

    bfam4t6 Member

    Is it just me or do Maly Modelarz planes generaly have a bad fit. Every kit of theres i try seems to have many gaps or bad seems. I'm just trying to figure out of they lack a neat design, or if I am just lacking in skill. Just curious to see what others think of their kits.
  2. NOBI

    NOBI Active Member

    Hi There,

    Scaned model? or u purchase booklet and assemble...if u said u assemble scaned model what u d/l from elsewhere...i guarantee that is not have good fit absolutely...try to purchase booklet model, u will see a different.
  3. shoki2000

    shoki2000 Active Member

    Old issues of Maly Modelarz tend to have some problems - nothing radical but it could give a slight headache.
    Newer issues (last few years) are very good/ excellent quality
  4. lgl007

    lgl007 Member

    I agree with Shoki2000... all the new editions are excellent, although it is still best to read someone's review. For instance GPM's Bismarck, although relatively recent, has some fit issues. The numerical sequences of the kits (identifying numbers) relay the date of issue so if you stay current you are apt to get better kits.

    Try on of A. Halinski's recent models, like the P-51 I built... see my full review and build...

    Or his new P-40E... the instructions are quite good, as far as cardboard models go, and the fit and finish is superb... Saburo, who is building the Halinski Bismarck (as am I) likes to say that the fit is much like a "Swiss watch" :wink:

    Good luck...

  5. tino

    tino Member

    Hi Greg,
    Wen will we see pictures of your build?
    Do you gonna make a review of the Bismarck?

  6. lgl007

    lgl007 Member

    Hey Tino,

    Ya, I'll do a full write up like the P-51. I just started the Bismarck this weekend... been doing alot of research up till now and I've been picking Saburo's (Rob's) brain... he's quite the expert on the Bismarck. I'm not gonna rush this one... that's for sure... I just wish that the Halinski Bismarck came with instructions as good as the HMV kit - then I wouldn't have to do so much research. /shrug

    If anyone is interested in building the Bismarck, give me a holler because I have reference material that'll blow your mind... :D

  7. tino

    tino Member

    Reference material!
    What kind? Internet sites?
  8. lgl007

    lgl007 Member

    No, everyone can find sites... I have 3-D pictures that can be zoomed in while retaining full resolution of the various ship sections... so that you can see all the details... quite nice actually. I also have compilations of finished Bismarck models for my personal reference... all in all about 300+ photos... of both the HMV and Halinski kits...

  9. tino

    tino Member

  10. Piotr

    Piotr New Member

    The older Maly Modelarz, especially those engineered by Mr. Wasiak seem to have some fit issues. They can be overcome, but you have to do some planning ahead and lots of test fitting. I usually scan them and build from the printouts so that if something doesnt fit I can modify it myself and print it again.
  11. bfam4t6

    bfam4t6 Member

    Well that's good to know. The only Maly Modelarz kits that I've built to date have been scans, but as far as I know the man who placed them on his site wrote the company and gained permission to post them free of charge first. I've been wanted to give the newest version of the Su-22 by maly modelarz a try so that's why I wondering about them.

    Also, I agree with you Greg. Halisnki kits are wonderful. I'm currently about half way throuhg building their Su-27 kit. So far it looks pretty good, although I really regret not converting the fuselage to connecting strips instead of glueing it butt-to-butt. I also had a little accident with the back of the fuselage because I used fomers that were too thick which created some ugly little gaps and spots where formers show, so I kinda dropped building it for awhile. By the way, I've looked at all of your pics of the P-51 and it turned out flawlessly. I can't wait to see what you do with the Bismarck.
  12. DeWayne

    DeWayne Member

    I hate to be the bearer of gloom and doom but your friend is most likely not being truthful with you. There are no legal "free" models of the Maly Model kits, new, old or otherwise. These are pirate scans, most often 100 dpi jpgs that are of very poor quality. Contact me off list, please: and I'll give you more information.
  13. Darwin

    Darwin Member

    However, on the bright side, Lighthouse Modelart carries a fair selection of the latest (within the last 5 years) Maly kits at very reasonable prices, and they do appear to be worth buying (see the first impressions forum). Papermodels International also has a few Maly kits (see their Specials page).
  14. bfam4t6

    bfam4t6 Member

    So basically all the scans are illegal? I guess this means the F-16 I'm working on will be the last one I build. I figured since most of the kits seemed pretty old and likely out of print that Maly Modelarz had actually given permission. I emailed you the sites that i got them from Dewayne.

    Also, lighthouse is actually where I planned to purchase the Su-22 Darwin. Currently it's the only website that i know of that carries it, and luckily it's in Canada i believe, so I don't have to pay outrageous shipping fees.
  15. charliec

    charliec Active Member

    There is at least one vendor on eBay located in the US who seems to specialise in Maly kits - I bought one and it was a kosher Maly kit. I suspect he may be buying remaindered stock ex-Poland.


  16. cygielski

    cygielski Member

    Don't expect the publishers of Maly Modelarz to give anything away, even for promotional reasons or when the models are long out of print and of no further use to them.
    The people behind it are generally pretty stolid bureaucrats - the 'company' isn't a company, but Poland's National Defense League, which in the bad old days was mostly a communist propaganda organization. It has obviously changed since then, but the people running it still aren't known for creative thinking and quick decision making.
    If you want legal scans, the only place you can buy them is from their website (only in Polish): They only take bank transfer payments, no credit cards. :(
  17. Boris

    Boris Member

    On the other hand kits designed by mr. Pawel Mistievic are just great and ,as I undersood , for now he is one of the main designers for MM - I guess that the school of designing ships is a very good and "teaching" one . Earlier mr.Mistievic designed only ships but now he designes tanks and planes - you can see the plane designed by him in my album(it's september 1996 if I'm not wrong) and to tell you the truth ,I had a great time building this model althogh I printed it on my good old 180 g/m2 bristol paper (sorry ,I dont know the american "stock" mesurment for thickness of this paper ) which sometimes hurts the fitting of the model

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