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What is your 'Kit Of The Year 2021'?

As the year is almost over – if not Christmas, as this is being written on Christmas Eve(!) – I’ve been giving some thought to my favourite kits of 2021 and what is likely to catch my eye in 2022. This is based on what I’ve built this year, not what I have seen being released elsewhere, personal preference being a rather unfair way of deciding on such things as this! So, having taken all factors into account, price, accuracy, ease of assembly and appearance once complete, I’ve decided that Kinetic’s 1/48 Pucara is my ‘Kit Of The Year 2021‘.


Of course there are some notable inclusions in the list, with the excellent Tamiya 1/48 F-4 Phantom and my soon-to-be-built ICM 1/48 OV-10A both serious contenders!

Others, I am sure will point to the Eduard 1/48 Zero, as well as some of the smaller releases this year such as ARMA’s superb Wildcat and Finemold’s successful range of 1/72 Phantoms. There were so many this year: what was your favourite?!

So, well done Kinetic – here’s looking forward to seeing what you have in store or 2022!


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I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!

7 comments on “AVIATION KIT OF THE YEAR 2021!

  1. Darren McQuillan

    A worthy winner from an amazing list of candidates. I just picked up the Kinetic Pucara last week and looking forward building it in the near future.


  2. Bob Sikkel

    Well, in terms of kits acquired in 2021, not necessarily released in, mine would have to be:
    Special Hobby 1/32 Whirlwind (hubba hubba!)

    ICM 1/32 Gladiator feels like it should be a tie, but perhaps already having a Silver Wings one JUST bumped it down.

    I think that the Airfix 1/48 Vampire will join the ranks once I open my present tomorrow and have a look… and I’m very eager for an ICM OV-10A, but haven’t taken steps to claim one yet.

    I also feel that I’m forgetting something, that may have been in my head just moments ago. I guess it is time to wander through the stash and reminisce!



  3. Ian Nicholls

    I very much enjoyed the Airfix 1/72 Beaufort although maybe that was a 2020 release.


  4. baker24earthlinknet

    I am a sloth. and bought only one aircraft kit in 2021 – bought a bunch of 1/35 Shermans though, so I claim sanctuary….. My one kit for 2021 is the highly-regarded ICM OV-10A Bronco. I have always liked the plane and this kit more than replaces the ancient Hawk kit – it is in another universe….. I have fondled the parts in the box, and with enough of Fred Henderson’s elderberry wine I shall do battle on the work bench. May the force be with us…..


  5. Agree on the Kinetic Pucara, but I have it tied with the Modelsvit F-82. This is a wonderful kit, a lot less hard than people expect, and it marks Modelsvit moving from “high-end limited-run” to “mainstream.” It fits like an Aduard kit. With the surface detail of an Eduard. And both are tied with the HKM Lancaster – a complex kit that isn’t complicated and practically guarantees a great result.

    Honorable mentions: (all tied in my mind)

    Special Hobby/Eduard Tempest II.

    ora Wings P-35, P-35A, AT-9, MB 152/155

    Clear Prop H-75N, Skyshark

    Wingsy 109E series

    Eduard Spitfire V series

    Special Hobby Westland Whirlwind

    In 1/72, KOTR is the Airfix 1/72 Vulcan. Everything we always wanted in a Vulcan, and not difficult.


  6. Harold Cline

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Spencer. “God bless us every one.”


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