Updated May 06, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Model Airplane Kits

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you don't have the time or money to get your pilot's license, these model airplanes are the next best thing. Patterned after some of the most recognizable aircraft ever to patrol the skies, these kits will make an attractive addition to your collection, as well as sure-fire conversation starters whenever you have company over. And, of course, they're fun and challenging to put together. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best model airplane kit on Amazon.

10. Daron Skymarks Boeing 777

9. Guillow's Piper Super Cub 95

8. Academy Stuka Tank Buster

7. Revell B17G Flying Fortress

6. Tamiya Corsair Birdcage

5. Revell SR-71A Blackbird

4. Hasegawa F-22 Raptor

3. Miscy 3D Wooden

2. Revell Messerschmitt

1. Tamiya P-51D Mustang

Special Honors

Top Flite Gold Edition They're expensive and probably not for those with only a casual interest, but each Top Flite Gold Edition is a giant-scale option that can be flown, once you add an engine. There are a wide range of models to choose from, and they're made to high quality standards, but you'll need adequate room to build and store one. top-flite.com

Editor's Notes

May 06, 2019:

It's tough to objectively select the best model airplane kits, since most of the choice comes down to personal preference as well as skill level. That said, the Tamiya P-51D Mustang, the Tamiya Corsair Birdcage, and the Revell Messerschmitt remain fine options. The first two are more complicated and detailed, making them good for those who enjoy the building process. The Hasegawa F-22 Raptor also takes some work — and is handsome when finished — but has quite a number of decals, which not everyone enjoys. For kids, we kept the Guillow's Piper Super Cub 95, which requires more adult supervision, and added the Miscy 3D Wooden, which probably requires less. These are fine for children who haven't reached their teen years yet, whereas our other choices may not be. Finally, we also decided to keep the Daron Skymarks Boeing 777. It's a snap-fit model, so it won't have you tearing out your hair, but the coloring seems off to many. If you're a stickler for such details, you may want to give it a swerve.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on May 06, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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