9 Best WW2 Model Kits in 2020 by Category (Airplanes, Tanks, etc.)

Best WW2 Model Kits

In this post, I’ll list some of the best WWII model kits by category. While the picks are subjective and based on my personal preference, I hope you find something you like!

Contents:

  1. Best WW2 Model Airplane Kits
  2. Best WW2 Model Ship Kits
  3. Best WW2 Model Tank Kits

Best WW2 Model Airplane Kits


Tamiya Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - Razorback

Top Pick
Tamiya Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - Razorback
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Approximately 10.25 inches long 
  • Typical high quality and well engineered Tamiya kit 
  • Parts fit together well 
  • Great cockpit detail 


Revell B25J Mitchell Aircraft Model (1/48)

Runner-up Pick
  • 138 pieces and detailed crew figures included
  • This is a challenging kit to put together (definitely not recommended for beginners!) 
  • Requires large amounts of paint and glue — that will likely be the majority of your time building this model.


Revell F4U-4 Corsair Model Kit

Also Great
Revell F4U-4 Corsair Model Kit
  • One customer said that he has been building models for more than 50 years, and this is the best 1/72 scale Corsair model kit he has seen 
  • Great cockpit and engine detail

Best WW2 Model Ship Kits


IJN Battleship Nagato Special Set A Scale Model

Top Pick
  • Scale: 1/350 
  • 30 inches long (this is a large one!)
  • Straightforward instructions that intermediate/experienced modelers should easily be able to follow 
  • Lots of parts, so make sure you have enough space to assemble this


Revell U.S.S. Enterprise Plastic Model Kit

Runner-up Pick
Revell U.S.S. Enterprise Plastic Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/720 
  • Parts fit well together, great finishes, incredible detail 
  • You’ll need to purchase aftermarket decals


Tamiya US Navy DD445 Fletcher Model Building Kit

Also Great
Tamiya US Navy DD445 Fletcher Model Building Kit
  • Tamiya 1/350
  • Length: 12.9 inches — this is a good option for those who prefer to build a smaller ship

Best WW2 Model Tank Kits


Tamiya US Army M48A3 Patton Battle Tank

Top Pick
Tamiya US Army M48A3 Patton Battle Tank
  • 1/35 scale military model kit, high quality decals
  • Served a very important role in World War II (see more historical info)


Tamiya British Infantry Tank Matilda

Runner-up Pick
Tamiya British Infantry Tank Matilda
  • Scale: 1/35 
  • Well molded and parts fit together well (typical Tamiya quality)


Tamiya Model: SdKfz 124 Wespe German Tank

Also Great
Tamiya SdKfz 124 Wespe German Tank
  • 1/35 tank model kit 
  • Good option for those who’d like to use it in dioramas  
  • Kit comes with 2 crew figures (loader and commander)
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