i hae some of there 48th armour, the T34 has amazing detail, how acc i dont
know...the Shermans are suposed to be great, but with niggly faults....not
heard anything bad...odd comments but nothing bad but im no expert
It's a new Chinese company, reputedly linked in some fashion with
Trumpeter. They have reissued some 1/35th scale track sets from a now-
defunct manufacturer, and are releasing a decent but not spectacular
series of 1/35th scale Leopard 2 tanks. They have promised some
interesting subjects, including up to date kits of the WW2 M4 gun
tractor and a Fast Attack Vehicle.
"eyeball" wrote in
Second this. 'Almost' snap-together kits, but using glue. All the ones I've
seen run 8-10 parts - the fuse is moulded as one part with a hollow for the
cockpit (like a resin kit), the wings are one piece (upper and lower, left
and right all moulded together), u/c is one plug-in module etc. BUT, very
nice to look at in the box and it seems they'll go together well. I saw a
review on one of them (F4F-3, IIRC) that said the shape was a little off,
but nothng the average modeller would worry about. GO FOR IT - great to
practise weathering and painting skills on, and a quick build, too. I'm
waiting for a Hurricane...
To expand a bit...the F4F-3 had the wing folds engraved (which it
wouldn't have had),but otherwise had good detail,especially at the
price.In my case the wings didn't seem to want to join smoothly with
the fuselage but otherwise it was a quick build.I think it took about
10 m> "eyeball" wrote
I have the easy 8 sherman, and glued most of it together. I got to a
point where I needed to paint, and put it away for a while to work on
more pressing subjects. The use of photo etch is very good, and the
shape looks pretty good to me, although I'd heard criticisms about it as
well. Unlike the T34, which has a complete interior in 1/48, the Sherman
in 1/48 has no interior. That's fine by me; I'm not interested in
building the interior anyhow.
Although the hobby boss Sherman may not have gone together as seamlessly
as a Tamiya kit, I appreciated that the hull was styrene. That means you
can use liquid glue to weld it rather than CA and filler. Tamiya
die-cast hulls are a gimmick; it adds nothing but a bit of heft to the
"Tamiya die-cast hulls"
I'm not an armor builder, but this caught my eye. When did Tamiya start
this? Is there a cost differential versus all plastic kits?
Wonder if they'll do die cast a/c fuselages next.
Rob, they're OK, small number of parts that go together real easy with good
detail for the scale (I'm talking 1/72 aircraft) and price ($10 Australian
pesos). Good value for building a few for display, or as a base for extras.
I've stuck my hands up for a 1/48 Mirage IIICJ theyr releasing soon too . .
yeah Art; the models are more realistic if they weigh more? (the detail
is softer, so I don't get it) I believe they started doing that with the
Tamiya 1/48 series, but Dragon had been doing it first (someone may
correct me) on their 1/72 armor series.
I don't know about the difference in cost between casting in metal or
injection molding. Someone else might chime in on that. As for the price
difference that us modelers see, it's fairly negligible. The Tamiya 1/48
armor retails between US$25 - US$30 per kit, and I'd expect roughly the
same if they used styrene vs metal. The Hobby Boss Easy 8 Sherman ran me
about $25, if I recall correctly.
Seriously, die-cast metal hulls add nothing to the model itself. If
you're a modeler who feels that some weight is good for the model, then
glue some metal inside the hull.
See you, Art!
I've done about ten of them and they look great on the shelf. The F4F
with silver fuselage, yellow wings, green tail, white cowling and
fuselage band is stunning. Tme to build? About ten minutes. It's the
Easy Model F4F, pre-built, pre-painted, same parts as the Hobby Boss
Another surprisingly good pre-made, pre-painted model is the Forces of
Battle P-40B Tomahawk. Engine access panels are removed with nice
engine showing. Paint scheme is a Pearl Harbor fighter. Their figures
are pretty good, too, at least n 1/72 scale.
Not that it really matters to me, but *supposedly* the Mirage IIIs are
copies of Eduard's Mirage. Read it on Hyperscale, I think. One of
those statements that caused quite a debate. That being said, if I can
find one (or more) I'll pick it up.