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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 02:27 PM GMT+7
Hi gang

newest addition to Tamiyas 1/48 aicraft line. Looks like a great model:



Tamiya A6M-5 Reisen

have fun

Steffen
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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 04:18 PM GMT+7
Hi Steffen

Very tasty!

Having passed my self-imposed "line in the sand" of 300 reviews, I'm being uncharacteristically strict with myself and trying desperately NOT to buy so many new kits - but this is very tempting!

It's great to see Tamiya including canopy masks as standard again. Still a decal seat harness, but they're learning...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 12:45 AM GMT+7
Wow! Too bad there's no drooling emoticon . That looks spectacular! It'll be interesting to see who ends up with the nicer zero line, Tamiya with this new tool or Hasegawa's A6M8.

Very nice! Thanks for showing it off.
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 04:59 AM GMT+7
Hi Guys

here are some more pix at the Tamiya site

http://www.tamiya.com/japan/products/61103zero_fighter/index.htm





cheers

Steffen
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 05:41 AM GMT+7
Hi Steffen

The figures and accessories look excellent. I see they have a separate set of etched parts - so they really are learning!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 06:57 AM GMT+7
Hi Rowan

I find the extra set very "überflüssig" .. to put it mildly (esp. considering euro prices). I rather buy an eduard zoom. But anyone can give his money to Tamiya as he wishes (or she respectively).

just my 2ct

cheers

Steffen.
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 04:33 PM GMT+7
Hi Steffen

Yep - you can bet Eduard will include a pre-painted instrument panel and other details along with the harness in their inevitable aftermarket sets for this kit.

But my point was really that it's encouraging to see Tamiya offering etched parts (especially the harness) at all. You can almost feel the tide turning and the next stage surely ought to be to see them included as standard in their kits - that's one area where "upward pressure" from the short-run manufacturers is making us take such items for granted and, perhaps because of their background, Eduard have set what I believe will be the standard which all the majors are forced to match eventually - with masks and (at least basic) etched accessories included in the standard edition new kits. It'll be particularly interesting to how long it takes Hasegawa to start following the trend...

Your post has prompted me to place a new order with HLJ - I know, my resistance to nice new kits is SO low! LOL! I'll be away for a couple of weeks after this weekend so, hopefully, there'll be something exciting to look forward to around the time I get back...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 04:52 PM GMT+7
Hello Rowan

Well, I do not think PE is a must. I know many people who are scared off by that stuff. It is also not new for Tamiya, remember the Swordfish .. not my cup of tea, but they had a PE set for that one already.

OTOH I find those masks very good .. I prefer the Eduard pre cut stuff but the Tamiya stuff is a good addition to the kits

Have a nice vacation!!

cheers

Steffen
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 05:00 PM GMT+7
Hi Steffen

The Swordfish is a prime example of where Tamiya got it totally wrong - in the UK at least, the original kit was vastly overpriced and the accompanying etched set just "added insult to injury". Hopefully, the new releases show that they're beginning to understand the changing market better.

I think we're really saying the same thing from different aspects.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 05:03 PM GMT+7
I will be starting my first (amazing isn't it) Japanese aircraft soon. It has kinda piqued my interest in this genre. And now this from Steffen. Must be a sign. Must buy new kit, must buy new kit...
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 05:07 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Have a nice vacation!!

cheers

Steffen



Hi again

Unfortunately, it won't be totally a vacation - I'll be "working on work" so-to-speak. I've my first docco as director coming up in the autumn, so I'll be conducting interviews and checking locations - but any chance to get away from London is fine by me!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 05:26 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Hi Steffen

The Swordfish is a prime example of where Tamiya got it totally wrong - in the UK at least, the original kit was vastly overpriced and the accompanying etched set just "added insult to injury". Hopefully, the new releases show that they're beginning to understand the changing market better.

I think we're really saying the same thing from different aspects.

All the best

Rowan



Hi Rowan

well, somehow Tamiya is way overpriced in Europe. I got this for 3800 yen including S&H which is about 24 Euro .. this kit costs almost twice as much here. So I think it is more a problem of the distributors than the manufacturer. See e.g. Stevens Intl. who make the world prices for Trumpeter et al. (remember when these kits were dirt cheap? ...)

As for your job: good luck !! ..... hope it is not "Hitlers Helpers pt.278"

cheers

Steffen
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 06:04 PM GMT+7

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Hi Rowan

...As for your job: good luck !! ..... hope it is not "Hitlers Helpers pt.278"

cheers

Steffen



Hi Steffen

Err - no! Thank heavens! Nowhere near.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 - 03:27 AM GMT+7
Hi all!

Steffen, maybe we could keep this thread alive in that we keep posting pictures of the kit we've just received...

Here's my latest one: Fliegerhorst's new 1/32 scale Alpha Jet kit... in German markings.



Feel free to post your latest purchases as well guys. From e-bay, local hobby shop, web shop, swap meet etc... old or new kit. Just show us what you've got lately.

Jean-Luc
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 - 05:11 AM GMT+7
Hi Jean-Luc

well it was not intended that way, but. O.k.. Just got the Hellcal Dual Combo, which Rowan already reviewed and a Gö 9 ... both samples..

As for the Alpha Jet ... I would prefer Togolaise markings .. very cool bird but not my scale.

viele Grüße

Steffen
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 - 05:15 AM GMT+7
Well in that case, I got this last week:



Looks like a bit of fun, bought it with masks and seatbelts.

Howard
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 - 06:00 AM GMT+7
Hi Stephen and Howard!


Quoted Text

and a Gö 9 ...



Do you have pictures?

Jean-Luc
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 - 06:10 AM GMT+7
Hello John Luck

sure ...







cheers

Steffen
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 - 08:46 AM GMT+7
Hi Stephen!

Strange kit... I'm sure it can be built in one day though!

As for a Togolaise Alpha Jet, I don't like to do my models in exotic markings... expect for the Siebel 204 of course!

Jean-Luc
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 - 11:12 AM GMT+7
Hi Steffen.

That looks an unusual piece of kit, is it a powered glider more or less?

Howard
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 - 01:26 PM GMT+7
Hi Howard

this is not really a glider, but a test bed for the tail propeller (Do 335). Simplified it is a scale model of the Do17 ... so it is a model of a model See wikipedia for more info Göppingen Gö9

Lumir will issue a Si 202 soon ... which is much more interesting to me.

@J-L ... I do not think it is a weekend build, and a pic to think about



cheers

Steffen

and more:

Ivory coast



Egypt



Cameroun



all from this nice thread: http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=100975
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 - 06:01 PM GMT+7
Thank you for that Steffen. It'sd certainly not an aircraft I am familar with. Interesting test bed isn't it.

Thanks for sharing.

Howard
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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 02:51 PM GMT+7
Hi there

A very welcome surprise arrival today came in the form of Dragon's classic 1/48 scale Ta 152H in a new guise for review.



All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 03:58 PM GMT+7
Hi Rowan

nice .. is that a US Nats special or a regular kit?

cheers

Steffen
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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 02:29 AM GMT+7
Hi Steffen

I'll check with Dragon but, other than the logo on the boxtop, there's no indication that it's a limited edition.

All the best

Rowan