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Opions please : Tamiya 1/25th Tiger I tank
Wolf-Leader
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New Hampshire, United States
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 03:55 AM UTC
I would like your opinions, pros and cons on the Tamiya 1/25th scale tiger 1 tank.
Is it a good model for its time?
Is it worth the money to buy it?
Since I've been looking for one, the prices have been ranging from $150-$400.
I know that it's an old 80s kit but is it a decent enough kit to buy at that price?
Are we just looking at it as a sentimental kit from our past?
Thank you.
Byrden
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 04:05 AM UTC
I have one but I've not built it.

It's slightly misshapen. Every part, to me, looks a slightly different shape or proportions to a real Tiger. If you were trying to make a fake Tiger photo using a model, this would be one of the worst ones to use.

The interior is laughably bad. Current interior kits of the Tiger are light years better than this.

David
TankSGT
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 05:41 AM UTC
That kit is from the early 70s. I bought it for $12.50 in my early teens and I'm almost 60 now. It has simplified detail and everything is over sized. It would take massive scratch building to make a decent kit. There was an old Shep Paine book where he did this and it looked great but the prices your quoting are absurd for that kit unless your a collector. It would be a challenging project for $50. There are much better kits than the 1/25 Tiger if you want to spend that much money.

Tom
Bravo1102
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 05:41 AM UTC

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I would like your opinions, pros and cons on the Tamiya 1/25th scale tiger 1 tank.
Is it a good model for its time?
Is it worth the money to buy it?
Since I've been looking for one, the prices have been ranging from $150-$400.
I know that it's an old 80s kit but is it a decent enough kit to buy at that price?
Are we just looking at it as a sentimental kit from our past?
Thank you.


1980s?
No try 1969. It's nearly 50 years old. The Bandai 1/48 scale kit of similar vintage had a better interior.

TankSGT
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 05:44 AM UTC
Hey Bro!I was thinking of the era when I bought it. and $12 was alot of cash.

Tom
TankManNick
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 07:49 AM UTC
Ah the Tamiya 1/25 Tiger! I recall lusting after this beauty in my youth - with interior! However, that was a long time ago. Acquired one more recently, paid about $50 for it I think. Ya, the 'interior' is laughable by today's standards. The urge to build was strong, so it was OOB and closed up. Had a ball doing it too. Really fun build! Only replacement was swapping out the molded 'tow' cables and putting some detail under the rear grills . Looks impressive too to casual observers.

So yeah, don't pay too much, don't beat yourself up trying to fix it and treat it as a 'nostalgic' build. That's my 2 cents.