Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 08:40 PM UTC
Now the annual Japan Plamodel and Radicon Show has finished, it is perhaps useful, to go back and take a look at some of the highlights. There were certainly some significant announcements although sadly, I don't have all the information I would wish for in Warship and Aviation releases...
Inevitably, I suppose that the news was dominated by Dragon Models, who used the show to announce four new releases -one on each day of the show - impressive marketing or what?
Perhaps it would be a good point to start with one of the most intriguing announcements...
Tasca announced a 1/35th scale M4 Sherman. Following on from their well-received (although pricey) suspension/track sets, they have now announced a full-kit. Expect to see this in around summer 2006..
One of the true 'MAJORS' nowadays, is Trumpeter. There were no major announcements from them in armor although they were showing 1/35th models of their SA-6 & KVII (early version) They were also displaying examples of their (future) 1/48th scale Armor range - M4A3 SHERMAN, M4a3e8 & T-34/85
The real news from Trumpeter came in their aviation kits (no, no sign of the 1/48th Wellington!!) in the form of three very different subjects - a Chinook (1/35th scale), the very welcome announcement of an Intruder, A-7E CORSAIR II & MIG 29M F in 1/32nd and a TU-160 in 1/72nd scale.
In WARSHIPS Trumpeter have announced (1/350th scale) USS CV-14 TICONDEROGA & USS CV-19 HANCOCK
Tamiya announced very little which was uknown of at the show, with the principal focus being on 1/48th scale armor. the good news is that the Panther (TYPE G) and their Pz.KpfwIV Ausf.J were on display along with German Infantry, M4a1 (cast turret), M10 TD (MID PRODUCTION), and their Soviet Infantry/Tank Crew set. 2006 offers very slim-pickings from Tamiya in 1/35th scale, with only the Stug III (ausf.B) on show..
Academy have confirmed their M3 LEE along with an M36 in 1/35th scale...
A new company for me - Creos, is producing a Sd Kfz 234/4 in 1/35th scale (ths is an ex-Gunze moulding)
Finally, Dragon Models have four future releases in 1/35th: 38(t), Marder II, Sd Kfz 251/17 & Pz IV (ausf. E) - see the news section for details...
As always, as more news comes through, you will see it here first - on Armorama
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