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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 - 06:12 AM UTC
Tamiya unvieled quite a few new military kits at the Spielwarenmesse 2002 Nuremberg International Toy Fair. The full line of releases can be viewed here at Tamiya's Web site. In summary the new kits include a 1/16 RC M26 Pershing, a 1/35 RC Leopard 2A5, 1/35 German Panzer Recon Team, 1/35 German King Tiger (Ardennes Front), 1/16 German King Tiger Production Turret (Motorized), 1/48 Messerschmitt Me262 A-2a w/ Kettenkraftrad, 1/48 Nakajima A6M2(RUFE), 1/48 Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu Type 11, and a 1/700 German Heavy Cruizer Prinz Eugen.
The Tamiya site also lists the 1/35 U.S. Army Self-Propelled AA Gun M42 Duster (Motorized) as a new release for February.
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I have never built the Italeri version. How does it compare to the Tamiya? More detailed I would guess? I just remember how darn small it was. I always felt it was going to break apart in my hands.
DEC 17, 2001 - 05:25 AM
The Italeri kit had very petite detailing. It was leaps and bounds ahead of the Heller, Monogram and early Tamiya versions (both SAS and Willys). I have not compared it to the new Tamiya one yet (haven't picked it up), but the newer Tamiya kits have been superb and I bet the late 90s Tamiya Jeep is much better than the late 70s Italeri one, just mainly due to age.

At least Italeri gave variations to the Jeep: regular, ambulance, commando, and now recon. All basically the same kit.
DEC 18, 2001 - 04:26 AM
Ahh, I have the new Tamiya Willy's..A great kit. The only kit so far as I know that has the proper bumber up front (a squared "u" shaped hunk of steel). I posted two shots of the jeep at the Evergreen Musuem. They were too small, if you want super duper large ones, I will be more than happy to email them to you, just say the word. Anyway, the new Tamiya jeep is a killer!
DEC 21, 2001 - 10:05 AM
Please do re-send (or upload) those jeep images!

Glad to hear Tamiya would not be outdone on the kit they pioneered. Speaking of that. Does anyone know what their first armor kit was?

DEC 21, 2001 - 11:32 AM
i like best the revell one. it has more details
SEP 06, 2002 - 05:37 AM
Not compared to the newest Tamiya one, it puts the Italeri/Revell of Germany one to shame. But it is still a nice kit.
SEP 06, 2002 - 08:23 AM
I support the Tamiya kit, I built the Italeri and its very good indeed, but the Tamiya new mold is a blast! Real detailed and correct, very nice but you have to pay its price. Have Fun
SEP 06, 2002 - 08:35 AM
Price isn't too bad in the states, $18 for new Tamiya kit, $12 for Italeri/Revell.
SEP 06, 2002 - 08:37 AM
Glad to you Rob, here the Italeri is listed for about R$35,00 and the Tamiya is R$50,00.... its a huge diference. Have fun
SEP 06, 2002 - 08:49 AM
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