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PostPosted: December 31st, 2017, 12:21 pm 
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Hi all I was just thinking of the quality of the new Airfix and Revell kits and I was thinking the new stuff is as good and with ref to the Revell 1/24 HLF20 Varus 4x4 better than Tamiya IMHO at 25 to 40% cheaper I get the feeling they're doing what the British bike industries did when the Japanese bikes came on the market and dismissed them as no competition, I think it's getting to the point where the lines between who make the best kits are starting to blur Airfix and Revell are making amazing strides it fit, accuracy and detail.

What are your feelings on the subject.


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2017, 6:28 pm 
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I'm glad to see Airfix and Revell making great strides in the quality of their offerings, but having recently acquired Tamiya's new 1/24 AMG GT3, and being in the process of building their FXX-K, there's really no room for Tamiya to go "up". Engineering, fit and detail are just fabulous. It's a bit like saying (for the same Airfix/Revell reasons) "Should Wingnut Wings be upping their game. Where Airfix and Revell score -- especially Revell with their new 1/32 Mustang -- is now being almost as good as Tamiya for 1/3 of the price. That said, at Hannants, the Airfix new tool 1/48 Mustang is £1 MORE than any of the three Tamiya boxings, and the Tamiya kit is fantastic...

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PostPosted: January 1st, 2018, 11:58 am 
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I think it's great how they are both producing some amazing new kits and are investing huge amounts of money to do so without at the same time making huge price hikes and long may it continue.


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PostPosted: January 1st, 2018, 3:30 pm 
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Tamiya have been at the top of the modelling game or thereabouts for probably as long as I've been a modeller (since 1973) and IMHO remain up there with the very best the industry has to offer. IIRC production of a number, if not all, Tamiya kits was switched to the Philippines a number of years ago, presumably to take advantage of cheaper production costs than could be found in Japan. When it comes to building older or classic kits, if I'm honest, there is no other manufacturer I would rank over Tamiya, especially when it comes to military vehicle kits, as they were so far ahead of the game back then and those kits played just as important a part of my modelling youth as did Airfix and Matchbox (albeit built in much fewer numbers as back then, like today, they were comparatively expensive). But, all of that said, IMHO modern Tamiya kits are not twice or three times as good as those from the modern ranges of Airfix or Revell and I would agree the latter two companies are producing some great kits - particularly Revell who I think offer excellent value for money and that is where they really score. Can Tamiya up their game? I think Matt is correct in saying probably not by much if at all - there's only so far the game can be "upped" :grin:

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My view on this is that Bandai are the ones to beat; their Star Wars kits (of all scales) are exceptional, and the quality of their tooling, design and fit are without equal. But (there is always a 'but') this I suspect only applies in their seemingly self-imposed specialism in Science Fiction subjects; it would be interesting indeed to see a 1/72 Bandai Spitfire Mk.1A side by side with the equivalent from Airfix, Revell and (if they do one?) Tamiya. I suspect the differences would not be great other than in price!

For me, Airfix are great at 1/72 (and 1/48 although I don't usually build in that scale) and represent value for money still. Revell however have cornered the 1/32 aircraft market with both great quality and sometimes unbelievable value for money! Ok, I accept that to some (with greater attention to detail than I) both manufacturer's output have accuracy issues, and that panel lines and rivets are sometimes overdone, but for the vast majority of us they are close enough!

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PostPosted: January 1st, 2018, 5:09 pm 
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I very rarely built Tamiya kits. They don't offer many subjects I'm interested in, in the scales I build, so they don't get my dosh :ha:

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I´d rather they upt their game and gave us some better paints that don´t need mixing to achieve the right shade.

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Stamford wrote:
I´d rather they upt their game and gave us some better paints that don´t need mixing to achieve the right shade.


Excellent point. I agree!!!!!

David


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