Entry No. 5: Tamiya's early 2021 releases
Here's the link to the Tamiya news release - https://www.tamiya.com/japan/featuredreleases_early2021.html
The people at Tamiya have done an excellent job of explaining these releases, so I figure I'll give my general impressions of what's soon going to hit the shelves. I'll be focusing on their aircraft and armour releases.
1/48 F-4B Phantom II
Years ago, Tamiya released a number of 1/32 Phantom kits which covered the various types of Phantoms (including the F-4EJ, which I've been trying to get my hands on). However, they were not necessarily the picture of perfection, to be polite. I'm currently building their F-14A in 1/32, and if half the issues present on that kit are also on the Phantoms, well, save your money. But anyways, the point is that this is a really exciting offer from Tamiya. Similarly to their F-14, the company seems to be scaling down in a way, which is good because 1/48 scale is much easier for the builder (not to mention their wallets!) to finish. I've only seen the press photos of this kit, but it already looks like another winner. I'm sure that the aftermarket industry will be all over this one! One can only hope now that Tamiya will release a JASDF F-4 kit in the near future.
1/35 PzKpfw IV Ausf. G
One of Tamiya's more interesting releases of 2020 was their Panzer IV Ausf. F in 1/35 scale. In fact, that kit was essentially made completely from scratch, save for the running gear. Nothing but good reviews have come out so far for that kit, and with features like link-length tracks it is now typical of new Tamiya scale tanks. It only seems logical, then, that soon the Ausf. G will be made into a kit. Looking at the CAD renders of this kit, there's actually quite a bit of new details compared to the Ausf. F kit this is based on. Everything in green is a new detail that will be included. Note the long cannon with it's distinctive muzzle brake - surely some neat slide moulding will be happening there! New figures are included as well, and if recent figures are any indication, then these should be excellent. It's really nice to see what appears to be a reversion from the classic German subjects (Tigers, Panthers, etc) in the industry, as Tamiya, Border, and others have begun to make some of the older tanks, many of which were neglected in new releases to some extent. While I generally don't build German armour, this is a kit I expect to work on in 2021.
1/35 Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkraftrad
Another 1/35 scale new-tool kit coming out in 2021 (yay!) covering yet another German subject (boo!). Like the Universal Carrier, Sd.Kfz.222, and Jeep kits of years past, this appears to be another Tamiya release in a small box. The Kettenkraftrad was a prolific vehicle during the Second World War, and there are a great many ways this kit could be presented. Between the tracks, suspension, engine detail and even a photo-etch screen, this kit could easily be a standalone that will grab attention. If dioramas are more your thing, two extra figures are included, and they both look good as well (quite similar to recent figure kits that Tamiya released as well, so you could integrate them nicely.)
For awhile now, Tamiya has been selling 1/48 scale armour kits. They are all quite good, and often have neat features like link-length tracks and die-cast hulls. This is their newest 1/48 kit, and looks to be of high quality. Good casting texture, a decent figure, and well-detailed tracks. Frankly, there's not much to say here, other than this was a kit many of us saw coming and surely will be building in the future.
Well, that about wraps up my little musing on the latest kit release! Again, there's quite a bit that came out yesterday, so definitely use the link to see all of them.
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