TAMIYA Featured Releases - early 2021

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Postby jhamm » Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:51 am

Tamiya news...
For military they bring Modells at 1:35 and 1:48 Scale
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Postby jarndice » Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:54 am

That is a genuine pity, A Panzer 4 Ausf G would have been a brilliant addition to the 1/16 range,
It looks like this is truly the end of !/16 r/c Armour from Tamiya even though there is still a lot of untilled ground in that particular field,
Most of it British and WW2 and after and why have they not put a DUKW or an Alvis Stalwart out in 1/16,
Come to think of it why has Heng Long or Taigen missed them ?
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:11 pm

Agreed about the lack of 1/16 military. I guess there has been a vicious spiral. Costs went up as sales went down, so the prices went up, which caused another drop in sale, and so it continued. They are releasing new 1/14 trucks, which are not exactly cheap, but I guess have wider appeal
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:17 pm

The rise of the Taigen Machine !! >:<
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:01 pm

:problem: Yes, a sorry state of affairs unless you happen to be into beach buggies, rock crawlers and the like. The tipper truck looks worthy of a minor drool; but if military stuff is your thing (certainly mine) then the 1/16 the range is disappearing fast. Personally, anything less than 1/16 scale has little appeal for me (partly because of eyesight and hands)- although the 1/25 R/C range had some some lookers, like this Centurion:
These models were still expensive and, I believe, now hard to come by.(?)
I've just ordered an M4 Firefly 1c in 1/48 scale, to serve as reference model for the welded 1c M4 but, like many others, I suspect, wish they'd upscaled that detail into a 1/16 offering- along with the Centurion and Churchill. :|
The only release there that even vaguely appeals to me, is the 1/10 Landfreeder Quadtrack. Does anyone know if there is military equivalent of this, that it could be converted to?
Yep, it looks like Taigen will be the last tank standing. :problem:
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Postby lmcq11 » Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:09 pm

Thanks for sharing.
Tamiya is obviously abandoning the military model market, the few items shown here are secondary releases in nature. I do not blame them, the 1/35 market is saturated with new models and companies offering superb competing models, very creative. Check out the latest Centurions from Amusing hobby. The latest trend are 1/35 tanks with full detail interior. The Border, Miniart and Ryefield latest releases of their panzer IV is just an examples. And the Trumpeter 1/16 statics can't really be beaten for the price. I think small players should focus on RC conversion kits for the available 1/16 static models.

Of special interest to me is this new Tamiya gearbox that seems to come with 140 motors. Their gearbox are usually inexpensive. Could be useful for conversions.

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Postby B_Man » Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:02 am

That's a pity but I wouldn't write them off completely as they may get back on the 1/16 horse one day in the future. Considering the Sherman was first released in the 1970's they have had a pretty sporadic history of 1/16 releases anyway. I do prefer building kits to hacking up RTR models and no one else seems to make them with RC in mind so here's hoping.
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Postby Kaczor » Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:18 am

jarndice wrote:It looks like this is truly the end of !/16 r/c Armour from Tamiya

Well, designing new RC is another matter than small static kit. I've read on some FB group that Sheridan is doing good in Japan market.
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Postby tankme » Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:22 am

Problem is the Sheridan has crappy tracks that break all the time.

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