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No TBD Devastator announcement!?

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Here it is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and no announcement of a 1/32 TBD Devastator. I was hoping to hear of one coming from Kittyhawk or some manufacturer to coincide with the anniversary. For that matter a Val or a Kate would be nice too. All saw action at Midway and really need to be offered in 1/32 scale. Just saying...

In the meantime, let's pause a moment and reflect on all those, both American and Japanese, who fought so bravely and gave all, out in the middle of the vast Pacific 75 years ago.

Bill M.

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I've given up on Trumpeter. I figure if they were going to release a Devastator, they would have done so already. Actually, I would rather see someone else do one other than Trumpeter. I just figure that if someone else does a TBD, it will be a better kit. Also, if Trumpeter were to release a TBD, that would be it for a TBD, however flawed the Trumpeter release would be. I figure we would have one shot at a 1/32 TBD-- I would rather it was done right by someone other than Trumpeter.

Bill M.

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I've given up on Trumpeter. I figure if they were going to release a Devastator, they would have done so already. Actually, I would rather see someone else do one other than Trumpeter. I just figure that if someone else does a TBD, it will be a better kit. Also, if Trumpeter were to release a TBD, that would be it for a TBD, however flawed the Trumpeter release would be. I figure we would have one shot at a 1/32 TBD-- I would rather it was done right by someone other than Trumpeter.

Bill M.

 

Well, they DID do a good job on the Dauntless, ...didn't they, so........but that's a whole different story, you'd better forget Trumpeter releasing a Devastator.....

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What, you haven't built the Trumpeter kit that was being released about five years ago?

Five? I thought it was more like 2007 when it was first announced. It's served its purpose well as a perpetual place holder.

 

I think an American company should invest in building American model planes, the way Airfix make most British subjects. I'd like Hasegawa to stick to Japanese as we still need a low back Hien and a new tool Hayabusa, and Trumpeter are making some very nice MiGs and ought to be doing Chinese planes like the Finback, Vigorous Dragon etc.

 

Tony

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Yes, the Dauntless was one Trumpeter's better efforts. If they could do a TBD to that level, I would be all for it. However, I don't think they will release one at all and I don't think it will be of the quality of the SBD if they do.

Bill M.

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Interesting that Accurate Miniatures did really nice 1/48 SBDs and TBF/TBMs. Coincidence?

Yes, I've heard the same thing implied. Too bad that AM didn't do a 1/48 TBD-- we would probably have our 1/32 Devastator already!

Bill M.

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I've thought that Trumpeter engaged in plastic plagiarism ever since I bought their then-new MiG-15, which looked to be a pantographed Tamiya kit complete with a metal nose weight.

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Like I said, I would rather see someone else do a TBD. I don't want to encourage Trumpeter to keep it on their list of coming attractions. I figure they're not going to do it and keeping it on the their list only serves to discourage other manufacturers-- which may be their intent.

Bill M.

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