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Is the Hobby Boss F-4F (Wildcat) a re-pop of the Tamiya kit?

 

They look the same to me according to Youtube builds I looked up.

Edited by Sgt Shultz II

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Probably, as it's posted in non-LSP works and both companies make an F4F in that scale.

 

Could be a re-pop, but then again the ways to tool the same vehicle aren't too different. A lot of kits follow a very similar parts breakdown.

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Hobby Boss has not done an F4F (Wildcat, not Phantom) in 1/32 scale - Hobbycraft however did release the Trumpeter F4F-4, P-38, F-105D and I believe also one of their F4U kits in Hobbycraft boxes back in the day. Those boxings came out around the same time as the original Trumpeter releases IIRC

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Edited my original post and yes the Wildcat is what I am referring to.  Both the Tamiya and Hobby Boss build identically from what I can tell. Both have detailed cockpits and engines/landing gear separate from the fuselage.

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Oh we're talking 1/48? I'd put money on reverse engineered copies, not a legitimate copy of the kit. Hobby Boss did the same with the Revell Rafale

 

OK, so how do you do a "legitimate copy" of someone else's kit without "reverse-engineering" it?

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Legitimate copy... not the best choice of words but I meant something along the lines of reboxong under whatever contract or license agreement could be in place, or purchasing the molds to rerelease as original or with improvements/changes made to the molds.

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Scalemates doesn't seem to think the 2 kits are formally related.

 

They have the 1994 Tamiya kit standing alone in that kit's timeline.

 

And then the Hobby Boss F4-F4 is a 2007 changed parts iteration of the original 2007 F4-F3 kit.

 

If the 2 kits seem identical I guess it's because Hobby Boss copied the Tamiya kit.

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I just got the Hobby Boss kit and am greatly impressed with the detail! I am not impressed with the engine detail but the kit one will have to do.

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