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The new Tamiya 1/48 Spit Mk.I is out...

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One is definitely on my shopping list once the LHS gets them in.  Actually my first new-tool Tamiya build since the Zero that I built more than a decade ago.  That is until they produce a late version F-14A or F-14B that is.

 

 

 

 

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On 12/5/2018 at 1:52 AM, LSP_Ron said:

Andy did a build thread a few weeks ago. Not my scale but looks like a nice kit.

 

 

 

The engineering of this kit is another Tamyia masterpiece.

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It seems to me, with Tamiya's new hi fidelity 109 G, F-14's and now Spitfire MK1 they are born again with a revamp in their already good quality standards but in 1/48 scale focus again.

Might be some time (decade or more ?) before we see a new 1/32 tool Tamiya aircraft kit, global economy is in a dip we're told, its been a fun set of releases from Tamiya in 1/32 and we have other manufacturers ready to take their mantle, lets not be to hard on them if this is the case.

Tempted to try a new Tamiya 109 or Spitfire though.

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Here's the big preview of our new 1/48 Spit Mk.I decal.  For the moment it's only 1/48, but we'll see what the future holds.  Our previous Spitfires haven't sold terribly well in 1/32, and not at all in 1/72.

 

This sheet covers the first RAF kills of WWII in October 1939 up through the end of the Mk.I's frontline service in 1941.  These are not randomly chosen subjects - each one has a story that we will be providing in the instructions, and several of them have multiple kills attributed to them.  Three airplanes have "nose art", and one has a name with no art, all pretty unusual for the RAF in 1939/40.  Lots of variations in roundels and fin flashes.  GR-Z is the aircraft in which Sqdn Leader Roger Bushell, "Big-X" of "The Great Escape" fame, was shot down in France.  Most of these have never been seen in the model/decal world before!  Coming in early 2019.

 

J

 

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They look great!!!  When they do a Mk Vb, I will contact you for some custom decals if you are willing. I need to build another JU H Nightfighter, Debden Essex, 1941. (Maybe you can do them in 1/24?)

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4 hours ago, Jennings Heilig said:

Here's the big preview of our new 1/48 Spit Mk.I decal.  For the moment it's only 1/48, but we'll see what the future holds.  Our previous Spitfires haven't sold terribly well in 1/32, and not at all in 1/72.

 

This sheet covers the first RAF kills of WWII in October 1939 up through the end of the Mk.I's frontline service in 1941.  These are not randomly chosen subjects - each one has a story that we will be providing in the instructions, and several of them have multiple kills attributed to them.  Three airplanes have "nose art", and one has a name with no art, all pretty unusual for the RAF in 1939/40.  Lots of variations in roundels and fin flashes.  GR-Z is the aircraft in which Sqdn Leader Roger Bushell, "Big-X" of "The Great Escape" fame, was shot down in France.  Most of these have never been seen in the model/decal world before!  Coming in early 2019.

 

J

 

sS4New.jpg

 

Very cool, especially those with the early small diameter roundels!

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7 hours ago, Gerhard said:

They look great!!!  When they do a Mk Vb, I will contact you for some custom decals if you are willing. I need to build another JU H Nightfighter, Debden Essex, 1941. (Maybe you can do them in 1/24?)

 

That aircraft was on the old Victory "Aces of the Empire" sheet for which I did the artwork about 20 years ago.  It's also been done by several other decal lines over the years.

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Just got the new Tamiya Mk.I in the mail.  Holy. Cow!!  If you (like me) thought the old 1993 kit was pretty decent, it now rates about a 2 out of 10 compared to this one.  The ultra-closeup photos I've seen online don't do it justice.  The scribing is magnificent.  Eduard without all the rivets.  Can't wait to get cracking on it!

 

 

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And BTW, the kit is clearly set up for a Mk.Vb to come.  All of the Mk.I-specific parts are on one sprue and one gated sub-sprue.  And there's a fresh air vent just below the windscreen that isn't found on Mk.Is, which Tamiya has you remove in the instruction sheet.  BRING IT!!!

 

 

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Spent a few minutes at the bench today (did you feel the earth move?).  This is one more sweet model kit!  A grand total of about 45 minutes to clean up parts (minimal required) and assemble the wings and stabs.  Including reaming out the tiny 1/48 .303 Brownings for the outer wings.  Becuase - duh.. they're going to be covered over with red patches ;)

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