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Tamiya versus Eduard Tamiya Decals

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#31 Kahunaminor

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:55 AM

Treading nicely ahead!

I am one that really likes the Eduard 109 but your posts show me that Tamiya have a fine offering. Glad to be tagging along.

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 04:09 AM

Hi Everyone,

     While I wait on the Eduard replacement wings, I've been slowly moving ahead on the Tamiya kit, though I did the Eduard wheels at the same time.

 

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I used an  HGW transfer on the Eduard wheel just to add something to break up the black field.

 

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A plus for the Eduard tire is it's raised lettering detail.

 

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A departure from my normal procedure was to make wing-tip light covers from clear sprue.

 

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The Tamiya Pitot tube fits into a large, square receptacle whereas the Eduard Pitot is molded to the wing.  I have some AM Pitots around somewhere.

 

I'm sure most of you have seen the Tamiya video where the thing is assembled and disassembled.  So, I won't do that.  I rarely do engines, but I did my best on this occasion despite a few boo-boos.

Here are the constituent parts.
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And another view.

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The only disappointment in the engine bay to me was the lack of perforations on the barrel jackets of the MG131's.  You'll also notice that I haven't added the gun troughs to the engine cover, yet.

 

Here it is put together:

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Thanks for looking!

 

Gaz


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:56 PM

Brilliant thread Gaz! Thanks for taking the time and effort to do such a comparison build. I really like the looks of Tamiya's offering although I have no doubt Eduard's kit builds up in to a very nice 109. Tamiya's engineering is unbelievable. Now if only Tamiya would do this in 1/32nd! I just don't want to go back to 1/48th.

Two thumbs up from me Gaz.

Cheers,
Wolf
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 12:10 AM

Mate that looks nice. I got my Tamiya kit the other day and whilst it is a marvel of engineering, I was left a little non plussed by the overall package finish. Call me a heretic! I cannot put my finger on it but I just prefer the Eduard offering (at this stage). It might all change when I start to build but your thread is certainly a great place to compare.

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 05:45 AM

Brilliant thread Gaz! Thanks for taking the time and effort to do such a comparison build. I really like the looks of Tamiya's offering although I have no doubt Eduard's kit builds up in to a very nice 109. Tamiya's engineering is unbelievable. Now if only Tamiya would do this in 1/32nd! I just don't want to go back to 1/48th.

Two thumbs up from me Gaz.

Cheers,
Wolf

Wolf,

    Thank you very much!  I too would much rather have this in 1/32.  I hope that sales of this kit will spur them into larger scale.

 

Mate that looks nice. I got my Tamiya kit the other day and whilst it is a marvel of engineering, I was left a little non plussed by the overall package finish. Call me a heretic! I cannot put my finger on it but I just prefer the Eduard offering (at this stage). It might all change when I start to build but your thread is certainly a great place to compare.

Regards,

Kent,

    Thank you!  There are some finer points of detail that the Eduard kit has over the Tamiya kit, but I haven't shown them as of yet.  On some surfaces, like the canvas covered controls, they both look good, but different.  So, I'm sure that no matter how good each one is, both will have their staunch proponents.

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:45 PM

Gaz,

Thank you for putting the work into showing us the comparison! Your work looks really good.

Cheers, Tom
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:09 PM

I have got got GOT to get one of these Tamiya 109's. Man thanks a mil for posting this fabulous thread Gaz.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:19 PM

Thank you, Tom!


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:20 PM

Glad you like it, Joe!  With your motor detailing skills, I bet you could really make the DB pop.


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 04:27 AM

Hi everyone,

    In between bouts with the ecosystem hitherto called "the pool", I've been piecing together the larger exterior parts of the Tamiya 109.  As the rear third of the canopy dries in position the kit looks like this:

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Everything is pretty much falling into place, so I'll let you see how the control surfaces look at the angles set by Tamiya's engineering.

 

The Landing gear are glued into place though the wheels are only held on with blutack.  I'll flatten the place where they contact the ground eventually.

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All of the wing control surfaces have firm attachment points.  No need for pins at all.  Once you set them into place, they're staying.

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There's no facility for making the ailerons out of the 'level' position.

 

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Just like the old Tamiya E, the slats can be deployed or retracted... all you gotta do is shorten the two rectangular pins that go into the wing.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Gaz


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 05:00 PM

Assembled up nicely!! That's what I'M talkin' about. ;)


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 04:50 AM

Hi again,

    Now we come to the part of the Tamiya kit where we have to say:  "Damn I wish I had seen that earlier".

I've had a feeling for a while that the engine bearer arm might not be perfectly straight.  I really didn't have a way to check, that I could think of, that would allow me to be sure that everything would end up smartly.

 

But, it hasn't.  Apparently, the bearer arm seems to be twisted a little bit at the base.  I can twist it back to get a better alignment of the "closed" engine covers, but eventually they twist back out of alignment.  Here are some pictures:

 

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Now that I've had a chance to see and analyze the problem, I think the best solution would have been to remove the bearer arm close to it's attachment to the fuselage, and then to pin it with a stiff brass rod before I even considered closing up the fuselage.

 

Fortunately, it can be displayed with everything open hiding the twist in the front end.

 

I don't really blame Tamiya.  It's plastic after all. 

 

Gaz


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 06:06 PM

Man I hate it when that happens Gaz. I went through the same trouble on my F-100. I put the body on the frame and I felt something "give". It was the motor mount giving way thus..........tipping the engine. Hate those last minute disasters. 


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 10:07 PM

Some mighty fine work is going on in here Gaz....I'll be lurking in the shadows as usually :)


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 07:27 AM

I like the thumbprint. I have added it to several of my kits.


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