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On approach? from Eduard…

I have yet to see a verification from , but I see on Scalemates that Eduard will be doing multiple variants of both the Mitsubishi A6M Zero and the Grumman F4F Wildcat, including a "-3" and an FM-2!

Has anyone else seen this? Any news in the official Eduard chain of news (I couldn't find anything).

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  1. The A6M2 comes out December 1. "Pearl Harbor attackers"

    The F4F-3 comes out in April for Coral Sea.

    They're going to do all Zeros to the A6M7, including the two-seater.

    Also all the Wildcats including an accurate FM-2.

    They're concentrating for the next few years on the 80th anniversary of the Pacific War.

    For everyone who goes "we already have kits!" - the Tamiya A6M2 came out in 1973 and is way wrong, with a fictional cockpit, not to mention a mis-shaped fuselage - and those are just the starters there. The Hasegawa Zeros came out in 1995. They're very nice but also simplified, like the 109 series. Serious Zero fans know the things that have to be corrected. This Eduard Zero will be to the Hasegawa Zero as the Eduard 109F/G is to the Hasegawa series, as the Eduard P-51D is to the Tamiya P-51. In other words, way better.

  2. I'm looking forward to the A6M2 Type 21. Tamiya had a chance to own the A6M2 if they continued with their revised A6M5 and A6M3 kits of the late 2000s.

    I would really like to see the other marks of the Wildcat. Hobbyboss' versions are "okay", but especially the FM-2 has some issues.

  3. Thanks for the clarity Tom. Agreed on the last account. There is always room for more Eduard releases. They've shown that they're capable of releasing well-researched aircraft variants with all the right details (and in a reasonable, planned time frame). This methodology lends itself to market needs for both of these aircraft. I think I'm most excited for the FM-2, but the Zeros will no doubt sell.

    Dan, Tamiya [for all their worth] misses the boat often on the "this-and-that variant" release, whereas Eduard is very forward thinking and on schedule. For instance, when (if ever) will a Tam P-38J/L drop? Whereas here Eduard openly commits to variants, and barring economic conditions, will likely stick their planned time frames.

    • I'm also sure that Tamiya's Ki-61 is designed to make a future Ki-100 easier to produce. It's the only reason I can think of for the separate insert section in the center of the wing on the bottom. A Ki-100 would be awesome, as the old Hasegawa kit has a lot of fit issues with the upper cowl, and under the wing, where the insert goes.

    • That is one of the things that I don't understand about Tamiya, but they have their reasons which I am not privy too.

      • Yes, they are very reserved in their offerings, but their product quality makes it almost impossible to complain about their release cycles. Plus they make more than just scale airplanes..

        • Tamiya kits prove there is a difference between "buildability" and "accuracy." In fact, each and every one of their kits from the 1990s suffers from various faults that can be traced to "failure to do proper research." They're all "buildable" and they're all "wrong." Since 2006, I think they have yet to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. That was the year I met "Junior" Tamiya at the last TamiyaCon. He reminded me of the offspring of "Hollywood hotshots" I have met who don't measure up to the old man.

          I have to say that if you compare their new Spitfire I to the Eduard Spitfire Is, there is no comparison. The Eduard kits beat them for detail and overall quality coming and going. Too often in the past 14 years, they have chosen the "toy" aspect of a model, like the ferschlugginah magnets on the cowlings of the Spitfires and the P-51Ds in 1/32 - which don't work! At least not if you want something that stays in place. You buy one of those Spitfires or P-51Ds and you're paying 1/3 of the price for things you aren't going to use - like the engines (all of which need far more detail than provided if you are going to the trouble of displaying things open).

          Personally, when Tamiya releases something nowadays, my reaction is "Meh."

          Except for the P-47s, which nobody is going to get close to. And after I bought one of Norris Graser's great Thundercals sheets (The. Best. P-47. Decal. Sheets. EVER!), I was very happy to find a bubbletop and razorback at Amazon for a total of $80 delivered the next day, tax included. A man can't have too many of their P-47s.

  4. This is excellent news! I was just debating whether to buy a Hasegawa A6M2-K that I found on eBay for $114.00, with free shipping. That's a bargain for the rare K trainer now. As Tom said, the Hasegawa Zeros are nice - they can still be built into show-stoppers with a little extra work and detail upgrades, in my opinion. Plus they have every variant, from the 12-Shi prototypes to the A6M8 (the latter another rare, expensive find). But they were state-of-the-art over 25 years ago.

    Tamiya's A6M5 and A6M3 model 22 are excellent, but they have yet to introduce the A6M2 suggested by the unused alternate throttle quadrant in the kits, and it will likely be some time before we see a model 32 or A6M2-N from their new tools.

    And new, accurate, modern toolings of the Wildcat will be welcome as well.

  5. I also meant to mention that Eduard is great about putting a lot of marking options in their boxes, so I'm sure that, for example, the Pearl Harbor model 21 will have markings from several of the carriers, if not all six.

  6. Confirming what Tom said, Eduard replied to my comment in the FB post that they will be releasing all of those Zeros/Rufe. This is great news, and I hope they expand more into the realm of Japanese planes. Hasegawa really dropped the ball on this. While their 1995+ kits are good, their more "recent" 2000s kits (F1M, E8N) really make the 1995-2005 kits look old are really due for a re-tooling.

    Tamiya does have some excellent kits as well, but their releases are few and far between, and their Japanese kits are quite limited.

  7. I am not in the market for any kits, but do admit I would enjoy building a beat up Wildcat. I guess in the scheme of things I must be missing something. I have never built an Eduard kit. I own some but have yet to build one.

  8. Yep, the latest and greatest are arriving...
    Kudos to Edward for all those wonderful releases!

  9. In the comment section under the Wildcat post in the official Eduard group on FB I've also spotted information about upcoming P-40 as well. So, more to come.

  10. Cool news! I always thought that Tamiya missed the boat by not issuing the Wildcat in a least the -3 and export variants, but then again, they’re an RC company that issues models once in a while.

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