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Tamiya has announced a 1/48 P-38J, for release "later this year."
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Andrew H said on February 2, 2022
I was just wondering about this the other day... Glad they're actually getting this one to the table sooner rather than later. With as well as their early variant sold, this is an easy win for them. Hats off, and happy building...They settled for the obviously popular "ace" options for the kit decals, but the aftermarket has decal variety for the masses!
For the source: https://tamiyaannouncements.com/featured-releases-early-2022/#staticmodel
Tom Cleaver said on February 2, 2022
Nice to see they have MacDonald's Put-Putt Maru, the one I'll do (with the Aeromaster decals saved for 10 years)
dale travis said on February 2, 2022
Have you seen the hysteria at HS about this?
@dtravis - hysteria is what that collection of clucks is all about. I'm sure one of them will find something wrong about the tire tread by Friday and they'll spend the weekend crying that it's a fatal flaw and how could Tamiya do that to them.
Pedro L. Rocha said on February 2, 2022
Lol, well said
Jeff Bailey said on February 2, 2022
Richard B Smith said on February 2, 2022
Please forgive my ignorance, who is HS?
Bill Koppos said on February 2, 2022
Rob Anderson said on February 2, 2022
I had avoided it, wow that's quite the thread...
Now you know why people give you "sidelong glances" when they learn you're a modeler. 🙂
Alan Li said on February 4, 2022
@dtravis - On a sort-of HyperScale-related note: I am reading the review (done by "He Who Must Not Be Named", a.k.a. BG) of Eduard's P-51D-20 Mustang Weekend Edition, and while the kit does include a small PE fret, it does not include PE parts for seat harness or instrument panel. But somewhere in the review it says "Construction gets underway in the fabulously detailed cockpit. First up is a seven-part plastic pilot’s seat, enhanced with photo-etched harness straps. Photo-etched parts are also used for the instrument panel with raised bezels, quadrants and various handles and switch panels.". It's not the first time that I see this level of misinformation...maybe the reviewer is too busy to do proofreading before publishing.
BTW, I am not able to find the link to the forum post that shows the hysteria about Tamiya's P-38J, could you please share the actual link? Thanks many 🙂
Thiago C. M. Pacheco said on February 7, 2022
Someone on FB already found out something wrong with the radio, predicting other fatal flaws because only "Tamiya fanbois" like their crappy kits etc.
Tom Cleaver said on February 7, 2022
FleeceBlock - preschool for m o r o n s
Spiros Pendedekas said on February 2, 2022
Great that Tamiya is going to release it, Tom.
Steven Brandon said on February 2, 2022
Excellent! Now I hope we'll see a Kawasaki Ki-100 before too long.
The Hasegawa Ki-100 kits are still quite nice.
John vd Biggelaar said on February 2, 2022
A great release by Tamiya.
Likely it will build as nice as their current Lightning.
You can see in the current kit how they had it engineered from the beginning to allow them to proceed to this version. It will definitely be as nice.
Even though I have the old Hasegawa kit in the stash, I just might make this one of the few acquisitions of the year. Can’t say I wasn’t expecting Tamiya-san to continue the path of that begun with the F/G/H version, but given their previous track record of going sideways, this version coming out wasn’t a given fact.
Scott Linder said on February 2, 2022
Can't wait for this! I love that the sheet has 3 top aces on it. The hardest part will be deciding which one to build.
Colin Latta said on February 2, 2022
That's why you need to buy three, as I plan to do!
Steve Oakson said on February 2, 2022
Do I hear any votes for them to do this in 1/32nd. Here is one!
Stephen W Towle said on February 2, 2022
It will be interesting to see if this new version is a stand alone model that doesn't use any parts from the older versions of the E,F, G. No magnets would be of interest too.
of course it's not a "stand alone" model! Why do you think the outer wing leading edge was designed the way it was? Why the radiator nacelles are designed as they are? why the front ends of the booms were designed as they are? That's how I knew they would do this.
Stephen W Towle said on February 3, 2022
Good points. I wonder how Tamiya will address the bulges for the fuel pump covers underneath the wing near the pilots nacelle (wing section) or the dive brakes in the L model vs J model.
This is esoteric and bordering on what you'd fined on other sites. However, given Tamiya's proclivity to get things right and they do make kits that are designed for the long term sales . . . hope that the inserts are no where near what Hasegawa does with some of their kits.
My guess is that these kits will be closer to a Franklin. It seems that all the newer 1/48 scale releases have gone up in price the past few years. Your going to be paying for that Tamiya quality.
Tom Cleaver said on February 3, 2022
The lower wing is on its own sprue. Replace it with a slightly different part.
Bob Bailey said on February 2, 2022
Thanks, TC. P-38's...all good.
Tom Bebout said on February 3, 2022
Nice to hear Tom, but was expected, just didn't realize it would be that soon. And just when I wanted to reduce my stash.
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