Tamiya 1/32nd scale Spitfire MkIX

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    #1 Airframes, Nov 28, 2009
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    For those who haven't already seen it, here's some excerpts from the latest Tamiya ads for their new 1/32nd scale Spit kit.
    Billed as the most detailed Spitfire model ever, the kit certainly looks superb. The removable cowling panels are only 0.04mm thick, and are held in place by tiny magnets, whilst the Merlin engine appears to be complete in every detail. The cockpit and engine include PE parts, and two figures are included, one standing, and one, for the cockpit, in a sitting position, in full flying kit.
    It's already on sale in the U.S. at around $115, which is £30 less than the UK retail price of £100 !
    Very nice, but I don't think I can justify that sort of price for a kit! I think I'll wait and see what the proposed series of Hobbycraft offerings are like; if nothing else, at least they should be a lot cheaper I would think.
    Correction. I included a note stating the kit was a IXe, which I've now deleted. It is in fact a IXc.
     

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    .....and you'll get how many old boy?
     
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    Damn thats looks awesome, too pricey for me though..
     
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    Looks great but I'll give it a pass for now. The price of my remaining unbuilt kits alone is about the same as what I'd pay for that Spit so I'll save the cash til the novelty wears off - if it ever does.
     
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    Same here. I have to admit, I'd like another MkIX in 1/32nd scale, but not that much!
    BTW, I made a mistake, the thickness of the cowlings is 0.4mm, not 0.04mm as I originally posted.
     
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    Either way thats somewhat thin!
     
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    I agree with Alex, seems a bit thin.
     
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    U want the panel doors thin Harrison, its a plus...
     
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    Yep. They've been designed and made to scale, to fit around the scale engine and engine bearers, just like the full-sized bird. They can be fitted, as in one of the pics shown, and removed to display all the detail, without detracting from the look of the model in any way. Sounds bl**dy marvellous, and I'm really tempted, but...£100 for one, fighter-sized model is too much for my wallet!
     
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    I need a job.... :lol:

    So I can get some money for some moreeeeeeee kits!
     
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    115 aint too bad , although what that converts to in NZD could be abit scary ( be a while if I decide to get one)

    Certainly looks a beaut
     
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    Using magnets is pretty brilliant though.

    Beautiful kit, but a tad out of my range.
     
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    I agree the magnets is brilliant. In fact the whole concept that the cowlings come off as scale items in themselves is great! Usually they are more demonstrative than accurate.
     
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    Wonder what it would have been like, if it had been Hasegawa...?
     
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    More expensive!!
     
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    Their new P-40 is going for like 90 bucks NZD vs Tamiya's new Spit 160 NZD

    Coulda been cheaper ,who knows
     
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    Spitty will be going foer about $150 on average here....seriously resisting the temptation!

    but if I did...KH-B of P/O George Beurling would be my choice!
     
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    Mine would be Lt. Colonel Gustav Lundquist Mk. IX MK210. Imagine the size of the bird (noseart) on the cowling! :shock:
     
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    Do it Wayne , you know you want to mate ! :D
     
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    On ya Bike Daniel...:rolleyes:....:D
     
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