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  1. Well if any news comes, it won't be at this year's Shizuoka Hobby Show in May, because that's been cancelled. https://www.hobby-shizuoka.com/
  2. The product page on Tamiya's website generally has the Japanese release date. https://www.tamiya.com/japan/products/61120/index.html Amazon Japan's product page is also a good indication. Not to mention the nice discount. https://www.amazon.co.jp/タミヤ-傑作機シリーズ-No-120-ロッキード-ライトニング/dp/B07XBJHSVD/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_ja_JP=カタカナ&keywords=p-38&qid=1572128182&sr=8-1 Both state Nov. 2, which is a Saturday over here.
  3. Tamiya Item 32559? https://www.tamiya.com/english/products/32559staff_car/index.htm
  4. As in the retail boxing MSRP will likely be higher. For reference, the 1/35 JGSDF Type 16 white boxing for the early release event at the Tamiya Plamodel Factory was 4,174 yen (incl tax) while the MSRP listed on Tamiya's site for the final retail boxing is 5,184 yen (incl tax)
  5. And there's already a Yahoo Japan auction listing for twice the price (8,000 yen). https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/n358519833
  6. http://www.tamiya.com/english/THS/index18.htm Would've been nice if they had timed it with the actual 100 years of RAF a little while back.
  7. Close to 30% off from Amazon Japan for the D. Over 35% off for the A as well.
  8. If the US release date is August, I'd assume HK retailers will get theirs after that and Japan even later as per recent trends to offset lost sales to the likes of Lucky and HLJ.
  9. Is George even referring to the Tomcat with his Churchill quote? This year is the 100th anniversary of the RAF after all, so maybe another SHS release announcement?
  10. I would assume that a Tamiya America rep would know stuff that we don't. His hands are probably tied as to how much he can reveal to build hype. Japanese hobby companies aren't exactly innovative when it comes to their online/social media presence.
  11. Sprues were on display at the Shizuoka Hobby Show. Pics were posted on their Japanese Twitter as well. https://twitter.com/meng_model Apparently the Japanese market gets its own boxing. http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/381476/2/
  12. May seem that way, but their Japanese new product buyer's guides and their info for distributors outside Japan have plenty of CAD images, both scale models and R/C models.
  13. Maybe there's a good chance that they follow previous patterns (P-51, P-47, F-16). Start with a "base" kit then work up to the final release with the most options?
  14. Or the Canadian distributor decided to take a hit to their profit margin to get their shipment by air as opposed to losing sales altogether to the likes of HLJ and Lucky Model.
  15. I was at the Tamiya HQ yesterday and one of their staff told me that the sample is partially made with 3D-printed parts because not all of the molds are ready.
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