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  1. Tamiya Item 32559? https://www.tamiya.com/english/products/32559staff_car/index.htm
  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Close to 30% off from Amazon Japan for the D. Over 35% off for the A as well.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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/
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. It probably means they are paying Northrop Grumman some sort of fee in order to officially use the F-14 Tomcat name. It also probably means the model, packaging, etc. had to be approved by Northrop Grumman as well. It may or may not mean Northrop Grumman provided assistance (reference materials or whatever). *Edit: Still need to see the weapon sprues too.
  15. More competition is good. As others have stated, the Hasegawa Hornet may be the gold standard thus far, but not having any weapons kind of sucks. Kinetic, AMK, Great Wall, etc. usually include a decent selection of weapons with their kits, which gives us useful choices (everything from clean to loaded for bear). In comparison, Hasegawa essentially tells us to "go look in the spares box" or "spend more money on weapon sets," which certainly gives the impression that, accuracy aside, their kits provide less build freedom and less value for money. The likes of Hasegawa and Tamiya have produced kits that have been rightly praised for their quality, accuracy, etc. But perhaps they are getting too comfortable, perhaps even arrogant, at the top. The number of properly new kits that they release per year can also often be counted on one hand. How many times have we complained about Hasegawa skimping on weapons and simply changing the decals for "new" releases. And remember how Tamiya initially expected us to buy their 1/72 F-16CJ when it was actually an incomplete product? What kind of attitude was that? If Kinetic and co. can continue to up their game and fill out their product lineups with comparable quality kits at competitive prices, they can disrupt the market. At the very least they can cause the Japanese manufacturers to take the competition a bit more seriously and release products that are more in line with what modelers demand today. Look at how Hasegawa started to include weapons with their recent 1/72 kits. So long story short, Kinetic is giving us another option to think about, and if it turns out to be as good as claimed, then all the better.
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