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Curt B

Which 1/32 Tamiya Airplane: P-51 or Spit?

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Hi All,

 

At some point, I'd like to try my hand at one of the 'big gun' 1/32 scale Tamiya airplanes.  I wouldn't want to build more than one, primarily due to space available to display them once completed, so I've ben pondering either one of the 1/32 Spitfires (probably the IXc) or one of the P-51Ds.  I love both of those airplanes, so it would be a difficult choice to make.  That said, is there a reason to pick the Spitfire over the P-51 (or the reverse) based on the kits themselves (that is, is one of them 'better' than the other, in any category [fit, accuracy, engineering]) or are they equally good?  I really want to get one of them.  Thoughts, opinions?  Thanks.

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Really comes down to which aircraft floats your boat.  Quality wise, they are equals. I’m building the Mustang right now.   Magnificent kit but compared to their later Corsairs, it’s a bit more gimmicky with movable control surfaces, retractable landing gear etc.   

 

if it helps, there is a boatload of aftermarket stuff (hundreds of decals, lots of resin, etc) for the Mustang, less for the Spit.   

 

If if you can’t decide, flip a coin.  You’ll be happy either way.  

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I kind of figured that the answers you have given me would be the answers I’d get.  However, I wanted to ask, in case I may have missed something.   I really appreciate you all taking the time you did to give me your thoughts. 

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1 hour ago, K5054NZ said:

If it helps your decision in anyway, I've read an F-51D boxing is on the way.

Of course it is.  I’m midway through building an F-51, so why wouldn’t they release one?

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1 hour ago, Helmsman said:

I'd say both. Don't waste a flip.

 

Now THERE'S an option!   :clap2:   I just wish I had the room!

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Last time I checked they fit into Detolf case which in turn can be easily doubled in capacity.

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2 hours ago, Helmsman said:

Last time I checked they fit into Detolf case which in turn can be easily doubled in capacity.

 

LOL, it's not about having room to buy the model(s) and get them back to the house, rather, it's how to find places to display them once the airplanes are complete!

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Ahhhhh, I see!  That cabinet would be great to display bigger airplanes, for sure!.  Thanks for clarifying!

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That case will support a Mustang. I used to have my 1/32 Tamiya on the bottom shelf.

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2 hours ago, Curt B said:

Ahhhhh, I see!  That cabinet would be great to display bigger airplanes, for sure!.  Thanks for clarifying!

Well, it is not that big. 1/48 Flanker or MiG-25/31 don't fit, but most 1/32 WW 2 fighters do. It can hold 2 smaller 1/48 jets on a single shelf like Kfir and Draken or couple of M346/Yak-130.  Large 1/32 jets can be placed on top, there is enough space even for 1/32 Flanker.

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Oh wow, cool!  My wife is gracious enough to let me have one of the glass doored cabinets in our entertainment center to put models in, and thus far, I’ve only put 1/35 tanks and 1/48 angle seat WWII fighters in there, but the Ikea cabinet would be great for the planes you have all mentioned... and I think I have a spot for the cabinet!

 

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On 12/2/2019 at 3:39 PM, K5054NZ said:

If it helps your decision in anyway, I've read an F-51D boxing is on the way.

I’d be very interested to know where you read that.  Can you link to your source?

 

Thanks,

 

Steve

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At the risk of being far too practical, ask yourself which model you'd do a better job building.

 

If you go with the D-Mustang, ask yourself how good you are doing metal finishes (since most D's are NMF).

 

If you're better or more comfortable with paint finishes, go with the Spitfire.I

 

As you say, they are large models when finished, so our your best do it forward.

If you're equally good with both NMF and camo...you're back where you started. 🙂

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9 hours ago, Falconxlvi said:

I’d be very interested to know where you read that.  Can you link to your source?

 

Thanks,

 

Steve

No problem Steve! 

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235064206-new-tamiya-mustang-132/

https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=TA 60328

https://tamiyablog.com/2019/12/some-upcoming-2020-tamiya-releases/

 

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