In the last few years, I've noticed several new manufacturers that have arose. Revived Airfix under Hornby, Bronco, Kinetic, Kitty Hawk, Meng, Takom, Wingnut Wings, Zoukei-Mujra, Zvezda are a few off that I can think of. It's probably fair to call them new age manufacturers?
Before that, it was: Dragon, Eduard, Hobbyboss, Trumpeter
And finally, the established makers: Old Airfix, Aoshima, Fujimi, Hasegawa, Italeri, Revell, Revell Germany, Tamiya.
Starting with the established makers, these were the brands that I became familiar with as I went about my plastic modeling journey.
In general, Tamiya seemed to be regarded by many as the king when it comes to fit, ease of assembly, and enough details to satisfy modelers without being overly engineered/complex.
With all these new comers, does Tamiya's reputation still hold true or have they been dethroned?