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Couple of Old Tamiya Kits Recently Built

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, December 31, 2022 12:25 PM

When I was a kid in Vermont, the only hobby shops I had were across the river in New Hampshire. There was a local chain called Fitz Photo and Hobby Shop (or was it Pitt's?).

Anyway, the only Tamiya kits they carried were motorized Tamiya tank kits. I remember getting the Centurion, M113, Matilda, M60A2, M4A3E8 probably another one or two I don't remember.

I do know they had the 3-engined, motorized M1 Abrams with a wired remote control. It could go left, right, forward, reverse, and the third engine rotated the turret. This kit I bought when I was already in college and a tanker in the National Guard.

Around this time, I also repainted my very old Monogram M48A2 to "look" like the M48A5 tanks we used in the Guard. That kit is still on display on my bookcase in the basement.

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Posted by Tcoat on Saturday, December 31, 2022 11:37 AM

Rob Gronovius

 

 
Tcoat

 

 

 

 

I have this old kit in my display cabinet. It has to be over forty years old (I built it in high school and have been out of high school since 1982). Mine is motorized.

 

 

That one would have been built in 1969 or 70. I could not afford the motorized version since it would have been about $4.50 and I would have had a $3.00 limit.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, December 31, 2022 11:27 AM

Tcoat

 

 

I have this old kit in my display cabinet. It has to be over forty years old (I built it in high school and have been out of high school since 1982). Mine is motorized.

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Friday, December 30, 2022 4:52 PM

Nice work on a couple of Tamiya classics. I have a number of old Tamiya and Italeri armour kits in the stash.

Cheers,

Dodgy

 

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Posted by Tcoat on Thursday, December 29, 2022 10:33 PM

cbaltrin

Nice work tcoat. That  stuff brings back memories. I have not built a tank since I was a teenager and did not build many then, but I remember building the Tamiya Sturmgeschütz IV and their original Panther tank. Both fun builds.

 

Built in 1969 when I was 10. Found in the bottom of a box in my parents attic. Complete with very warped but still attached stretched sprue antenna. 

I have the Jagdpanzer of the same vintage but no picture for some reason.

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Posted by Tcoat on Thursday, December 29, 2022 10:26 PM

Rob Gronovius

 

 
warshipguy

I love building Tamiya kits.  The only issues I have with them concerns first, the suspensions on most of them.The old kits have motorization holes, second, rubber band tracks, and, third, molded-on details. But, they are fun to build.

Bill

 

 

When I was stationed in Germany in the late 80s, I found an old hobby shop in downtown Mannheim. Lots of old, dust covered kits. I found a lot of old motorized Tamiya kits like the M113, Panther and a few others in odd scales.

A little over a decade ago, I sold those kits on eBay and made about a grand over the course of a month. These were kits I paid maybe $10-15 a piece for (exchange rate was $1=2 DM).

I think the highest one went for like $200 and was a Tamiya 1/50 scale Crusader to a collector in Connecticut. I think I paid less than $10 for that kit.

Used that money to buy more up-to-date kits and collectors got some highly coveted kits.

 

I spent a couple of months training with the 28th Transportation Battalion in Mannheim but I was 19 years old and not looking for hobby shops at that point in my life!

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, December 29, 2022 9:17 PM

warshipguy

I love building Tamiya kits.  The only issues I have with them concerns first, the suspensions on most of them.The old kits have motorization holes, second, rubber band tracks, and, third, molded-on details. But, they are fun to build.

Bill

When I was stationed in Germany in the late 80s, I found an old hobby shop in downtown Mannheim. Lots of old, dust covered kits. I found a lot of old motorized Tamiya kits like the M113, Panther and a few others in odd scales.

A little over a decade ago, I sold those kits on eBay and made about a grand over the course of a month. These were kits I paid maybe $10-15 a piece for (exchange rate was $1=2 DM).

I think the highest one went for like $200 and was a Tamiya 1/50 scale Crusader to a collector in Connecticut. I think I paid less than $10 for that kit.

Used that money to buy more up-to-date kits and collectors got some highly coveted kits.

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, December 29, 2022 7:50 PM

I love building Tamiya kits.  The only issues I have with them concerns first, the suspensions on most of them.The old kits have motorization holes, second, rubber band tracks, and, third, molded-on details. But, they are fun to build.

Bill

 

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  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, December 26, 2022 4:13 PM

Nice work tcoat. That  stuff brings back memories. I have not built a tank since I was a teenager and did not build many then, but I remember building the Tamiya Sturmgeschütz IV and their original Panther tank. Both fun builds.

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, December 26, 2022 4:00 PM

I have both of these in the stash. Cool builds, nice work and well done.

BK

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Posted by GreySnake on Monday, December 26, 2022 2:40 PM

Nice work. The Stug was a favorite build of mine when I was a lad. 

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 4:31 PM

I noticed the stowage on the Bradley right away, beautifully painted.

Apprentice rivet counter.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, December 12, 2022 11:26 PM

Very nice job on the classic kits.

Yes, ODS implies it is the post Operation Desert Storm version. During Desert Storm we still had M2/3 and M2A1/M3A1 Bradleys and very few M2A2s. Some units still had M113A2s and M901 ITVs and hadn't fielded Bradleys of any sort yet.

That was a war we really hadn't prepared for and showed up with what we had.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 12, 2022 6:46 PM

Both of those are cool! 

Even beyond the magnetic storage great job on fabric texture of the bags. Love the paint and weathering on both! Yes

Those vintage Tamiya kits are still a load of fun.  

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Monday, December 12, 2022 1:08 PM

MR TOM SCHRY

Tcoat, excellent job on those "vintage" Tamiya kits.  Great molding, ease of instruction, and a reasonable parts count, what's not to LOVE?

tjs

 

Yep! Unfortunetly not all vintage kits are as buildable. These were a pleasent treat

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, December 12, 2022 12:26 PM

Tcoat, excellent job on those "vintage" Tamiya kits.  Great molding, ease of instruction, and a reasonable parts count, what's not to LOVE?

tjs

TJS

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Posted by Tcoat on Monday, December 12, 2022 9:06 AM

HeavyArty

 

 
Tcoat
They could have marked the box as such but for some unknown reason went with ODS. 

 

Tamiya wasn't totally off.  The version was known as an M2A2 ODS, meaning it had the post ODS updates.  The decal placement instructions also say it is from 3ID in Iraq, 2003. 

 

 

Ahhh that makes more sense then!

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Posted by Tcoat on Monday, December 12, 2022 9:04 AM

Tojo72

Oldies but goodies

 

What surprised me most was the Stug. Even after almost 50 years and probably hundreds of thousands of kits made, the molds still produce perfect parts. There was not one bit of flash nor a misaligned seam on a single sprue

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, December 12, 2022 9:04 AM

Tcoat
They could have marked the box as such but for some unknown reason went with ODS. 

Tamiya wasn't totally off.  This version was called an M2A2 ODS, meaning it had the post ODS updates.  The decal placement instructions also say it is from 3ID in Iraq, 2003. 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, December 12, 2022 8:56 AM

Oldies but goodies

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Posted by Tcoat on Monday, December 12, 2022 8:49 AM

HeavyArty

The Bradley came out pretty nicely.  Good job on it.

 

 
Tcoat
...M2A2 Bradly supposedly as it appeared in Desert Storm...

 

This version is not supposed to represent one used in Operation Desert Storm (1991).  It is a later version updated after ODS from lessons learned there.  It had more armor and other improvements added.  The kit represents one used by 3ID during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

 

 

 

 

Yep! They could have marked the box as such but for some unknown reason went with ODS. 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, December 12, 2022 8:44 AM

The Bradley came out pretty nicely.  Good job on it.

Tcoat
...M2A2 Bradly supposedly as it appeared in Desert Storm...

This version is not supposed to represent one used in Operation Desert Storm (1991).  It is a later version updated after ODS from lessons learned there.  It had more armor and other improvements added.  The kit represents one used by 3ID during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

 

 

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Couple of Old Tamiya Kits Recently Built
Posted by Tcoat on Monday, December 12, 2022 8:24 AM

Out of the box quick builds to wind down between a couple of big projects I was doing late last year.

Older but updated Tamiya kit of the M2A2 Bradly supposedly as it appeared in Desert Storm. In reality it is a much later version but since I wasn't doing anything specific with it I really don't care what version it actually is.
All in all a very well detailed kit for it's age and looks good out of the box even if the stowage (included) appears to be held on the sides by magic or fridge magnets or something. Normally I would at least add attachment points and straps but that would defeat the purpose of a 100% out of the box build so hovering Alice packs it is.

 

Annnnnd here is the second down and dirty out of the box.
It is a very old kit from 1975 when they were motorized and considered as much toys as anything. The new boxings do not come with the motor or other parts though.
That said it is still beautifully detailed even by today's standard and the molds have held up really well. The commander figure is about the same vintage and was originally from a kit I built in the early '70s. He just got a new coat of paint. 

 

 

 

 

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