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Tamiya M-18 Hellcat

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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Tamiya M-18 Hellcat
Posted by M1GarandFan on Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:48 PM

Anybody have an update on the release date for Tamiya's M-18 in 1/35th?

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:19 PM

Last I saw was the end of January 2022.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Sunday, December 19, 2021 4:03 PM

Mo Par, Thank you for that info. I really appreciate it.

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 19, 2021 4:23 PM

No problem.  Looking forward to that one myself!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, May 5, 2022 5:22 PM

Ok. Here we are over 4 months since I asked about this kit. Got mine on April 29 and I'm very happy with it so far.

If someone else has posted about this, I apologize as I haven't seen anything on it.

The kit comes with 6 large spruces and one small one for the .50cal. There are 35 steps in the instructions, not counting the one for the figure and ammo boxes. I think Tamiya has stepped up its game what with the competition from Asuka, Meng, Dragon and others. The .50 cal has really improved over earlier version in their kits. It not up to Asuka standards yet, but it's close. Previous Tamiya kits had overly thick headlight guards that needed to be thinned, but these look just right. Assembly so far has been problem free (just doing the lower hull and suspension right now), but the tracks look like they might be a little fiddily given that there are solid sections for the upper and lower runs, but they need to be connected with separate links. Yikes!

Will keep on posting if there is interest. I don't post pics because I am technologically challenged and I have enough other s--t posted on line already. 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, May 5, 2022 9:53 PM

Sounds nice! Don't worry too much about the link and length tracks. Once you get the hang of them, you'll love them. Just leave the drive sprocket wheel loose until last to get the best fit.

 

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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, May 5, 2022 11:18 PM

Thanks, Stik. I'll  keep that in mind when I get to them.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:37 PM

Sounds great M1! And knowing recent Tamiya kits it should just fall together! 

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

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:02 AM

Gamera, so far it really is. Parts fit is great with positive locating pins or slots. Instructions are clear.

Tamiya finally has the sponsors filled in!

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