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Seeking advice. Which 1/700 Yamato to get?????

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  • From: New Zealand
Seeking advice. Which 1/700 Yamato to get?????
Posted by NZAnglia on Saturday, July 3, 2021 2:38 AM

Hi all,

Generally I build Cars and Sci-fi ( re Gundam ), but for a while now I have been thinking of building a ship as a break.

If Im going to build only one ship then I choose the Yamato. Simply because the name is most familiar to be having watched all of the Space Yamato Anime. I dont have a huge amount of Display space so Ill limit myself and hopefully financial outlay to 1/700 Scale.

My question is this. In 1/700 scale, who makes the best OOB Yamato Kit? at the best value for $$$? and currently available.

It doesnt have to be perfectly accurate But it would be nice to be fairly close.

I need to consider price tag as well as I am on a fairly limited budget.

Waterline vs Full Hull.  Not that bothered, but if its the only ship I build Im guessing a full hull with stand might be nicer on display.

Doesnt need to come with PE if there are kits that come with some. However If I choose to, and can afford to buy a PE set without going rediculously over board, which would the better value for money to detail railing etc to take it up just that next level from an OOB all plastic kit.

Thanks in advice for everyones advise and input.

Tags: 1/700 , yamato
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Posted by potchip on Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:50 AM

That's an extremely broad range of criteria, something that will help a lot is specify your budget. 

Purely model wise currently 

Pitroad > Fujimi Next > Aoshima > Tamiya > Fujimi old tool > Tamiya old tool

Tamiya is middle of the road, but very available/affordable (20), fairly easy to build and fairly crisply molded for the price. Aoshima is fairly cheap (25) and decent but not that common. Fujimi Next is well detailed but somewhat pricy (45), but full hull. Pitroad is the best, full hull but pricy (60).

For PE I think some of the items are essential to bring about the 'intricate' aspect of a 1/700 ship, namely the Type 21 radars ontop main range finders, the rear crane tower and crane, and maybe the 2 catapults. That's about it really, don't think railing is essential.

 

 

 

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Posted by NZAnglia on Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:33 PM

Thanks Potchip.  As a starting point the above info for selection is quite helpful.  Sadly Living in New Zealand increases costs fairly dramatically once you include shipping.

Ill have a look locally and HLJ which is where I tend to shop internationally for cheaper shipping costs and put together a list of six kits factoring in total cost to me incl. shipping and within my budget constraints and re-post here to ask for further feedback on those and go from there.

 

Cheers

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  • From: New Zealand
Posted by NZAnglia on Thursday, July 8, 2021 9:35 PM

 

Cant copy and paste pictures for now but i hope this info will help

 

FUJIMI 1/700 Warship Next IJN Battleship Yamato 1944 Operation Sho-1 FUJ46080  NZD$90
 
FUJIMI 1/700 IJN Battleship Yamato 1945   FUJ43323 NZD$78
 
FUJIMI 1/700 IJN BB Yamato Battle of Leyte Sea Version FUJ42133  NZD$58
 
TAMIYA 1/700 IJN BB Yamato TAM31113   NZD$70
 
FUJIMI 1/700 IJN Battleship Yamato - Last Version FUJ421353  NZD$48

 

 The next part is What Pe Set to go with which ever of these I get.

Lion Roar / Pit Road = Serious overkill

Eduard has a PE Set for TAMIYA but doesnt specify which one.

Then there is this.   What Kit is one for, or is it generic and good enough.

https://freetimehobbies.com/1-700-toms-modelworks-photo-etch-ijn-yamato-musashi-detail-set/

Both within my budget.

Fujimi would appear to have a set as well but hard to find in stock or Im not looking in the right places. I can find the PE Set that goes with the Aoshima kit but that kit is not available locally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Friday, July 9, 2021 6:06 AM

NZAnglia

 

Cant copy and paste pictures for now but i hope this info will help

 

FUJIMI 1/700 Warship Next IJN Battleship Yamato 1944 Operation Sho-1 FUJ46080  NZD$90
 
FUJIMI 1/700 IJN Battleship Yamato 1945   FUJ43323 NZD$78
 
FUJIMI 1/700 IJN BB Yamato Battle of Leyte Sea Version FUJ42133  NZD$58
 
TAMIYA 1/700 IJN BB Yamato TAM31113   NZD$70
 
FUJIMI 1/700 IJN Battleship Yamato - Last Version FUJ421353  NZD$48

 

 The next part is What Pe Set to go with which ever of these I get.

Lion Roar / Pit Road = Serious overkill

Eduard has a PE Set for TAMIYA but doesnt specify which one.

Then there is this.   What Kit is one for, or is it generic and good enough.

https://freetimehobbies.com/1-700-toms-modelworks-photo-etch-ijn-yamato-musashi-detail-set/

Both within my budget.

Fujimi would appear to have a set as well but hard to find in stock or Im not looking in the right places. I can find the PE Set that goes with the Aoshima kit but that kit is not available locally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You missed one: Gold Medal Models.

Also for Tamiya but again, doesn't specify which kit; it may not matter. 

http://goldmm.com/ships/gms700-4.htm

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, July 9, 2021 8:35 AM

Normally if they don't specify which kit they are for it's most likely generic.  The dimensions can't be that much different.  I have used generic P.E. many times and have had no problems.  Sometimes you just have to make a decision how much detail you want to add, a more detailed sheet may be more than you want to do.  iT'S YOU CHOICE.

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Friday, July 9, 2021 3:24 PM

Eduard, LionRoar, and GMM's PE is etched from a harder brass alloy.  Tom's products are etched from a softer alloy.  Toms tends to be less forgiving under an errant thumb.  

But being softer it is also somewhat easier to form.  

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  • From: New Zealand
Posted by NZAnglia on Friday, July 9, 2021 6:58 PM

ikar01
Sometimes you just have to make a decision how much detail you want to add, a more detailed sheet may be more than you want to do.

That is where my head is leaning at the moment. I dont build for competition and I dont have the knowledge or the time to correct any kit flaws and inaccuracies, so if it captures the look and "feel" by building OOB and adding even half of what comes on one of those sheets and if it turns out half as well as it does in my head, then jobs a good 'un.

  • Member since
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  • From: New Zealand
Posted by NZAnglia on Friday, July 9, 2021 6:58 PM

EdGrune
under an errant thumb.

...or ten. lol.

 

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Posted by potchip on Friday, July 9, 2021 9:00 PM

Check your message Idea

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Posted by NZAnglia on Friday, July 9, 2021 9:33 PM

potchip

Check your message Idea

 

I did. And I would love to accept your Generous offer. Then all ill need to do is search for a Generic PE  IJN Hand Railing set on the cheap to complete the finsh im hoping for.

 

Probably this one

https://freetimehobbies.com/1-700-flyhawk-photo-etch-wwii-ijn-railing-w-1-fret/

 

 

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Posted by potchip on Friday, July 9, 2021 11:56 PM

bnamodelworld is my go-to if I want something local - Australia based online modelshop with very competitive prices.

Eg the FH PE you linked, is 6.95 in AUD and with lower shipping as well (freetime hobbies don't really offer half decent international shipping rates). 

https://www.bnamodelworld.com/model-ships-boats-detail-up-parts-flyhawk-fh700019

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