Tamiya next kit-answer lies in the engine, or how many kits....
August 18 2012 at 3:37 PM
Tom S. (Login deskflyer) HyperScale Forums from IP address 188.8.131.52
can subject wise be covered with one engine tooling, with maybe few tweaks. At this years Nurnberg Toy Fair I was told three things, firstly engine tooling takes up app. 30 percent of the kit cost, so there needs to be sufficient subjects powered by same or slightly different engine, without major alterations.
Secondly, unlike most other Tamiya and other manufacturer products, this rejuvenated line is selling as well today as after initial releases , due to their ultimate nature quality/accuracy wise. On latter I think we can all agree.
Thirdly, this series is not of a limited nature, and Tamiya will continue to frequently release new kits.
My prediction P-51B aside-Bf 109E/F/G/K, Fw 190A-D all sooner or later, Spitfires Mk.I/Ia/Vb/Vc
Would be surprised - Mk.XIVc/e, XVIII, F4U-1/1a/1d, F6F-3/5
Fantasy pile -Hawker Typhoon, Tempest Mk.V
This message has been edited by deskflyer from IP address 184.108.40.206 on Aug 18, 2012 3:38 PM
I'm still iffy on the P-51B/C though. It would take a lot of new tooling to get there from their D/K kit. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a Spitfire V or even a Mk.I (no other reason for the antenna post on the rudder on the Mk.IX tooling). It also wouldn't surprise me to see them do a Corsair eventually. With a basic R2800 they could go a long way...
in numerous 1/12 F-1 cars but did new tools for the Renault and Ferrari engines when they decided there was a market for them. They also sold their 1/6 motorcycle engines as separate kits. I guess a new tool 1/32 R-2800 would be pricey but I do think a F4U although expensive if they went the way of alternate gear positions, folding wings, etc. would be a good seller.In his book Mr Tamiya recalls seeing F4Us sweep over his school house in Japan toward the end of the war. The bent wing F4U is an iconic machine I would not be surprised to see them do it.The did the iconic Japanese, British, USAAF, fighters so iconic USN fighter would seem top fit in. Not too much re-tooling to do the variations of the -1 / 1A / 1D.
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