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Noisy Tamiya Zero heads up

July 28 2013 at 4:13 PM
RM  (Login RacerRich)
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60311 1/32 Zero Fighter Type 52 Real Sound action set

Looks like it's being re-released according to the Tamiya blog


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Roy Sutherland
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If they did that for the Spitfire, I'd buy one!

July 28 2013, 6:36 PM 

Its pretty cool to see it in person.

Course, after a few times playing with it, it will get old, but its something that even non-modelers (dudes, of course) would be impressed with. It saves you from having to make the engine sound yourself. happy.gif

Happy modelling! Roy


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Yep- there was a completed one doing the rounds in the UK a while back

July 29 2013, 2:39 AM 

-certainly stopped you in your tracks- very impressive.

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Everyone's Jumping on the Bandwagon

July 29 2013, 6:32 AM 

The latest Studio Ghibli (really famous animation studio) movie is somewhat about the life of the Zero designer:http://kazetachinu.jp/

Then later this year, there will be a live action movie that's called "Zero Forever": http://www.eienno-zero.jp/

And then there's the Planes of Fame Zero, which is currently in Japan:http://tam-web.jsf.or.jp/spevent/highlight.html

There's plenty of people who will be interested in a model of it by the time this year's over.

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David Goudie
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Zero designer bio

July 29 2013, 1:29 PM 

If you are really interested see if you can find a copy of:

Eagles of Mitsubishi, The Story of the Zero Fighter
By Jiro Horikoshi
Translated to English by Harold N. (Nick) Wantiez and Shojiro Shindo
University of Washington (US)
ISBN 0-295-95826-X
Published (Japanese) 1970
English Translation 1981

Very interesting read, indeed. I submitted my review to IPMS/USA but they declined to publish.

Horikoshi-san was lead designer of the airplane and he describes the history, design philosophy and evolution of his design. He goes on to design the test program in detail. What is particularly interesting is that the writer makes this book very readable and you feel as if you are looking over his shoulder. You can also get a feel for the WWII psychology of the Japanese mindset when compared to that of a westerner.

A worthwhile and easy read.

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If they are ramping the electronics up, maybe they will adapt it to the F4U-1...

July 29 2013, 12:56 PM 

...since it would be very easy to do since both are radials. I have two Sound/Action Zeros on the shelf. One is now destined to become a "Corsair" Sound/Action model...maybe prelude to what Tamiya has planned. wink.gif

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Mike C
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Get two for a B-25

July 30 2013, 4:04 AM 

It would look cool to see a staggered start up. I have one of the Tamiya Zero kits, too, but I believe the sound chip is a recording of an actual 14-cylinder Zero engine. I think Tamiya should consider marketing the same electronics with a different sound chip for 18-cylinder radials. They'd sell tons to people eager to shovel them into existing Hellcat, T-Bolt and Corsair kits.

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