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I don't think you quite understood my post & my point wasn't to dismiss any of Italeri's kits, rather to defend the Tamiya ones as I don't think Kurt meant it as a compliment to Italeri, rather to put down Tamiya, but I may be wrong.......
I'm in my mid forties & have built all the kits you mention, some of them several times as well as convert them into other versions/vehicles & I agree, for their time they were excellent & were indeed light years ahead of Tamiya. I've also revisited some of them when I returned to the hobby a dozen or so years ago & at this moment I'm using much of their maultier kit for a conversion to ICM's Ford truck
Although many are still very good, most are simply not as good as the kits that superceded them from other manufacturers, sure they can still be made into excellent models, but only by correcting dimensional errors & adding a lot of detail, a great deal more than you'd need to add to the equivelant new Tamiya kit.
Anyway, we're getting of the actual point of the post here but just thought I'd clear that up.