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Here's a selection of sprue-shots of Tamiya's forthcoming 1:48 Matilda - grey plastic because it's a pre-production kit. Kit preview on the way in TMMI 201, to followed by a full-build as soon as possible!
This a very nicely molded kit with great detailing.....
May 23 2012, 11:41 AM
I especially like the turret roof with the circular roof plate shown, something missing on the old Bandai kit of the Matilda. However, the one-piece molding of the suspension components will make it very difficult to convert this model to the earlier BEF Matilda with the lowered suspension, as there is no detail at all above the outer bogie truck frames. It's not needed for the standard height suspension, but the lowered BEF suspension exposed the upper bogie attachment structures and these are missing. So, save an old Bandai Matilda for the suspension parts if you want to do a BEF Matilda.
César M. Martín-Sáez (Login SPQRCAESAR) Missing-Lynx members
May 23 2012, 1:01 PM
I can't say anything about accuracy. I'm not a Matilda expert at all, and it is not my main point when buying a kit (I have two Matildas preordered since it was announced...) but moulding seems to be top class. I love the casting textures and the look of all the bolts, hinges, etc.
If I must judge from the photos, I would say it is a real winner...
I'll be honest Les I have that booklet and was just playing devils advocate!
If your a member of IPMS UK then you also got Mikes brilliant article the other month, matched with his Tamiya paint mixes no one should get it wrong!
But that said RAF blue Tillys? "You can lead a horse to water!!!"