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Tamiya's Ancient M151A2
long_tom
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Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 12:33 PM UTC
Is it one of those old kits that still hold up, like Italeri's M47?
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Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 01:49 PM UTC
Have you googled it?
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Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 02:21 PM UTC

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Have you googled it?


I looked up Scalemates. I found one review video.
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Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 03:53 PM UTC
Not really. Details are sparse, headlights are still molded on, overall its just clunky.
Academy's M151A2 is step up and has crisper details.

HOWEVER, because the Tamiya M151A2 is so small and relatively cheap you can really go to town on scratch building and doing other things to improve it if thats your thing, and Eduard does make a decent photo etch set for it. DEF also makes a decent resin wheel set
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long_tom
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Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 11:12 PM UTC

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Not really. Details are sparse, headlights are still molded on, overall its just clunky.
Academy's M151A2 is step up and has crisper details.

HOWEVER, because the Tamiya M151A2 is so small and relatively cheap you can really go to town on scratch building and doing other things to improve it if thats your thing, and Eduard does make a decent photo etch set for it. DEF also makes a decent resin wheel set


Thanks for the heads up.
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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 03:54 AM UTC
I built the Tamiya M151A2 in early 2016. It needs a lot of work.

Academy's M151 range offerings are much better, but still need some work. DEF model makes some really nice M151 tyres.
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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 09:49 AM UTC

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I built the Tamiya M151A2 in early 2016. It needs a lot of work.

Academy's M151 range offerings are much better, but still need some work. DEF model makes some really nice M151 tyres.


Based on past experience, I never felt Academy kits were good, but now I will. In fact, I have DEF Model wheels already.
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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 10:18 AM UTC
When they were copies of ancient Tamiya kits (Centurion, Sheridan, for example) they had all the less than desirable traits of those kits, with the addition of extra flash and sinkholes.
They are light years past that now.
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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 12:05 PM UTC
You can decide for yourself. I compared the Tamiya and Academy kits in an article here on Armorama.

Personally, I think they both have good and bad. Depending on what you want to build, Tamiya may be a better starting point, or Academy.
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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 01:39 PM UTC

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You can decide for yourself. I compared the Tamiya and Academy kits in an article here on Armorama.

Personally, I think they both have good and bad. Depending on what you want to build, Tamiya may be a better starting point, or Academy.


I don't know who administers the Scalemates site, but they should definitely link to this article!
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Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 12:47 AM UTC
Glad it was helpful.