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  1. The Arma Hobby 1/72 P-39 is cheaper on Hannants site than the new 1/72 Xtrakit SRA/1. Is the SRA overpriced? Which is better value? It’s entirely subjective.
  2. That is just a beautiful model! I would struggle to incorporate that much detail in 1/32 scale, let alone 1/144. You 3-D printed a giant penny, didn’t you…
  3. The thing about Tamiya’s kit tooling choices is they do pretty much whatever they want to do without much worrying if they fit a particular niche or gap in the market. For a long time the choice came down to subjects that Mr Tamiya-san Senior liked or was interested in. I’d guess that the new kits will be an aircraft (1/48) and a military vehicle (1/35th or 1/48th) but you can’t rule out a car or motorbike either. If I have to make predictions I’d say the following: 1/48 Curtiss P-40B/C / Hawk 81 / Tomahawk II 1/48 Centurion Mk VIII
  4. Other kits of this aircraft: https://www.scalemates.com/topics/topic.php?id=4383 Did anybody get the Akatombo resin kit from 2012? https://www.scalemates.com/kits/akatombo-works-10-saunders-roe-sr-a1--166462
  5. There are no import tariffs or customs fees on kits shipped to the US. US buyers also get to buy from retailers like Hannants and manufacturers like Hornby/Airfix VAT-free. If you can hit the post-free limit on the Airfix site it’s possible to get Airfix items cheaper in the US than buying them in the UK.
  6. Could it be a 1/72 airliner? BAC 1-11 HS Trident 1,2,3 DH Comet I, 4 BAe 146/ Avro RJ 70/85/100 Concorde
  7. I don’t think anyone has mentioned the SEPECAT Jaguar yet nor the Tornado or Eurofighter Typhoon. The latter two are obviously not good candidates for an Xtrakit. That begs the question of whether the subject has to be British and if it’s not, what jet aircraft subjects are not well represented in kit form in 1/72? MiG-19? RF/F-84F? F-105B? F-110A B-47?
  8. And you still get to pay a premium price; the earlier A kits are selling for US$50 and up on eBay direct from China. I would not say they are great value at that price as the AFV Club 1/48 kits can be had for not much more than that.
  9. Not in Japan they don’t. The most expensive Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire retails for the equivalent of $90.69 in Japan but the “street price” is $70-$75. That’s a far cry from $199.
  10. That must have been interesting considering the Cub’s maximum speed is about 85 mph while the stall speed of the MiG-15 is 156 mph. I’m sure the Cub could turn well inside the MiG too, not that the Cub has any forward firing armament that could be brought to bear (except for that one aircraft in WWII that was jury rigged with 3 bazookas per side mounted on the wing struts).
  11. Like this: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/amp-72018-canberra-b2--1391152 However, we could always use a PR.3 and PR.7 with the extended fuselage or a T.4.
  12. Wasn’t S&M planning a series of Wasps that were being tooled in Ukraine by AMP/MikroMir. It wouldn’t be surprising if Hannants took over the project. This is a much needed kit.
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