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Re: 1/350 Yamato
Posted by Robert Apfelzweig on March 16, 2017, 9:12:31, in reply to "1/350 Yamato"
I built Tamiya's older Yamato about 10 years ago,but recently was offered the newer version by a friend who was given this very expensive and elaborate kit by someone else who had made a very poor effort to assemble it; thus, I was able to directly compare the two. The newer version has its own steel photoetch fret (excluding railings) and includes extensive details of the inside of the 18-in. turret barbettes, but I can't see how useful these would be once the turrets are in place (they are apparently meant to be removable). The newer kit has more details in the superstructure, including parts absent from the older kit, and I noticed that the tripod base of the mast is reversed; the mast parts are also thinner and probably more to scale. There are additional 25mm triple machine guns on the newer kit, including the twin platforms at the fantail, which the older kit lacked. What I was able to do, more or less successfully, was update my older Yamato with parts from the newer one that I was able to salvage. This is not, obviously, an efficient or economical way to use either kit.
: Recommendation of old Tamiya 78030 kit versus
: the newer tooling. The old kit seems to
: have retained its value probably because new
: kit is so expensive. Which do the experts
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