As for Tamiya's Tama may I suggest comparing it to a contemporary Fujimi Jintsu or Natori, not to mention an Aoshima Katori ? Ugh. Yet the Tama is still a fine kit, even in today's environment.
I mention this 'Golden Age' since so many folks are simply--in my always humble opinion--whining about one nitpick or the other. My personal nitpick--which, for some reason, I was attacked over--is this lack of fidelity to scale which has been needlessly managed in the form of Aoshima's Wasp or Tamiya's Yorktown class, for example.
Other than that, I'm really stunned by the increasing variety of high quality plastic on the market today. I'd happily pay $50.00 for a 1/700th Northampton--the old girl herself, no less--of similar quality to this Yamato class offering from Pit Road. Just make sure you give me a choice of stacks Mr. Pit Road...or whatever your name is.