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Tamiya vs Academy
Bigskip
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Posted: Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 03:48 AM UTC
Hiya.

I thought as part of the campaign, and as a service to all 'bolt fans I'd do another multiple build, only two this time, but i'm comparing the Tamiya and Academy 1/48 bubble top offerings. Both will be built OOB, but with aftermarket decals, an obvious choice for the Academy kit.

Starting with the cockpit, heres the comparison.

Tamiya -


Academy


Andy
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Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 04:18 AM UTC
This'll be interesting. My Tamiya cockpit worked like lego - no need of glue whatsoever. And cockpits that only fit the fuselage if fitted within the 1:100 mm are common. (I didn't glue my 1:48 tub other than on the outside, to the fuselage) So I hope this thread will make the model designers to look seriously on the Tam P 47 tub . Go Andy!

Tony
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Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 06:56 AM UTC
Hi Andy.
Im looking forward to this comparrison build very much.
Cockpit detail wise it looks like a point to Tamiya.
That Academy cockpit floor is interesting, it seems to be a mix of the early ribbed floor and the later flat one.
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 09:49 AM UTC
Cockpit is finished - hands down win to the Big T, as tony said it goes together without glue, and it's got a shed load more detail.

Comparative photos - for those who can't tell Tamiya is on the left







Andy
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Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 10:17 PM UTC
Very interesting comparison. I am building a Hasegawa kit for the campaign, but was considering an Academy kit as a second build - since I have bought some after market decals anyway and need a kit to apply them to

Looking forward to see more
Maxidad
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Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 12:17 PM UTC
Hi Andy, I think you are AndyL on Britmodeller! I am building the Academy kit for the D-Day GB on that site. The seat on your build for the Academy kit seems to be too far forward (even comparing to theTamiya kit) - is it located properly?
Bigskip
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Posted: Sunday, March 01, 2009 - 01:54 AM UTC
Richard.

I'm not AndyL on Britmodeller. The seat in the academy kit is located exactly as per the instructions, however i'm willing to accept the kit may be wrong, but i'm just doing both kits as per instructions, with the exception of seatbelts, have to use etched ones.

Good luck with your build.

Andy
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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2009 - 02:34 AM UTC
On to the wings.

Academy First



Academy have nicely included a set of guns for the wings, however the magazines don't extend into the wings very well, leaving a bit of a gap.



Detail in the wheel wells is a bit lacking in the academy kit, which is a shame.



Plus points for academy are the inclusion of clear parts for the navigation lights on the bottom of the wings, and thats about it.

Another clear win for Mr Tamiya's offering.

Andy
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 12:50 AM UTC
Nice one Andy.
While I like the Academy open gunbays I have to say that the Tamiya moulding is looking like a clear winner.
Im pretty sure its just the photo angle/lighting, but on the Academy wings the small inspection panels look to be raised. Is this the case?
Nige
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 07:29 AM UTC
Yes the small panels are raised - by 0.22mm which is 10.5mm scaled up - not much, but another problem with the Academy kit!!

Andy
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 09:10 AM UTC
I dont know a huge amount about making masters for kits, but I would think that the extra work required to make those small panels incorrectly was a lot more than to just scribe them so they are flush fitting.
Tamiya are scoring points all over those wings.
Nige
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 04:33 PM UTC
Andy:
Thanks for doig this. I am actually doing the Academy kit for the campaign. Looks like I may need to invest in a Tamiya

Taylor
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2009 - 04:02 AM UTC
Had a small camera related problem, and all of my photos for this have been erased - D'oh.

I can conclude however, that the Tamiya kit is streets ahead of the Academy one - which i am sure will come as a surprise to all of you, that said the Academy one is cheaper, and the finished product does look like a Jug!!!

Andy