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Unboxing Tamiya's New M40 SPG

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About the Author

About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Comments

Wow, I gotta get out from under my rock sometime. I missed that this was even news, let alone an issued kit. Stoked! I've loved those SPGs for decades - I have (had) about a dozen MiniTank M40/43s and one from Bandai in 1/48. VERY interested in this one, although even moreso in an M12.
OCT 09, 2016 - 09:45 AM
Now see if you had watched the video you would have heard it has a list price (on the box) of $60. I don't know who is trying to get $93 for it, but I would probably look elsewhere.
OCT 09, 2016 - 06:47 PM
The $93 SRP came from a Tamiya Rep
OCT 10, 2016 - 09:09 AM
The price is 6400 JPY without tax, according to Tamiya's brochure of Dec 2016. Also the barrel also is 2000 JPY without tax. The price here maybe 10-20% discount at the store
NOV 06, 2016 - 02:53 AM
Shipping model kit sized items to the US is expensive, buddy... Tamiya need to add another third onto the orice of each to cover the former's costs.
NOV 06, 2016 - 05:07 AM
Shipping model kit sized items to the US is expensive, buddy... Tamiya need to add another third onto the orice of each to cover the former's costs.[/quote] Not really. Shipping to the US is generally pretty cheap. The issue is if you buy it in a US Hobby Shop, the importer and distributor add their markups as well. The price in US Hobby shops is ridiculous. That is why I buy pretty much all my models from Asian suppliers on-line and only buy supplies (glue, paint, sheet plastic, etc.) from actual hobby shops.
NOV 06, 2016 - 05:19 AM
Shipping model kit sized items to the US is expensive, buddy... Tamiya need to add another third onto the orice of each to cover the former's costs.[/quote] Not really. Shipping to the US is generally pretty cheap. The issue is if you buy it in a US Hobby Shop, the importer and distributor add their markups as well. The price in US Hobby shops is ridiculous. That is why I buy pretty much all my models from Asian suppliers on-line and only buy supplies (glue, paint, sheet plastic, etc.) from actual hobby shops.[/quote] I obviously stand corrected.
NOV 06, 2016 - 05:36 AM
Very interesting kit of the Korean war era, which is under-represented, and for what looks to be around $61 bucks I'll likely get this kit. I have the Tamiya Churchill Croc on deck and I could practice my OD paint modulation on both these kits. The only other Korean era model I have is the Tamiya Centurion in 1/25th. One of my favorite models of all time (dated and all). I recently paid $109 for my Vosper MTB 74 and had to pay an additional $20 for the figures. So I always appreciate when figures are included in a kit. And 8 to boot with this one. Thanks for this good look Jim.
NOV 14, 2016 - 10:08 AM
Just finished listing on UK Ebay from between UKP£54 (direct from Japan) to £74 (USD$67 to $92) ...... .... .... They Didn't sell....
NOV 15, 2016 - 12:37 AM
Some more informations for detailing both the AFV and the Tamiya kit are here: http://www.network54.com/Forum/47208/thread/1479834201/last-1480066110/View+Thread http://www.panzer-modell.de/berichte/m40/m40.php
NOV 27, 2016 - 09:20 AM
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