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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Tamiya is often overlooked when it comes to models these days as it seems to be a spent force. With everyone having their new favourite manufacturer, and Tamiya not really competing against the new boys in town, a lot of their products fail to be seen. In this review I will be taking a look at a set that is of use to the diorama makers out there, the 1/35th scale livestock set.


This set consists of two white plastic sprues which are packed in a sealed clear polythene bag, and come in an end opening box with the construction and painting instructions printed on the rear of the box.

This set consists of five domesticated animals and one which I class as a game animal.
Included in the set are;
• 1 adult female pig.
• 3 piglets.
• 1 mule.
• 2 standing chickens.
• 2 nesting chickens.
• 3 chicks.
• 6 eggs
• 2 geese.
• 1 adult Alsatian.
• A puppy of unknown breed.
• 2 dead hares/rabbits.


The adult pig consists of 4 parts which are;
• 2 body halves
• 2 ears

The adult pig looks reasonable but the head in front of the eyes looks to be an odd angle to me. I do accept that there are a host of different breeds of pig and so I may just have missed this one. Proportions are acceptable with a scale height of 32 inches, which is a little short to my mind, however as I said I don’t know what breed this is. There is a very fine patina on the pigs body which will easily be lost if the paint is too heavy. Having scanned the box more closely the pig is identified as a Landrace sow, which the model does seem to depict. Some pictures are included of the real animal in order that you can decide for yourself.

The 3 piglets only consist of 2 body halves and are unfortunately all identical, they are however a good scale and have good detail considering their size. The piglets will look right when displayed with the sow as it has been depicted with swollen teats. The mouldings are free of flash, moulding seams, and ejector pin marks.

The mule consists of 5 parts which are;
• 2 body halves
• Its ears
• Its mane
• Its tail

The mule looks reasonable proportion wise, with a scale height of 60 inches to the top of the head. The depicted stance is of a relaxed animal and the stance looks to me to be realistic. The only negative is the complete lack of texture on the skin of the mule. The moulding is first rate as far as there is a complete lack of flash, moulding seams, and ejector pin marks.

Chickens and Geese:
The 2 standing chickens are cock birds which are moulded complete except for the 2 feet. The detail is good and texturing is fair considering the size, the proportions look right with the only downside being that both cocks are identical. It is worth mentioning here that some British units have a cockeral as their unit mascot.

The two sitting hens also are well detailed, again with reasonable detail imparted to the plastic, the flat bottom half of the hens will require some work to hide but is not impossible to achieve.
The chicks do not live up to expectations as they are to my mind way too big to be accurate as chicks and the wrong detail to be juvenile chickens. There is no texture rendered to the chicks and so I feel these are unusable if realism is your goal. The eggs included in this set are of a reasonable size if a little large, the shape is correct and will add that little touch that can make all the difference.

I really like the two geese as everything about them looks right from size, shape, detail, and scale. The only downside is again that they are both identical and so will not look good or natural together.

The Alsatian, consisting of two body halves, looks good but a little short, that is no great problem though as dogs can be of various sizes and there is nothing to say it is not a young dog. The texture imparted to the moulding is fair if a little light, but careful painting should result in a reasonable finish.
The pup is also well proportioned but is a little soft on detail, it will I believe help give a relaxed feel to a diorama if depicted on a soldiers lap or beside him being petted.

The two dead rabbits/hares should look good either hung or laying on a bench, another idea I had was to show them tied to opposite ends of some string and thrown over the great hunters shoulder. Scale wise these look good with a reasonable muscle tone depicted, they do however suffer from a complete lack of texture on the skin.


All aspects considered I will not hesitate to recommend this set to you all, as it has a host of uses to bring a diorama or vignette to life and adds a lot of eye catching possibilities. Animals and food items are often neglected in dioramas and vignettes, and if you think about soldiers at war when not performing a soldier’s duty they are usually eating, drinking, or sleeping. Yes this set has its problems but nothing that is insurmountable and it does go some way to addressing the lack of animal life rarely seen in a vignette or diorama.
Highs: A reasonable set of animals that are cheap to buy and add a lot of options for your diorama or vignette. The moulding are completely free of flash, ejector pin marks, and moulding seams.
Lows: More effort could have been put into depicting the animals in different stances by Tamiya, and the lack of texturing on some of the animals is a let down.
Verdict: This set is a welcome opportunity to add some animal life into your diorama or vignette, and I have no concerns about recommending it to anyone who can see the possibilities.
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35128
  Suggested Retail: £5.25
  PUBLISHED: Dec 11, 2010

About Darren Baker (CMOT)

I have been building model kits since the early 70’s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70’s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Hey Darren, nice review of an old but nice kit. As you mentioned, there seems to be a lack of animals in dio/vign, with the exception of pack animals. This kit is a good start but needs some work. The chicks can be sanded down smoth and add plastic wings, tail feather spread and leg/feet and you have a decient bird. Heating the neck of the goose will allow you to re-bend the neck to a different pose also, standing guard or in the water. The real problem is with the piglets, all the same pose so only one is useable at a time. As you mentioned, a good paint job will bring them out. I now try to add an animal to every dio/vin I do. The one I am currently working on has a frog, a water moccosin, river trout and a squirle. Hoping that someone releases a new set of birds soon. I think that most people don't realize just how many animals are around them everyday and have a tendicy to forget them when building or they aren't available. If interested, the critters I am using for the dio I'm doing now came from a company called Busch (www.busch-model.com) kit #1220, dandelions (lowenzahn).
DEC 11, 2010 - 07:20 AM
Good review Darren. I think you're wrong about Tamiya being a spent force though. Their rate of issuing new kits is not great but when they do they're on the money. Look at their Austin Tilly, The JS II, JSU 152 and BT -7.
DEC 11, 2010 - 08:35 AM
Bob I am actually toying with the idea of utilising one of the piglets as a pigroast, this will allow more than one in the same diorama and allow some brutal modifications to the pigs body. That is a very good suggestion about the geese and one I had not even considered thank you. Pat you are correct in what you have said. My comment was aimed at Tamiya having gone from the market leader in terms of content, it was not aimed so much at the quality of the products which in some respects is far bettter than most.
DEC 11, 2010 - 08:47 AM

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