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    What can you guys tell me about Trumpeter Models? Ive know about these guys for years, but ive never bought any of their stuff.

    Im looking at picking up a VK3001 or "Sturer Emil" AFV by them and was wondering about the quality of their kits.

    Hows the typical fit for the pieces? Are they muti-media or are they usually just one parts type? Is there alot of parts/flash clean up that needs to be done? Are the decals high quality in their printing/removal from the paper? Are they milky/filmy once dried in place? Do they usually come with extras? Anything else you could add that would make or break me buying one of their kits?

    Thanks for your help guys.
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    Their KV's should be the best on the market. I've got two Trumpeter kits, one KV-1 n' one Strv 103C n' the sprues look top class to me allthough I've not build 'em yet n' won't do the Strv 103C (to modern for me n' gonna sell it some day). Haven't heard anything bad 'bout the decals. I've seen the Sturer Emil n' it's a good kit. I do recomend you to get the friulmodel tracks to it though as it's rubberband tracks in the kit.

    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10044572
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    • #3
      Sorry i'm no help here, as i've never built one of their kits. But i think both
      Duncan & Geek have?
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      • #4
        I have just built a trumpeter USS Franklin, I was not particularly impressed. Lots of flash and not a great fit.
        However, others have said good things about their AFVs.
        Wolster

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        • #5
          I have a few of their figures kits and they look just as good as their competition. Haven't built one yet though.
          If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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          • #6
            I have a few but haven't built them yet. They look pretty good in the box.

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            • #7
              The quality of Trumpeter is not consistent like Tamiya's. Some of Trumpeter's earlier armor models are from old molds acquired from another company. Apparently those molds were so poor the original owner didn't want them anymore. Some of the kits are outstanding, Tamiya quality. To avoid wasting your money you should go to dedicated forums like www.finescale.com and ask about specific kits.

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              • #8
                Here is a link to a nicely done finished kit posted up over at finescale -

                http://cs.finescale.com/forums/856014/ShowPost.aspx

                I however didnt realize the kit was 1:72, i thought it was 1:35. I will have to think about this as i dont like 1:72 scale at all. At least as far as armor is concerned. Anyone know of any 1:35 VK3001's out there?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by KGPanzerschrecK View Post
                  i dont like 1:72 scale at all. At least as far as armor is concerned.
                  Where's that 'report bad post' button?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Duncan View Post
                    Where's that 'report bad post' button?
                    You'd understand if you would get a good look at my hands. Wide bear-like paws with very short stubby fingers. Not a good combination with 1:72nd scale parts. Heck, i have a nasty time with alot of 1:35 scale stuff. I miss the 1:24 days.
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                    • #11
                      The Sturer Emil that I linked to is in 1:35 at least. There you can see pics of the contents of the box n' even better the instructions!

                      http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10044572

                      And here's Terry Ashley's review of the same kit at PMMS!
                      http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.co...er/tr00350.htm
                      The safest place in Korea was behind a platoon of Marines. Lord how they could fight! - MGEN Frank Lowe, U.S. Army.
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                      We got a kinder, gentler, Machine gun hand - N.Y.

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                      • #12
                        At the current Yen conversion, thats about $9. and some change...wonder what the shipping cost is...still a good price for a great looking kit
                        The free world knows, out of the bitter wisdom of experience, that vigilance and sacrifice are the price of liberty.
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                        April 16, 1953

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                        • #13
                          Ah yes, i looked at it earlier today, i didnt pay any mind to the scale..... I assumed when i saw the thread at Finescale that it was only in 1:72. I guess they do it in both. Thats good news for me.

                          Ive always wanted to do a VK3001 but figured no one would do it because only 3{?} were made. Im glad someone made one.
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                          NorbertSnyderJr.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KGPanzerschrecK View Post
                            What can you guys tell me about Trumpeter Models? Ive know about these guys for years, but ive never bought any of their stuff.

                            Im looking at picking up a VK3001 or "Sturer Emil" AFV by them and was wondering about the quality of their kits.

                            Hows the typical fit for the pieces? Are they muti-media or are they usually just one parts type? Is there alot of parts/flash clean up that needs to be done? Are the decals high quality in their printing/removal from the paper? Are they milky/filmy once dried in place? Do they usually come with extras? Anything else you could add that would make or break me buying one of their kits?

                            Thanks for your help guys.


                            Kent, built that same kit myself about two years ago and I was very happy with it. Especially with all the interior detail. That Leopold my daughter bought me was also Trumpeter and although I have yet to clip a part off a tree, I did examine it all closely and saw no flash what so ever and some very detailed parts.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by McCoy View Post
                              And here's Terry Ashley's review of the same kit at PMMS!
                              http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.co...er/tr00350.htm
                              Thanks a million for the link to this review. This is the final nail in the coffin, im getting it. And because of the review it looks like ill be ordering a few Photo Etched detail sets. Definately the Armorscale Barrel and the Aber ammunition set. Whoo Hoo, i cant wait!
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