Ron Garcia So after finishing Tamiya's ancient Chieftain, I started working on Takom's new version. I'd have to say, I enjoyed building Tamiya's better. I was done in a weekend (with the build portion) vs two weeks for Takom's. It wasn't super complicated but had several fiddly assemblies that took hours to get done. A lot of the subassemblies had no positive attachment points so I had to play around with them to get them straight. Connecting the front plate that sticks up from the front hull to two PE connectors that wrap around the light guards took a considerable amount of time. The gun barrel slopes slightly downward because of the vinyl mantlet cover (which is pretty much buried in the turret). This was my first Takom kit and I don't know if this is usual for them but the sprue gates were HUGE! Sometimes I wondered if I was removing a portion of the part as I removed the excess plastic. No color callouts during construction was also a major disappointment. I wish they listed paints other than Mig paints but maybe they have some kind of exclusive deal with each other. Having said all that, the kit is clearly superior to Tamiya's and looks nice after completed. My enthusiasm for a kit starts to dwindle the longer it takes to finish so I'd have to give this one a slight recommend because of issues outlined above.
8. February 2017, 02:29
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