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John Van Kooten
After seeing Luis Martinez's album of his FAT (here: British Quad Gun Tractor | Album by militiajeep (1:35) I was reminded of how great that Tamiya kit still is :)

I have had this kit on my wishlist for ages, seeing how it is still the only Ford version of this vehicle type available at this time. I am just (still) wondering about one thing, and it stopped me from buying it. Maybe someone knows?

There was word that this kit was more like 1/32 instead of 1/35. In itself that isn't a problem of course. The kit is still great no matter what! But I want to use it with other kits in a diorama (at the very least, the Bronco 25 Pdr. gun and some non-Tamiya figures). That means that if the Tamiya kit is indeed 1/32 it would definitely look out of scale compared to the gun and figures? Right?

So, I have been searching the internet and going through reviews but there is no mention of the scale other than things like "I heard someone say", "I have read somewhere" and "is possibly 1/32". So no definitive answer, which is what I'm looking for :)

So if anyone has the definitive answer on "Is the Tamiya FAT 1/32 instead of 1/35" I would love to hear it
1:35 Quad Gun Tractor (Tamiya MM145)
Quad Gun Tractor British Commonwealth Forces Quad Gun Tractor Canadian Ford F.G.T.
Tamiya 1:35
MM145 (45)
1974 | New tool
27. September 2015, 06:21 Share
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M.Julian Marles Yeah I really like em! ;)
3. October 2015, 18:45
Rui S I like Italeri, hehehe.
Sorry guys, couldn't resist this interesting thread I've been folowing...
3. October 2015, 21:49
John Van Kooten Thanks Rui

Italeri is very likable. Both for the occasional builder and seasoned veterans. They provide great value for money. And even though they are sometimes (not always!) lacking in detail and accuracy, they make up for that in price and ease of building. They can be nice weekend builds straight OOB and/or you can detail them using the many PE / resin sets available for them and turn them into real works of art. And even if you completely destroy one, it's not a big deal either. They are usually so cheap that you can simply go out, buy another one and retry :)

The same is true for a lot of Tamiya kits. Although on average, Tamiya kits are more refined. Even the really old ones and even compared to some of the current, new tool kits.
4. October 2015, 06:14
Rui S I agree John, but Tamiya usually are a bit more expensive and the very old ones also lack a lot of detail and sometimes more them Italeri ones.
I do prefer the tamiya plastic, because Italeri one is much softer so sometimes it bends and get bit more difficult to work with strong glues, sanding or fitting.
4. October 2015, 12:27
M.Julian Marles I like them the seventies it was certainly true that "Italaeri" almost became the top manufacturer! Curiously enough they were able to dive right into the market because all of their original kits were by Peerles/Max and Heller! Even the Panzer IV which was rarely seen in a Peerless box because that's exactly the time they folded. The Italeri Kubelwagen, Jeep and Semovente are actually more refined than the old Tamiya ones..and even the old RSO is actually more true to scale then Dragon who botched the cab size and even put M113A2 seats in it because they fudged a museum example :P I love the old 70s kits actually..even OOB or DOOB. The Italeri Crusader, RSO, 15CWT, Panzer IV, etc are great! And as for Tamiya who can't like the M3A1 halftrack, the 250/3, the Bundeswehr Marder, the Challenger, Chieftain, 30 CWT, etc! ;)
4. October 2015, 17:41
M.Julian Marles @ John - I should mention only the Italeri gun tractor comes with vinyl tires...the 15CWT proper comes with plastic ones. For what it's worth my original Tomy ones from 1977 are still holding up ha ha! :)
4. October 2015, 17:43
Craig Chapman My father was a mechanic during ww2. In the British counter mortar division in Africa and worked and drove all of the other equipment .
19. September 2019, 12:14
Rui S @ M. Julian Marlene, I'm glad you mention the italeri Rso, because ages ago back in the other century I use to thought that it was a what if model, and it ended being my first italeri kit built.
So I rermember that back in the seventies early eighties here i hould ONLY find tamiiya and italeri 1\35 scale kits. Airfix whith its 1/32 250 Greif also. Nothing else, (maybe also esci), and italeri had what you couldn't find in the more comum tamiiya like the elephant or the Opel Blitz just to mention the Ones i have built. So I respect highly those Manufactures and also esci... For me they Start and still contribut for my 1/35 hobby ;).
P.S. by the way i have this kit and i like it a lot,
19. September 2019, 21:16


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