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Discussion in 'Modelling' started by Martin Bull, Jun 24, 2002.

  1. Martin Bull

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    OK, I know it's 'instant modelling' - just take it out of the box ! Anyone else bought a Minichamps 1/35 tank ?
    I could only afford one - a Panther V Ausf G - and it looks really nice on the desk.
    Big advantage - it doesn't break into a thousand pieces when someone does the dusting ! Anyhow, I think a good effort and new direction for a company who've been making model racing cars for 15 years . Hope they do a King Tiger . . . .
     
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    Martin, what is the quality of the minichamps piece? Although I usuallty make my own models, I like buying the odd pre-made model.

    I'd also like to point out Dragons new remote controlled 1/72nd scale tiger tanks. They look nice, and I'm probably going to get one when they hit stores.
    Here is their website:
    http://www.dragonmodelsltd.com/catalog/micro/micro-01.htm
     
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    Thanks for the reply, Otto.

    I'm looking at the Minichamps Panther right now.
    I must say it looks 'right' to me - but I know some modellers are absolute detail fanatics. Detailing is excellent, all exterior tools, spare tracklinks, towing cables in place. There's a well-detailed MG34 on the cupola ring, and to me the clinching detail is the characteristic 'rough' join of the armour plate turret front/sides. Also the suspension works correctly. Minichamps have become a byword for detail with their racing cars and now they are trying to do the same in diecast armour.
    Oh I nearly forgot, the tank weighs about two pounds !

    I'd recommend it - I'm just a bit nervous that the 'experten' may disagree . . .

    ( Thanks for the Dragon info - I'm thinking of checking out their large-scale figures )
     
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    Thanks for the brief review, You have prompted me to make efforts to check into the tanks a little more closely. I'm sure they look great.
     
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    To put it another way :
    If I had the display space and the money I'd be very tempted to buy them all ... but at sixty quid a time .. :(
    I must say that I DO hanker after the Tiger I.
     
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    That's it, I'm going to track down the minichamps website right now. :D
     
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    Another Jurassic-era thread emerges....;)

    Minichamps AFVs have become something of a cult due to the very low production numbers. It's taken me a long time to get this one - the SdKfz 251/1.....

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    Obviously, nowhere near as good as a well-made kit, but I'm lazy - and I do like the 'feel' of diecast metal......
     
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    Martin, what scale is it in? Is it 1/72nd, or 1/35th? H.O?
     
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    Sorry Carl - I should have said...it's 1/35 ,ready-made and mainly diecast metal.

    I must say that it makes a rather :cool: display piece.....
     
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    what a gorgoeus looking piece of track but at around US $120.00 each ......................ouch ! oh heck I bought the 364th fg book 2 months ago for around $100.00 US so what's money anyway ?? :D I wonder if the firm makes a Stug III ~ hiding somewhere in their lineup
     
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    No StuG III I'm afraid :( - releases are few and far between and vanish from the shelves quickly. A King Tiger is rumoured for 2008......
     
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    Here a pic of a Minichamps first Panther [​IMG]
     
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    If I win the lottery I know what I'm doing with the money...
     
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    I saw these for the first time at a knife/gun show a couple of weeks ago. Really nice ! He had Pz IV, Panther, Tiger I, and a couple others I think. 10 bucks a pop. The ones I saw were no more than 3 inches long, but really nice.
    I opted for books instead, but was severely tempted.
    Dropped too much money the way it was.
    The detail is excellent, and I'd like 10 of each. So much for wishes.
     
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    The ones you saw were most likely the 1/72 scale Dragon tanks, skunk works. They are very nice, and I have quite a few.

    But the Minichamps are in a different league : scale is 1/35 which makes them average about 8 inches in length and nearly 2lbs in weight....and you will never find one for 10 dollars :(
     
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    My head (at that time) was processing much "Eye-Candy". I didn't even see if those Dragon things were metal or plastic. I was enamored with the detail and imagining myself with a board full of them, pushing them forward with a stick as reports came in (like in the movie BotB).
    Strange how the mind drifts.
    I had 4 of them in my hand until I (took a necessary time-out and) let the feeling go away, put them down and scored some nice books instead.
    The plastic 1/35th scale are pricey enough with individual track links, accessories, paint. I doubt I'll start over with metal (though they are nice...to the extreme).
    I've invested too much in time/effort/money the plastic direction as it is.
     
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    Latest addition to my collection - the NW Europe M4A3 Sherman.

    It's a big, lovely chunk of metal.....:cool:

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    ...and just to prove that you don't need a bottomless bank-balance, diligent searching on e-bay got me this one for £17 ( about $35.... :))
     
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    Good buy at £17.00 ;)
    The minichamps Sherman seem to be the lest popular going by there price they fetch on ebay
     
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