My philosophy about building models
is that it should be fun, although through the years a little bit
of AMS has set in (advanced modeler syndrome). I do like to embellish
a bit, but only if it is a real improvement to a kit. I am not a
rivet counter, nor do I worry too much about a millimeter or two
that a kit may be off. If I go to a contest, I usually enter something
but I don't go expecting to win. Mostly, it is for the give and
take with other modelers and, of course, the vendor's room and the
seminars. If I ding a trophy, great, but I am not a trophy hound.
Enough about me. Isn't this a great
time to be modeling? All the great kits we have been seeing come
out. Who would have believed a Maus or a Luchs etc. a few years
back? As for what is on the horizon. Well here is what your armor
editor has seen listings for or heard rumors of.
Tamiya has announced kit no. 35234,
a M-20 version of the earlier M-8 Greyhound kit for release in March.
They also announce kit no. 35235 which will be another version of
the Steyr command car. This one looks the same as the first one
from the windshield forward, but it has a curved windshield and
a smaller passenger compartment that is more rounded. Just out is
kit no. 35232, which is the British Centaur close support Mark IV
cruiser tank MkVIII A27L. Also, I am sure that most of you have
seen the kit no. 35230 appear at your shops of the U.S. 40 ton tank
transporter Dragon Wagon.
For you guys that may like to go
brum, brum, brum, around the floor with a tank, there is the 1/16
R.C. M4 Sherman with 105mm howitzer out in limited release.
DML announced another ex-Esci 1/9th
scale kit: the kettenkrad with gebirgsjager figure. In 1/35th there
will be a Sd.Kfz. 250/9, 250/1, 250/3, and a 250/11 with panzerbuche.
Looks like they are going to try to get a lot of mileage out of
the 250 molds! A kettenkrad, 5cm Pak 38, and a kubelwagen ambulance
are also announced for this year. My poor wallet!
Ironside 1/35th announces a Marder
I Pak 40 (on a French tractor chassis).
I will close for now by saying welcome
aboard, hope you like the armor section, and if you have any comments
or suggestions let me have them. This is your magazine and I will
try to respond, time permitting.