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Old 15-05-2015, 06:52 AM   #1
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Default New Aoshima TB4 kit for 2015

Seen at the Shizuoka hobby show, Aoshima are bringing out a new larger TB4 kit.
https://www.facebook.com/amiamijapan...02342886448290

1/48 scale with working lights and (tiny) wheels according to the HLJ video of the show.

Here's their latest kit of the Recovery vehicle too:
https://www.facebook.com/amiamijapan...02342783114967

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Old 15-05-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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Fantastic!
TB-4 gets so little love- it was not a big star but one of the most 'practical' designs in the series. I have a styrene kit of it but the proportions are so far off I keep setting it aside. Aoshima does an excellent job with accuracy and detail- the small wheels might have actually been on the original model since we saw it moving over solid surfaces at times. The options for the forward tubes also looks good, glad they remembered to include the grabbing claws.
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Old 16-05-2015, 04:23 PM   #3
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Apparently you guys had already found that out.You really don't waste
any time finding these things out do you.
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Old 17-05-2015, 11:46 AM   #4
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I saw the title of this thread and got excited. I love the Aoshima 'Thunderbird 3'. The still is pretty disappointing I must say. Oveerall It feels overly 'square'. the real thing has lots of subtle curves. Biggest problem is that the canopy looks way too small, and the 'bonnet' area forward of that looks too long. The engine exhausts are too long and thin (although some models do look like this) and this could be rectified easily.
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Fantastic!
TB-4 gets so little love- it was not a big star but one of the most 'practical' designs in the series. I have a styrene kit of it but the proportions are so far off I keep setting it aside. Aoshima does an excellent job with accuracy and detail- the small wheels might have actually been on the original model since we saw it moving over solid surfaces at times. The options for the forward tubes also looks good, glad they remembered to include the grabbing claws.
Depends what you mean what a big star is,beauty is only in the eyes of
the beholder.
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Old 17-05-2015, 07:29 PM   #6
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Yea, I'm with matteline's observations. It's closer to the old 1960's Imai kit proportions than the more pleasing miniatures used throughout the series. That's a real shame, since their last few releases have been wonderful. Fireflash, TB3, the Recovery Vehicle have all been beautifully contoured... I wonder what happened? Colour me disappointed...

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Old 17-05-2015, 08:21 PM   #7
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Apparently the signage says "Under Development", so this may not be indicative of the final product.
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Old 17-05-2015, 08:46 PM   #8
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Let's hope.
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I am going to make her into a decent model of her when I get one of
my own.
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I saw the title of this thread and got excited. I love the Aoshima 'Thunderbird 3'. The still is pretty disappointing I must say. Oveerall It feels overly 'square'. the real thing has lots of subtle curves. Biggest problem is that the canopy looks way too small, and the 'bonnet' area forward of that looks too long. The engine exhausts are too long and thin (although some models do look like this) and this could be rectified easily.
Why you don't write or send a letter to Aoshima about it and tell them
why you are disappointed with the way they had made the recent T Bird
kits not as accurate as you want them?
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Old 19-05-2015, 06:30 PM   #11
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Depends what you mean what a big star is,beauty is only in the eyes of
the beholder.
During the series TB-1 & TB-2 got the lion's share of screen time- TB-5 was in most as it relayed the info down and the other craft had to wait until there was a mission fitting their unique environmental designs. TB-4 had a a good number of missions but sadly for me TB-3 (my favorite) only got a couple, mostly because Gerry Anderson found it boring.

What we are seeing is a prototype, hopefully an early one. Shapes can be tweaked and tuned before it gets real. Even with the flaws pointed out, it is still way better than the large kit I have at home- not sure who made it right now but it is an older kit and not very accurate.
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But Aoshima's photos of the Recovery Vehicle prototype illustrated that the builder nailed the contour and proportions right from the start... Same with their TB3 kit. Thunderbird 4 isn't any more challenging a shape to get right. I have my fingers crossed that they'll be doing some major reshaping and tweaking before it goes into production.
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Old 19-05-2015, 10:16 PM   #13
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The best TB4 I have come across is the Taito Game Prize TB4, still sometimes available on ebay.

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But Aoshima's photos of the Recovery Vehicle prototype illustrated that the builder nailed the contour and proportions right from the start... Same with their TB3 kit. Thunderbird 4 isn't any more challenging a shape to get right. I have my fingers crossed that they'll be doing some major reshaping and tweaking before it goes into production.
And TB-3 is one almost nobody gets right!
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