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Old 01-09-2015, 07:54 PM   #1
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Default Aoshima 1/48 TB4 at HLJ

Hi everyone,

The new Aoshima 1/48 TB4 kit is now available for pre - order at HLJ.com ... slated for release in December '15

No new images unfortunately so it still looks a little chunky but hopefully we'll get to see some shots of the production version soon.

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Old 06-09-2015, 11:53 PM   #2
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Hope that's going to be very soon.
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Old 25-09-2015, 08:28 PM   #3
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I have just seen a pic of the assembled sample of the new Aoshima Thunderbird 4 model kit just now on Hobby Search and I am happy
to say,it doesn't look too shabby!
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Old 26-09-2015, 11:57 AM   #4
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There are now some more pics available on the HLJ website in a report about the all Japan model show ... http://www.hobbylink.tv/the-latest-s...obby-show-2015

Scroll through to pics 64 -68 of 90 ... includes a couple of pics of the model completed & painted & a nice shot of the parts breakdown.

All in all, I like it (pre-order already placed) although, I still think that the height of the cockpit window is a bit too small relative to the height of the sidewall of TB4, giving it that chunky look. The overall quality is so high though, that I'm inclined to believe that it's probably down to the particular miniature that they've chosen to recreate
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Old 26-09-2015, 12:55 PM   #5
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It's a curiosity. It actually follows the contour of the old IMAI artwork more than the actual model from the show.
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Old 26-09-2015, 05:26 PM   #6
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I stand corrected,this kit doesn't look too shabby!!I was the
guy who reported about it first!
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Old 26-09-2015, 11:38 PM   #7
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I like the fact they've provided alternate arms and torpedos
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:52 AM   #8
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How big would a 1/48 Thunderbird 2 be out of interest?
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:07 AM   #9
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250 foot divided by 48 = 62.5 inches = 5 foot 2.5 inches
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Many thanks for that.Thats perfectly doable.Bring it Aoshima!!
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Old 26-12-2015, 12:38 AM   #11
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I've just had an email from HLJ asking for payment for the kit I had on pre-order... excitement and anticipation have begin!
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Old 28-12-2015, 02:03 AM   #12
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Please post a review Boldman, I have my eyes on this also bro.
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:35 PM   #13
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Mine has just been posted from Japan so should get it soon.

From what I can see it looks very nice, even has the proper shape of canopy for once. You can build it like a toy with wheels or use an alternate bottom plate which has a place for a stand to mount it on its undersea base diorama (included)

I'll be building mine without any of the gimmicks, same as my Mole and Recovery Vehicle models... which I really must get on with one day
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Old 15-01-2016, 06:27 PM   #14
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This was waiting for me when I got home this evening





I reckon the Gordon figure is underscale - looks more 1:72 than 1:48



Will be building it without the motor of course, although I will possible nick it for use in another Mole model

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Old 16-01-2016, 06:21 AM   #15
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Nice box art and the whole thing's very old Imai [ but hopefully much better ]. Let's hope the kit looks the business when finished.
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Old 19-01-2016, 10:56 PM   #16
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Here is a size comparison with the Imai kit





Its a nice size, although I still think Gordon is a bit undersize
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Old 23-01-2016, 10:39 AM   #17
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The two side thrusters don't join the hull at a hard angle on the large studio model, the join is slightly rounded. Also, I'm not a fan of cast-in panel lines. Picky? Yes but I can't help it!
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Old 23-01-2016, 12:02 PM   #18
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If you really want to be picky, the studio model doesn't have a door inset into the port side either



The panel lines aren't as bad as some of the kits, eg the Imai ones which tend towards panel trenches rather than lines!

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Old 24-01-2016, 03:06 AM   #19
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Thanks for the images. I am a bit disapointed its not much larger than the old Imai version. I could fill the awful panel lines but is it even worth the effort ?
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Let's have a close up from the side etc to see what the panel lines are like.
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