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Trumpeter or Tamiya 1:35 challenger tank
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: June 01, 2013
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Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - 09:26 AM UTC
I would like to find out if anybody out there has built a 1:35 challenger mk2
made by trumpeter or is the tamiya version better?

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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: October 16, 2006
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Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - 09:39 AM UTC
That Tamiya one goes together very nicely. It does lack the anti-slip, though. As for Trumpeter, their one with bar-armour isn't too bad. As for the rest, I'd recommend Tamiya over them.
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England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: March 27, 2007
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Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - 09:41 AM UTC
The tamiya kit is regarded as most accurate, but i've seen some cracking builds of the trumpy versions. Given the choice i'd go with Tamiya.


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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: June 20, 2008
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Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - 09:45 PM UTC
Having just finished arm-wrestling the Airfix re-pop of the old Trumpy kit, I wouldn't touch it again - even with somebody else's barge-pole! Bad fit and poor engineering, some missing details, and of course that gaping hole in the "canvas" mantlet just to let the toy gun elevate...

Unless the newer Trumpy kit is a completely different beast, I'd go for the Tamiya one instead. At least it'll go together without clamps and filler!

But then again, your mileage may vary...
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Niedersachsen, Germany
Joined: December 02, 2006
KitMaker: 147 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - 10:20 PM UTC

I would suggest the latest Trumpter Kit because it is in my view the better base.

Furthermore the most old errors were corrected.

The Tamiya Kit has more nicer small details but the problem that the lower hull is not accurate (toy suspension, too flat and wrong angles of the lower`s hull bottom)

Finally the bar armour is too thin and the frame for it is only toy like adumbrate.

Best wishes.
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South Carolina, United States
Joined: January 23, 2008
KitMaker: 1,240 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - 11:25 PM UTC
In 1/35th scale they both have their uses and finer points.

As stated, the Trumpeter with Bar armor is a much better kit than the earlier rendition and of course, Tamiya has not issued one with the 'gates'. A set of aftermarket late style Challenger 2 wheels or even well worn ones (same company) will enhance the look of either.

A kit bash of the pair will produce a very exceptable model.

Tamiya should look at updating the Chally 2. kit and bring it into line with the latest version of the M1A2 Abrams, that way we would no longer require the Cromwell models upgrade kit!