Friday, January 16, 2015 - 08:52 PM UTC
Some news out of Trumpeter is the acquisition of the Tristar molds with plans for releases in the future.
Trumpeter has announced they have acquired the molds from Tristar. It is stated that the kits will be released in the near future under the Trumpeter name. We at Armorama will keep an eye on announcements from Trumpeter for these releases and keep you informed.
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Tristar figures are excellent.......hope Trumpeter re-releases all the kits. Maybe Trumpeter could get a hold of Warriors molds too😜
JAN 18, 2015 - 04:28 PM
Now, now. I'm not going to jump in about Tristar kits as I have no experience, but I have seen a number of build logs, gallery entries, and reviews where the author mentioned poor fit, but the photos showed unremoved sprue nubs and edge flash as well as massive applications of putty and filler. I have to wonder in those cases if spending a little time on cleaning up the parts properly and test-fitting wouldn't have magically cured the kit's "poor engineering". That's also why reviews and articles that show how a kit is built are much more valuable for making buying decisions than ones that spend 75% of the text describing painting and weathering. KL[/quote] Agree to 100% The painting and weathering is the authors skills and not a property of the kit so if/when I buy the same kit it is my painting skills (or lack of skills) that come into play. Poor or good fit is something that comes in the box .... / Robin
JAN 18, 2015 - 04:38 PM
Yes and no. Most Tristar kits have a 4 pice lower hull, which can cuase problems. But they might fit fine if you take the time, if youīre rushing through you might end up with a problem later on. Shure, that couldnīt happen with a single pice hull, but if you donīt have the patience and "fail" on this critical step, none of the rest wil be fun for you... But back to the topic: Finally someone can again take upon Drgaon in itīs home terretory, will bee interresting what we will see in the futrure. Last time there was competition in the market we got some great kits from both sides.
JAN 18, 2015 - 05:07 PM
Not so much 'modeling capability', but care and attention. And as Kurt says - careful cleanup of parts is also neccessary. A small molding nub left here or there will cause 'poor fit'. Therefore - "This model should be avoided because of poor fit!".
JAN 18, 2015 - 09:18 PM
/quote] Yes and no. Most Tristar kits have a 4 pice lower hull, which can cuase problems. [/quote] The designer did it on purpose. If the plastic is in low quality, the hull will become _/ shape instead of I_I . That will cause you more trouble.
JAN 18, 2015 - 09:31 PM
I remember building Tristar's Sturmpanzer IV (Early) Sd.Kfz.166 and it came with a one piece hull tub and superstructure.
JAN 18, 2015 - 09:36 PM
I believe the Sturmpanzer was one of their last kits. I seem to recall Tristar had quite a few Panzer 38(t) kits.
JAN 18, 2015 - 11:12 PM
Good news. Tristar made some really great kits. As already pointed out the figure sets aresome of the best styrene figures out there. I have only build two of the Tristar kits: Brummbar and Pz. I, both kits were excellent and come together without any problems. They are more complitcated than standard Trumpeter and DML kits, but nothing that should cause the standard model builder any real issues.
JAN 19, 2015 - 04:22 PM
Good for Trumpeter and for us...Trumpeter now has some very nice figures to release instead of the , pardon me for saying, junk that they were releasing. I've built most of the Tristar figure sets and they are fantastic. I have some unbuilt 38(t)s, PzKpfw.IVs and Panzer Is that I am very much looking forward to building. Tristar also released a 1/35 Fieseler Storch that was supposed to be very well engineered. as far as the figures go...they are some of the best injection molded kits I have ever built. Good news for all. Jeff
JAN 21, 2015 - 07:03 PM

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