Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 12:51 AM UTC
Tasca, on their website, are showing the first images of what could be a significant change in direction...
Ta 24-001 - Panzer II, Ausf. F. (1:24th scale)

Some details have already been published by the company:

The individual track links connected by metal pin give a it realistic look and feel along with ease of assembly.

The clamps used for the OVM (On vehicle material) in 1/35, the accurate representation we found lacking and only possible by using a larger scale.

The leaf spring suspension has been faithfully reproduced with each spring requiring 6 parts.

Adjusting the tension of the track is possible by turning the idler wheel.

The fender`s peculiar brace pattern surface texture has been accurately reproduced as on the real vehicle.

Accurately reproduced rear section includes separate open outlet grille, deflector and air release pipe.

Separate top and bottom parts for the armored drivers visor shutter giving the option to set the height of the aperture.

Transparent parts for the turret periscope and the light lens. Separate part for signal port on the Commanders hatch reproduced to show it either open or closed.

Photo Etching parts for clamps, the air release pipe cover and the tool box.

Model Kit does not include figure. Commander figure scheduled as separate future release
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Some of the on-line retailers are already carrying advance notification of this interesting development with a price of around $80 being quoted.

My thanks to Dave for the heads-up on this one!
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Wow, now there's a vivid picture. While it's not quite what I had envisioned when I mentioned diorama materials, that would certainly get peoples attention. As far as 1/24 scale military figures to go along with something like Tasca's latest release at present there isn't much to choose from. That's why I've developed so many 1/24 scale accessories: weapons, grenades, helmets, canteens etc. etc. My intention has been to offer a whole lot of figure sets and so I've developed a set of cast, almost fully articulating 1/24 scale mannequins that should speed the process of bringing figures to market. So hopefully in the near future we will see more figures becoming available and possibly other companies joining in and offering more in this scale. With this latest release from Tasca they may well have helped themselves by boosting a small but growing area of the market. And thats no joke. Jim Large Scale Armory
SEP 25, 2009 - 07:26 PM
Lets buy on e bay 1-24 KT w/Porsche turret.I can promise You resin henschel turret when finish some my projects. Jim and others,by the way Vs who produce 1-24 RC tanks give us support soon.They will have in offer 1-24 figures and buildings soon.I have seen some picsof them,and could be.
SEP 25, 2009 - 07:38 PM
Why not go 1/24?? I'm really glad to see more in this scale. Someone on another site said something similar. BUt you know, there are other 1/25 kits that are (or have been) on the market including the very nice Tamiya 1/25 Tiger I (I believe this was reissued recently? ...if not, it's always available on ebay!). The T34/85 and Su-100 also from Tamiya (resissued by ToyStar(?)). Academy has the Panther D, Panther A, and a Jagdpanther. Plus there are 2 Kubelwagens (ETO & Afrika Korps version) and a Jeep from Hasegawa, AND a jeep from Italeri. I hope this opens it up 'casue I would like to see MORE in 1/24, 1/25. ...like Motorcycles (with and without sidecars) Anti-tank guns (Pak-37, Pak-47, etc) ...and how'bout some American Tanks like a Sherman?
SEP 26, 2009 - 11:52 AM
Very nice I will buy 2 kits. I hope to see more model kits like the Pz.I Ausf.A and Ausf.B the Pz.II Ausf.C and Ausf.L and the Pz.35(t) and Pz.38(t) Ausf.G Also, I hope ALPINE release some resin figures to go with this kit like there #35074 figure set JosÚ CÚsar
SEP 27, 2009 - 03:14 AM
I couldn't agree more. It would be great to see some really top notch companies like Alpine explore some figures and details in this scale. This larger scale certainly offers a real potential for detail that I hope other companies might take advantage of. Also, I'm not really up on the construction of German armor but it seems to me that this kit may well offer the potential for quite a few variants and conversions. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few AM conversions spring up following the introduction of this kit as all the really hard stuff is likely to have been done already. Seems as though Tasca's selection of this vehicle in this scale is looking to be a smarter move all the time.... Jim Large Scale Armory
SEP 27, 2009 - 09:07 AM
http://www.hlj.com/product/TAC24001 Here's HLJ's listing of the kit. Not that expensive relatively. They state that more 1/24 is to come.
SEP 27, 2009 - 06:44 PM
While they're at it hey may as well go all the way and add an interior !I think that this change of direction will do the hobby no harm,after all we have aircraft in 1/72,1/48,1/32 and 1/24....now if only Dragogawamiya would make a 190 in 1/16 ! 1/24 is a good compromise,especially if the tank is not bigger than a Panzer III! My 0.02 Manu
SEP 28, 2009 - 06:56 AM
I consider this a plus for the industry...Many modellers build 1/72,1/48,1/35 and 1/32 scale armor and aircraft. Why not 1/24th scale?. I have all different scales on my shelves. I build what appeals to me...not confined to any scale. I applaud this move by Tasca. Jeff
OCT 20, 2009 - 02:41 PM
Hi Jeff, I agree that this really is a plus for the industry. Fate often smiles on those willing to take risks as Tasca has done. Besides, they can't turn back now---I'm too far into making a commander figure to go with this release! Jim Large Scale Armory
OCT 21, 2009 - 08:07 AM
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