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Tamiya's new M151 kits
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 11:28 AM UTC
Gino P. Quintiliani builds and takes a critical look at Tamiya''s new M151 kits and a comparison with Academy''s recent M151 kits.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
markchis
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 12:57 PM UTC
very detailed review and comparison ! answered all the questions in one topic really ! SO SO disappointing to see solid headlights on the "New" Tamiya kit

best
Mark
jakes357
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 02:55 PM UTC
Great article! Thank you for not referring to the 151 as a 'mutt'. I find this as incorrect as referring to a magazine as a 'clip'
A quick check of my -10 (operators manual) states 'truck utility 1/4ton 4x4' as the title

Jake
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 03:12 PM UTC
Thank you Gino for a very comprehensive comparison review!
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 09:51 PM UTC
Great article, thank you Gino!


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very detailed review and comparison ! answered all the questions in one topic really ! SO SO disappointing to see solid headlights on the "New" Tamiya kit

best
Mark



I agree on the headlights, it' not hard to correct (I've done it on my M151A2 "Super Jeep" conversion) but Tamiya should have made them separate in clear plastic.

Seems SKP jumped on the opportunity.



Cheers,

Christophe

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:21 PM UTC
Thanks guys. I'm glad the article is helpful.
WarWheels
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 11:37 PM UTC
Nice article Gino. I especially liked the added info on all the "older" 151 kits.
jvazquez
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Posted: Friday, November 01, 2013 - 08:26 AM UTC
I concur, another great article.

Disappointed that at worst Tamiya didn't update the grill and get rid of those moulded on head lights like Academy.
markchis
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Posted: Friday, November 01, 2013 - 12:56 PM UTC

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Great article, thank you Gino!


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very detailed review and comparison ! answered all the questions in one topic really ! SO SO disappointing to see solid headlights on the "New" Tamiya kit

best
Mark



I agree on the headlights, it' not hard to correct (I've done it on my M151A2 "Super Jeep" conversion) but Tamiya should have made them separate in clear plastic.

Seems SKP jumped on the opportunity.



Cheers,

Christophe




ahhh thanks Cristophe ! a silver lining to every cloud
HeavyArty
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Posted: Friday, November 01, 2013 - 01:10 PM UTC
Thanks guys. I'm glad everyone is getting something out of it.

As to the headlights, they are not an issue if you build the two versions in this boxing; 82nd ABN and 2 Ranger Bat in Grenada. It comes with decals that cover the lenses representing green 100 mile-an-hour tape. It looks pretty convincing too.

I agree though, they should have redone them in the A2 boxing as well since you can build almost any version from the box since it comes with all the original A2 parts as well.
LarryLawler
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Posted: Friday, November 01, 2013 - 02:27 PM UTC
Very nicely done. One of my favorite vehicles. I spent a good amount of time driving one in the 80's. I actually preferred the M151 to the Humvee when we switched em out! Seemed like there was more room in that tiny vehicle compared to the tight quarters of the Humvee...great stuff!
Chilihead
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Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2013 - 09:42 AM UTC
I hope that Tamiya provides you with the front upper suspension arm; they haven't done so in the past.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 06:11 PM UTC
Hi Chris - No the upper control arms on the front suspension are not included (they are not hard to scratch though). Only the rear suspension for the A1 has been corrected. The rest of the suspension on both the A1 and A2 kits are the same as in their earlier releases.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 08:38 AM UTC
I found the new Tamiya M151A1 kit on a recent trip to the hobby store. Having a price of $34.99 I will pass.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 01:13 AM UTC

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I found the new Tamiya M151A1 kit on a recent trip to the hobby store. Having a price of $34.99 I will pass.



That is nuts. Online supplier and eBay have it going for about $20, including shipping.
KurtLaughlin
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 01:54 AM UTC
Thanks Gino, this is a very useful article.

KL
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 05:40 AM UTC
Glad it was helpful to you Kurt.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 01:59 PM UTC
I think that Tamiya is basing the Grenada version on a Ron Volstad painting in the Osprey Ranger book.

The painting is bad-ass. I did a version of it years ago when I was stationed in Germany.

The Tamiya kit is pretty lame compared to the painting. A couple extra dudes in Kevlar helmets and a couple M60s just ain't cutting it.

It is good to see these re-released, tho.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 02:52 PM UTC

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I think that Tamiya is basing the Grenada version on a Ron Volstad painting in the Osprey Ranger book.



I haven't seen the Volstad painting, but the exact vehicle they based it on, down to the bumper numbers, is in this picture.

Monsoon
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 03:18 PM UTC
I can't post a link to it, but if you google "ron volstad ranger jeep" in google images, it's the first one.

Four rucks on the hood, dudes in soft covers and old school NVGs. 60 on the pindel mount and one on a tripod on the front passengers lap.

Looks like the Tamiya has some cots lashed to the hood....
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 07:45 AM UTC


Similar, I still think it is based on the pic I posted. It has the same bumper numbers, same sand color, similar gear set-up, crew with Kevlar helmets, etc.