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Super Stupa

The Editor builds Tamiya’s new kit with some help from Eduard.

I love Tamiya kits. I don’t build them very often, but whenever I do, I’m transported back to the early ‘80s and as a nerdy teenager getting very excited by building Tamiya’s Brummbär and Panzer IV kits. The opportunity to add accessories and try and match them to the wonderful images in Bruce Culver’s Panzer Colors or the Squadron Signal ‘In Action’ books filled many hours. The real challenge in building Tamiya’s kit (ref. 35077, first released in 1976) was the lack of Zimmerit anti-magnetic coating. I remember adding a covering painstakingly with a pyrogravure, purchased at not inconsiderable expense from Historex Agents …

Ok, enough of ‘80s nostalgia and fast forward to 2017. Tamiya’s new-tool Sturmpanzer IV (the vehicle was apparently never referred to as a Brummbär during the War) is based on their excellent Panzer IV Ausf. J hull and contains a brand new fighting compartment with ball-mounted MG and additional armour. The kit is, as they say, is ‘typical Tamiya’: superb moulding and engineering, straightforward, stress-free assembly, and some skimping in the detail. Compare this to kits of the same vehicle from the likes of Dragon and Tristar and you’ll a much simpler build; half the parts and no tricky assemblies or multi-part suspension. With Tamiya’s approach to kits, there are some areas where, personally, I always


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