So why is there is level of hand wringing over Tamiya’s omission? Because we as modellers want the moon on a stick and a bag to put it in.
Tamiya’s Tomcat and the details that won’t be provided…
So the dust has settled over the new Tamiya F-14A and there is now commentary on both what will be provided, but mainly, what won’t be in the kit. We all now know that the contents will arrive sans weapons, but we also know that Tamiya has taken the decision to include only ‘hard’ wings i.e. wings that do not allow the deflection of flaps and slats – in exactly the same way that their 1:32 kit was designed.
This omission has certainly raised a few eyebrows, many wondering how such a progressive company could decide to corner-cut in such an important release. The fact of the matter is that they haven’t; Tamiya’s kit, as supplied will accurately portray the aircraft as seen on the ground. Simple as that.
The nonsense about the flaps and slats being left out of the kit is just that – nonsense. More often than not, the aircraft – unless seen on approach (and how many modellers will model the aircraft like that?) – have the flaps and slats retracted, as modelled by Tamiya. Once shut down, the wings are cleaned up and then swept back into their overswept position to save space – both on deck and on shore bases. There are exceptions, but they are just that: exceptions. Tamiya’s kit is perfectly correct for the majority of aircraft seen either on a carrier deck, or an airfield…
So why is there is level of hand wringing over Tamiya’s omission? Because we as modellers want the moon on a stick and a bag to put it in. We are used to being offered fantastic products that offer every single detail and set-up option and when it’s not there – accurate or not – we become annoyed by the choices made by the manufacturer. The thing is, we shouldn’t. Simply because a company decides to – quite rightly in this case – create a model that doesn’t offer what we believe should be in the kit, doesn’t me that they are wrong, cost-cutting, or inept. In some cases – and I’ll say this quietly – they may be doing it, because that’s the correct thing to do!
So the next time you hear discussion over a detail or feature that is missing from a kit, take a little time to think about why that is so – you never know, the company involved just may have got it right!