“V.E. Day Edition” just means “Victory Europe Day”, the day the war ended in Europe. I’ve built it, it’s a really old tooling of the Sherman and definitely pales in comparison to even the 90s Tamiya Shermans, but it’s not too bad to put together.
I think the older Tamiya Shermans (M4 Sherman, M4A3 Sherman) should cost around 22-25 euros, and the newer M4A3E8s should be around 40 euros. I’m not familiar with international prices though. Tamiya doesn’t have a model of the M4A1 Sherman in 1:35 though, so if you’re set on having that for cheap, the Italeri kit should do you fine.
It’s another rebox of their old M4A1 76mm (wet stowage) kit. That being said, it’s not a bad kit, but it’s been overtaken by more recent released kits. With a few tweaks such as adding cast armor texture and sanding away the non existent step in the main gun barrel, it will look pretty good. If you can get it for an inexpensive price, it’s a fun project to try your hand at some simple improvements.
and 100 Euros is just ridiculous. BNA here in Australia has them for around 42 Euros. I imagine even with postage, it is going to be way less than 100 Euros and maybe you will find similar results closer to home. If not, a lot of guys that live in the States buy from BNA and are happy with the time to get overseas and the prices. You may be pushing it a bit for a before Christmas delivery now though.
Those Tamiya kits are older moulds from kits first released in 1976 and 1977 respectively. Still very buildable and enjoyable, but just not up to the same standards as a more modern kits. If fine detail is not your worry, then they will be ideal for you.
These are perfect for beginners. Tamiya would be my call out to anyone just starting out and getting feet wet. Often referred to as ‘Shake ‘n’ bake’ they are usually designed for good fit and reasonable detail for price. Some of their kits can be complex, but most are not. Some older ones have shape compromises as the used the same hull for similar vehicles. Often they came with little motors and real rubber band type track so they would move - and detail was compromised for this toy effect.
I bought a similar panzer II kit and it was indeed a joy to build, everything fit perfectly.
and yes, inside the hull there’s a place specifically built to fit a motor.
Besides that, didn’t noticed any glaring “toy” stuff.
I just hope that those two I linked do not have excessive “toy” compromises.
The Churchill especially looks really beautiful!
There are no toy compromises on the Churchill. It was originally released as a Crocodile Flame Thrower and later released as the Mark VII gun tank only (with some figures) . It is quite good for its age and is fairly correct in shape (unlike the crocodile trailer). You will very happy with that choice.
If you want some advice on what Tamiya kits to cut your teeth on, which are good, relatively inexpensive and fairly accurate builds, try some of these pre 2000 kits:
35134 Challenger 1
35170 Panther G
35175 Universal Carrier
35197 Stug III Ausf G
35209 Panver IV Ausf H
Then pretty much anything with a number after that will likely to be to your liking.