[EDIT: Some context, as this was moved from another thread. There, a modeler wrote about a 2020 Tamiya kit:
“Honestly, disappointed with the link & length and would much prefer a working individual link track set up like Ryefield Model provides in their Pz III/IV kits.”
“Hull top looks promising! The recesses should allow adding the slot for screw head details. A little annoyed at this especially around the hatches as TriStar nailed these details over a decade ago.”
*“The fender undersides aren’t Dragon perfect but they’ll clean up easily.” *
“Turret top looks promising! The recesses should allow adding the slot for screw head details. A little annoyed at this especially as TriStar nailed these details over a decade ago.”
“I really wish Tamiya had retooled the wheels on this 2020 Pz IV kit to be honest. It’s a nice wheel but missing some welds.”
“WTF?! - the bow MG 34 isn’t slide molded. Someone tell Tamiya it’s the 2020’s, the not 1990’s. It’s a new molded part but really C76 should have been slide molded with an opened barrel end.”
"Main Gun part 1: Tamiya = Fumble
“Where’s that flat head screw slot detail? TriStar & Dragon had it 15+ years ago. Simple to mold in.”
Interestingly, there is also a clear statement of what Tamiya is about: “Overall, to me the kit looks very nice. Of course the magic with Tamiya’s kits isn’t in the individual part trees or fancy details so much but in how nicely the parts integrate into a superb model and superior building experience.” This makes one wonder why the previous negative comments and comparisons were made in the first place. Pointing them out is one thing, criticizing Tamiya for not being like other companies is quite another, especially where there are other comments bemoaning the complexity and poor fit of the kits from the same companies.]
There’s no point in getting frustrated, annoyed, or disappointed. Tamiya has figured out their market perfectly, and it ain’t people like us. It’s obvious that if they can make a detail improvement without adding to production or assembly complexity, they’ll do it, but they have no interest in creating a 1000 part monstrosity.
At this point no one should be surprised at what you get in a Tamiya box. I can describe right now what the kits they’ll release in 2028 will be like: Slightly better than their kits made in 2023, in the same way those kits were slightly better than their 2018 releases. You know what you are going to get; don’t buy one and go on about how it doesn’t have the same detail as a kit with seven times as many sprues.
To put it other terms, when you choose a small economy compact as your second car, don’t be annoyed or frustrated that it doesn’t have the 0 to 60 speed or legroom of your full-size performance sedan.