Tamiya's 1/24 scale Porsche 962C Photoetch set

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Text copyright Michael J. Fuller




Tamiya has introduced a photo etch set to go along with their 1/24 scale Porsche 962C kits.  Now there are already a couple of PE sets for this model kit out on the market, so what could Tamiya offer?  Tamiya effectively duplicates the work of Studio 27 in some cases with their PE set in that they offer cross drilled brake discs and new fuel buckeyes amongst other elements (and the S27's kits offerings are much more detailed).  Tamiya does include the center cockpit divider in photo etch with the weight lightning through-holes actually drilled through (unlike the plastic part contained within the kit).  But given how easy this would be to replicate in plastic (the through-holes that is), what's the point?  A nice touch is the inclusion of material for creating seat belts, turned pipes to replicate the waste gates and engine exhaust pipes, and wire for antennas.  Tamiya's PE set retails for around $16.00.  When compared to the Studio 27 kit at the same price, I'd be tempted to go with S27.

ęCopyright 2009, Michael J. Fuller