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Old 2012-12-01, 00:10   Link #1901
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Old 2012-12-01, 00:14   Link #1902
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I like how the model company just added a whole bunch of completely non-show related kits to tag along with the licensed kits. If they had been more on the ball, they would have had some new box art and decal sets and marketed all of the tanks in the show. These must have been the cheapest ever licensed model kits for the model company to produce. The only added parts seem to be the sashimono for the StuG III.

Then again, I suppose that nobody expected Girls und Panzer to catch on like this. It also gives them the opportunity to come up with more customized kits (model heads?) if the current model line has good sales.
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Old 2012-12-01, 00:16   Link #1903
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Old 2012-12-01, 00:37   Link #1904
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lol, reminds me of the Strike Witches version.
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Old 2012-12-01, 01:18   Link #1905
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lol, reminds me of the Strike Witches version.
They're exactly the same picture, except for changing the skin color on Mio Sakamoto and swapping out Mio and Perrine's heads.

Here's the link. (Danbooru, probably NSFW for ads, though of course if you're looking at the original picture you're already going to have people wondering.)
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Old 2012-12-01, 01:23   Link #1906
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Old 2012-12-01, 01:54   Link #1907
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Old 2012-12-01, 02:19   Link #1908
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I like how the model company just added a whole bunch of completely non-show related kits to tag along with the licensed kits. If they had been more on the ball, they would have had some new box art and decal sets and marketed all of the tanks in the show. These must have been the cheapest ever licensed model kits for the model company to produce. The only added parts seem to be the sashimono for the StuG III.

Then again, I suppose that nobody expected Girls und Panzer to catch on like this. It also gives them the opportunity to come up with more customized kits (model heads?) if the current model line has good sales.
I don't know how much knowledge you have about model kits. But the link to HLJ.com, that's a online store, not a model company. They're a store and as such they're only selling whatever products they get or have in their warehouses, they aren't responsible for boxing them or making new decals or whatever. They compiled that list of licensed GuP kits and other related kits as an informative service for those fans interested in buying the tanks featured in the show and know whats available for sale in the market. People don't necessarily must buy licensed products to customize it or make it resemble their anime counterpart.

The model companies you're trying to talk about that make the kits, so far have four licensed model kits in the list, the three kits released by Platz: the Stug III, the Panzer IV and the 38(t) which were originally made by Dragon/Cyber Hobby which aren't cheap and some of their kits are the best in the armor modeling market. Dragon/Cyberhobby is from Hong Kong and Platz as their distributor in Japan, could use their plastic kits with added GuP decals.

And we have the Type 89 by Fine Molds, which is produced by themselves and isn't some cheap or low quality model kit company either, if you search for Star Wars or some Ghibli model kits you'll find all over the internet that the best ones are from Fine Molds.

In a sense both companies aren't going cheapest for the GuP tank kits. Also they aren't releasing all the tanks that have appeared in GuP with decals because no single company has every single model tank ever created in model kit form. Platz released whatever tanks they had in their catalogue or Dragon's catalogue which matched the ones in the anime and added the GuP decals, same for Fine Molds. Other companies might have the other tanks in kit form but aren't jumping in the GuP Licensed product bandwagon.

The tanks with decals are the first batch of products that are coming out for GuP because this companies already got the tank kits, and designing and manufacturing decals isn't time consuming as making a figure be it injection plastic or prepainted PVC. If you ever looked at release dates for figures, you'd find out that they usually come out months after an anime ended airing, because it takes time to design, sculpt, send to china to make mold, test production, QC, send test to Japan for the OK, manufacture and send back to Japan for sale and so on.

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Old 2012-12-01, 04:50   Link #1909
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Old 2012-12-01, 06:37   Link #1910
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This is a most interesting image showing the kind of research the production team does for the tanks. It shows the interior of the tanks along with the crew arrangements in isometric view.

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Old 2012-12-01, 08:08   Link #1911
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And just to clarify before people start asking questions. The official Girls und Panzer tank kits from Platz and Fine Molds are only the scale plastic tank kits with new decals to decorate them as they appear in the anime. They don't include any figures. And you still need to glue/assemble and paint them.
Its pretty stupid imo, figures should be a requirement for something like this.
characters are really important and the fact that you could probably buy regular versions of those tanks and paint them yourself for less than half the price.
That said, id pay like $50 just for a 1/35 Kay or Darjeeling.

hopefully they make more models or at least sell emblem decals.
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Old 2012-12-01, 09:35   Link #1912
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Its pretty stupid imo, figures should be a requirement for something like this.
characters are really important and the fact that you could probably buy regular versions of those tanks and paint them yourself for less than half the price.
That said, id pay like $50 just for a 1/35 Kay or Darjeeling.

hopefully they make more models or at least sell emblem decals.
I think the simpler way is to sell (relatively) inexpensive aftermarket kit with the figures of every team (standing and/or peeping through the hatches) and of course decals and paint instructions.
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Old 2012-12-01, 10:10   Link #1913
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Not really sure where the two other names come from, though supposedly they also come from the same code-digging from which Caesar's and Erwin's names come from:

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Caesar = 鈴木貴子 Takako Suzuki
Erwin = 松本里子 Satoko Matsumoto
Saemonza = 杉山清美 Kiyomi Sugiyama
Oryou = 野上武子 Takeko Nogami
Do need confirmation on this one.
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Old 2012-12-01, 10:34   Link #1914
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Old 2012-12-01, 10:45   Link #1915
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Sumeragi: I love how the artist "fixed" Yukari from the last version, aside from adding Miho.
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Old 2012-12-01, 10:48   Link #1916
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Y'know what's a downer? Looking at your own post in Preview Post and suddenly seeing in the thread history that Sumeragi has posted the exact same image while you were writing your reply.

I was writing comments regarding the artist's variations on the subject. Large/small, clothes/no...

Regarding the production art, it does remind you how small some of these interiors are.

The models: Modification kits to just have the crewmembers' head sticking out would be simpler, but that would probably still require nearly as much effort as trying to roll out entire figures. I don't think the WWII armor model market was prepared for the popularity of Garupan...
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Old 2012-12-01, 11:04   Link #1917
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Y'know what's a downer? Looking at your own post in Preview Post and suddenly seeing in the thread history that Sumeragi has posted the exact same image while you were writing your reply.
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Old 2012-12-01, 11:19   Link #1918
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Lowegear: It looks like SOMEONE Has a DFC fetish. You'll notice that the version Sumeragi posted has the corrections (regarding Yukar's "75 mms") done post-OVA PV.
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Old 2012-12-01, 11:20   Link #1919
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This is a most interesting image showing the kind of research the production team does for the tanks. It shows the interior of the tanks along with the crew arrangements in isometric view.

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That image makes you realize just how crowded and cramped the tanks are. Except the Churchill, which has room to spare. Darjeeling choose her tank well.

Senshadou does have the right idea though, tanks too cramped? Use smaller crewmembers!
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Old 2012-12-01, 11:26   Link #1920
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Lowegear: It looks like SOMEONE Has a DFC fetish. You'll notice that the version Sumeragi posted has the corrections (regarding Yukar's "75 mms") done post-OVA PV.
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Senshadou does have the right idea though, tanks too cramped? Use smaller crewmembers!
Reminds me of this quote about the show I read on Spacebattles:

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Actually, it does make sense, sorta. With highschool girls a tank's interior is kinda cozy. With fully grown guys it becomes kind of a gay oven...
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