What worries me is that Tamiya still releases old models...
Is that a sign for a decreasing market?
Why, in the name of...well, let's say "Tamiya", does a company releases an old concept?
To please us?
I don't think so.
Tamiya is a company and needs customers (with money, not vintage collections).
It could well be, Tamiya needs cash in this niche market and that's what's, I think, it is all about.
So, with the popularity of the vintage SRB's, the SS in particular, it is our own achievement when you think about it...
Still, in the years, Tamiya has shown respect to most of the originals (by making small differences to the re-re's, but that makes it even harder to spot an original).
The best thing Tamiya did to celebrate their 30th anniversary was the release of the 1/10 Porsche 934 in a special box.
It was no re-re, it was a brand NEW design!
That's what I like!
New and progressive.
Even more important: the original is still special!
This in contradiction of the re-re of the Black Porsche body which made some of us very, very sick...
Another re-re example: why do you think Tamiya still produces the 1/12 Porsche 935 static kit over and over again?
because it sells...
Only an expert can spot the difference between the boxes.
Stop buying it and the RC version will be special again one day...
Buy it and Tamiya will not be bankrupt...(I have an eye laying on another niche market called "Märklin"...).
Final word: I'm not happy with the re-re's as I go for "original" and therefore "special"...