Product News from
46th Shizuoka Hobby Show
Martin Waligorski from
IPMS Stockholm brings us
news of forthcoming model releases from Shizuoka:
The 2007 Shizuoka Hobby Show, now in its 46th year, was held in
Tokyo last weekend.
As usual, the occasion brings a stream of news from Japanese kit
manufacturers. Here is a glance at the new kits on display.
A plastic model that probably attracted most attention was
Hasegawa's next 1/32 aircraft, the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Tony)Model
I. This kit is apparently production-ready.
The company also displayed the previously announced 1/72 Martin
B-26F/G Marauder and 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 with BMW 327 Staff
Car (read: Josef Priller's personal car) as finished models. It has
been now confirmed that the Fw 190A-5 will be a completely new
In ships, Hasegawa will also release new-tool kits of the heavy
Japanese cruisers Aoba and Kinugasa in 1/700 scale.
Tamiya has also shown a new naval model from their own stable, a
1/350 I-400 Submarine aircraft carrier. Another new item from this
company will be the 1/48 Willys Jeep.
Still more Japanese navy ships will come from Aoshima. This
company will release 1/350 heavy cruisers Takao and Chokai in July.
Fine Molds continues to venture into Star Wars universe. The
new 1/72 kit from this company will be the previously announced
Y-Wing. But wait, there is more: how about Fine Molds X-Wing Fighter
in 1/48 scale? This kit will feature snap-together assembly, but
according to the company this has in no way compromised the level of
detail incorporated in the kit.
Another interesting venture by Fine Molds is the 1/72 Mitsubishi
Zero Model 21. This kit is at a very early stage of development and
Fine Molds did not specify any release date.
The only real news from Dragon was the announcement of the
next future release in 1/35 scale, Panzer III Ausf. J. On the
company's stand there were also prototype models of Dragon's SU-100
self-propelled gun and a 10.5cm K.Pz.Sfl.IVa "Dicker Max".
Hobby Link Japan has been quick to assemble a pictorial from the
Another photo report was found at the discussion forum of J-aircraft.com
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