News from the
2005 Shizuoka Hobby Show
by Martin Waligorski
proudly supported by Squadron.com
The 44th annual Shizuoka Hobby Show took place during the weekend
of 14-15 May at Twin Messe in Shizuoka, Japan. For all Japanese
hobby manufacturers, the Shizuoka show is the place to be when it
comes to presenting news and product releases. Also this time, there
are high hopes for a long array of new items to be released soon -
although to be fair, most of them have probably already been
mentioned on these pages...
Thanks to IPMS Stockholm
we already have a report on new and forthcoming kits presented
during this show.
Dragon has revealed its "secret" catalogue item for this
year. This kit will be Panzer IV in Ausf E and D guises. And of
course, their new 88mm Flak 36 is on display, this model is being
officially released at the time of the show.
Panzer IV boxart:
88mm Flak 36:
AFV Club continues to clash head-on with Dragon with their
kit releases, after the Tiger I here is the 88mm Flak 18 also from
AFV Club will also respond to Dragon's forthcoming Tiger I late
(surprise) by issuing this, Wittmann's last Tiger I.
Also Tristar seems to have read Dragon's intentions (or
not), announcing their own Panzer IV Ausf. C. However, Tristar says
that this kit is strictly limited edition and will be produced in
only one series.
Revell comes to the Shizuoka show with the entire range of
vehicles fomr the movie Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the
In car department, the German company will release 2005 Chevrolet
One quite unexpected aircraft release from Revell is this 1/32
Schleicher ASK 21 glider. An nice diversion in a hobby dominated by
Fine Molds finally showed test shots of a long-anticipated
Star Wars 1/72 Millenium Falcon altogether 17 sprues (!).
As mentioned previously, this company will also continue their line
of 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109s with a G-6, to be released this
Hasegawa's 1/72 Lancaster will be available in July.
Another new Hasegawa aircraft scheduled for July is the 1/48 FA-18F
Also, Hasegawa's 1/350 Batlleship Mikasa should be available on
the market at any moment.
Otherwise, Hasegawa continues with the tradition of exploiting
existing moulds for new versions of the same subject, one example of
that is the 1/48 Curtiss P-40N or 1/72 Sd.Kfz.234/3 8-Rad Stummel.
Fujimi tries to answer the need of those with big wallet,
no spare time and soft spot for big ship models. These hobbyists
will now be able to purchase an assembled and painted 1/144
battlehip Yamato from Fujimi. The price is "only" 860 000 Yen
- I'll leave it to you to see how much that is in your
Tamiya comes with interesting items in their 1/48 armour
range, for example Citroen 11CV Staff Car and British Universal
Carrier, prototype models of both were on display.
In 1/35, still the only really new Tamiya item is a Leclerc:
In the aircraft division, Tamiya will release a Henshel Hs 123, due
Additional images from the show can be found at these Japanese
This article has been provided by
Scale News, hobby
news column of IPMS Stockholm
The original version
of this report
may also be viewed on the IPMS Stockholm website.
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by Martin Waligorski
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