Shizuoka Japan hobby show
On Saturday, I took the bullet train ( Shinkansen ) from Tokyo to Shizuoka. It is about 1.1 hour . Nice and fast.
Cute post box at the station tooIMG_3041.jpg
Got there at 9 AM and walked with a friend to the venue.
There were lots and lots of people there. Many vendors and booths for practically every interest. I had to be selective since it is impossible to do everything in detail in one day. The show primarily caters to plastic. There was a little paper stuff, but you had to look hard to find it or identify it. However, as the song goes, " It is plastic, its fantastic......."
There were 4 areas of interest: The vendor booths, a huge area for model displays ( clubs and individuals ) and I mean huge area; as big as the vendor area. Then there was the swap/flee market in the next building and then a tour of the Tamiya factory. Also, there was a display of full size military vehicles outside.
Since my interest was aircraft mostly, I concentrated there. I met the folks from Hasegawa again and chatted about some of the kits. I also looked at the new Tamiya 1/48 scale Stormovick ( they also displayed it and the prototype work they have done with computer 3D display at their HQ ).
There were lots of tools and products as well to look at and play with. I got some.
The club displays were simply super. I mean the work that is put into models here is outstanding. I loved the displays of the dioramas. Did anyone see the one of a French airfield with all types of Mirage fighter planes? It was fantastic. Also, a collection of modern Israeli Air Force aircraft in 1/48 scale; Wow! Also Soviet era and Russian airliners.
There was a guy that was displaying ( I think for sale too ) a full scale metal Mitsubishi Zero instrument panel. Also, someone is selling full scale military tracked vehicle metal kit. Might as well built 1/1 scale.
The Tamiya factory tour was impressive as well. I ended up walking there ( 20 min since the shuttle bus was packed ). Lots of full scale vehicles outside that they modeled ( but no aircraft ). It was nice, but it did consume time from the show. However, when else do you get to see the place they design and make this stuff.
Anyhow, lots to do and little time. The show was over at 5 PM. I could have used 2 more hours.
Also, close to the train station at Shizuoka is the Hobby Square and that too has lots of displays and is open year round.
I took close to 1,000 pictures, but the link provided below is great ( not my pictures ).
Here are some pictures of paper items I found.
A huge Gundam and the Thurnderbird rocket on the pad is made of paper as well.
There was one vendor selling paper product, but those were really basic things of structures and small items
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This is a wonderful report, Isaac. Thanks for the description of the displays. It was like being there.
Among the paper items, the Studio Ghibli houses and village look very charming.
It's great to read your accounts of life in Japan. It has been 23 years since we returned and I sure wish I could back.
Thanks a lot for the post and pics, Isaac. The Shizuoka may be the greatest model show in the world. Over at the Nautilussubmarine forum we've been talking for weeks about the work of a guy who showed last year with the most amazing water simulations we've ever seen. A member in Tokyo got in touch with him and posted some addition images of his stuff.