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Shizuoka’s hobby cornerShizuoka’s hobby corner

chobittsuchobittsu2 måneder sidenDiary
Hello there,
During my vacation in Japan, the weather wasn't always good, especially during the first half (fortunately that improved greatly).
On days like that it was best to do indoor stuff if possible.

Since I'm very much into scale modeling like garage kits and plastic model kits, I decided to visit Shizuoka Hobby Square. It's next to Shizuoka station, so no need for an umbrella (even though I brought one with me just in case).
I have been there before and made a blog then as well (BLOG #38769), but since it had been a while I wanted to see it again and if possible get a model kit while I'm at it, since I failed to do so last time I visited this place.

When I got there, there were of course certain items that were familiar, but also things that were new to me (or so it seemed), like this diorama of a hangar inside a mountain of some kind:
http://i64.tinypic.com/28v37sp.jpg

In the main exhibition hall, where all of the Japanese model kit manufacturers were showing their products, there was this lovely lady:
http://i64.tinypic.com/25u5jwh.jpg

Unfortunately, of that figure was no kit available. If there was I most certainly would have considered getting one...

The main model manufacturers were showcasing their kits here, like these snap-fit car kits from Aoshima, like a Toyota Prius:
http://i66.tinypic.com/1445t14.jpg

And a Suzuki Hustler (a compact city car for the domestic market):
http://i64.tinypic.com/2emzigl.jpg

There were also some cars that were either extreme or just plain weird (I'm looking at you, pink car with that bow):
http://i68.tinypic.com/53pjb4.jpg

Red Bull gives you wings (small wings in this case):
http://i65.tinypic.com/kc00zt.jpg

Some people do say that a car sometimes looks like a shoe:
http://i66.tinypic.com/255mg00.jpg

There were also a few prepainted figures, like these Sagiri and Nero Claudius from Aoshima:
http://i64.tinypic.com/2nrk8xv.jpg

As a fan of Japanese warships I had to stop by these models of Akagi:
http://i64.tinypic.com/dqrfj5.jpg

Mikasa:
http://i66.tinypic.com/1251dhv.jpg

and Nagato:
http://i66.tinypic.com/349baeb.jpg

Well, of course there were also some mainstream anime figures, like these Dragonball figures from Bandai:
http://i64.tinypic.com/1sjv6c.jpg

After all that model goodness, I stopped by at the shop next to the exhibition, where there were plenty of model kits and tools.

Then I noticed this nice specimen.

Is it a meganekko?

No, it's a mecha neko:
http://i65.tinypic.com/2n691zt.jpg

That looked just too cute to miss, so I bought it. I wasn't sure if it included a stand, so I bought one afterwards just in case.
By the way, when I looked at the caution label, I couldn't help but notice the amount of warning for America and Japan compared to other countries:
http://i67.tinypic.com/2pzb7g8.jpg

Oh America and your wonderful suing culture...

Since it would be too big to put in my suitcase, I shipped the model kit to my parents, who would then bring it to my home together with other packages I shipped.

As I exited the shop, I just stopped a moment to look at the Harley Davidson that Tamiya used for one of their model kits in the eighties (which I built at the time as my first big kit):
http://i64.tinypic.com/29118y1.jpg

http://i64.tinypic.com/allz7k.jpg

http://i63.tinypic.com/288caic.jpg

It was nice to see those model goodies again. On my way back to the hotel I decided to get a delicious piece of matcha shortcake to wrap up the day (it was around Christmas after all):
http://i67.tinypic.com/r77mo7.jpg
(that bag at the bottom was an ice pouch to refrigerate the cake during transport)

Itadakimasu…
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chobittsu (2 måneder siden) #48266274That model is about 38cm long (1/350 scale) and is made by Hasegawa. There are also 1/700 scale waterline models from the same brand.
In Akihabara, you may have a good chance to find it at 1 of the 2 Volks stores: 1 in the Akihabara Radio Kaikan and the other is Volks Hobby Tengoku not far from there.
You can also get it online at HLJ: Link

Thank you so much. I will have a look into that.
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pyoko (2 måneder siden) #48263567Oh, looks very interesting. Thank you for your blogs, I enjoyed reading them a lot.
May I ask you about that Mikasa model? Do you maybe remeber the size (actual, not scale) or some more information I could use to search it on yahoojp or other pages?
My boyfriend and me visited Mikasa in Yokohama two years ago and he really wanted to have a model of it afterwards. Sadly we did not find somethin fitting. We looked in the Mikasa dedicated shop next to the ship, but they only had one very big model to buy. We later tried in Tokyo at some hobby shop with lots of warships, but no luck.
Since you are a warship enthusiast aswell as experienced Japan traveler it would be great if you have some info for me about Mikasa model(s). Should be more on the smaller side, because small appartment though :P
I would love to surprise my boyfriend with one :)
btw we will be in Tokyo/Akihabara in May so if you now where to look for one that would be great.
thanks in advance

That model is about 38cm long (1/350 scale) and is made by Hasegawa. There are also 1/700 scale waterline models from the same brand.
In Akihabara, you may have a good chance to find it at 1 of the 2 Volks stores: 1 in the Akihabara Radio Kaikan and the other is Volks Hobby Tengoku not far from there.
You can also get it online at HLJ: Link
2 måneder siden
1pt
Oh, looks very interesting. Thank you for your blogs, I enjoyed reading them a lot.
May I ask you about that Mikasa model? Do you maybe remeber the size (actual, not scale) or some more information I could use to search it on yahoojp or other pages?

My boyfriend and me visited Mikasa in Yokohama two years ago and he really wanted to have a model of it afterwards. Sadly we did not find somethin fitting. We looked in the Mikasa dedicated shop next to the ship, but they only had one very big model to buy. We later tried in Tokyo at some hobby shop with lots of warships, but no luck.

Since you are a warship enthusiast aswell as experienced Japan traveler it would be great if you have some info for me about Mikasa model(s). Should be more on the smaller side, because small appartment though :P

I would love to surprise my boyfriend with one :)
btw we will be in Tokyo/Akihabara in May so if you now where to look for one that would be great.
thanks in advance
2 måneder siden
1pt
Very cool photos! Shizuoka is a lovely place. It housed the life size Gundam for a while! It was outside the Tamiya paint factory while it was there :D
2 måneder siden
1pt
Nice post. Also, happy to read that you're a fan of Japanese warships. Ditto, here. ;)
2 måneder siden
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Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
Ohh love those warhips! Im a fan of the arpeggio modelkits which are basically these model kits with a bunch of stickers different box and a paper model :p

Too bad kongou ship isnt there or yamato those are my fav ships ^^
2 måneder siden
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