This year's 51st Shizuoka Hobby Show took place on the 17-18-19 and 20 of May at the usual place, the "Twin Messe Shizuoka". As always the first two days were closed to the general public and were open only to dealers and professionals. We visited the show on Saturday 19, two years since our last time there.
To start with, the bus taking the public from the Shizuoka train station to the exhibition hall was not free as it used to be resulting in extremely confusing, crowded and frustrating transportation. There are two exhibition halls, one dedicated to model companies the second to radio control companies with a big area reserved for the various modelling groups around Japan exhibiting their latest creations. The third and smallest area in an adjacent building was left to the smaller companies and kit traders. Although every year we hear the same complaints about how the show doesn't attract as many people and as much interest as before, this time we found every area extremely crowded throughout our visit.
The first booth we visited was Doyusha's. The usual, old but still beautiful 1/32 models were there together with the small 1/100 pre-built series.
Next was the Model Art booth with their latest MA#847 prominently displayed on the front table (see review below) but also some surprises by A&W. One is kit set AW144024 with a "Kawanishi E7K2 & MXY4" due in the end of May and AW144025 "Kawanishi E7K1 & MXY3" due in the end of June. All resin kits in 1/144 scale. We also saw AW144014 "Mitsubishi Ka-14" and "AW144015 "Kawasaki Ki-5"; again resin and in 1/144.
The biggest area was reserved for the TAMIYA booths exhibiting all the releases of the company. Their very latest was the pre-built Mitsubishi G4M1 Model 11 commemorating Admiral Yamamoto's final flight with a set of 17 figures including Admiral himself, pilot, co-pilot, machine gunner, reconnaissance crew member and 10 ground crew members. All in 1/48 at the reasonable (?) price of 41,790Yen or $US420+. Scared? Well, you can also get the un-built version for about $US80 and do all the work yourself.
It should be remembered that TAMIYA releases a vast array of subjects especially radio controlled and toys.
Mitsubishi Ki-30 "Ann" by AZ Model, 1/72
Mitsubishi J2M "Raiden" (Jack) by SWORD in 1/72
And the much anticipated Nakajima "Kikka" in 1/72 by AZ model, in three versions: "normal", interceptor and night fighter.