This year's 55th edition of the Shizuoka Hobby Show will be held May 12-15 at Twin Messe Shizuoka in Shizuoka, Japan. As always, the show will focus on hobby products being released this spring and summer.
We're continuing to add info and photos of new items debuting at the show, so keep checking back!
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In 2005 Hasegawa brought us their nicely detailed kit of the IJN Mikasa in 1/350th scale. Now 11 years later Hasegawa is bringing us a new tool kit of the IJN Mikasa in 1/700 scale! At the Battle of Tsushima in May of 1905, the Mikasa led the fleet to victory over Russia. She later survived the second world war and today holds the distinction of being the only surviving Japanese Battleship. Those wanting to super-detail their Mikasa kit won't want to miss out on the additional photo-etched metal detail set that's being released as well!
At the Shizuoka Hobby Show in 2015 we got our first look at the new tool GB120 1973 Nissan Sunny Truck "Early Version," now a year later Hasegawa is following up on that release with the late model Sunny Truck, the GB122. Released in Japan in 1989, the redesigned Sunny Truck featured new square headlights and a redesigned grille.
Hasegawa also continues their Macross releases with a new SDF-1, this time not as a warship but transformed into attack mode!
Also joining Hasegawa's lineup is the 1/100 TG-11-M Guarayakha Special from the popular arcade game series "Virtual-On" which celebrates its 20th year anniversary this year!
Aircraft fans won't be left behind this year either as Hasegawa debuts their 1/200 KC-46A Pegasus kit!
Aoshima features something for almost every type of modeller in their new releases!
Their painstakingly researched 1/24 kit of the stunning Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 supercar is the result of extensive study of the real thing; a detail-up set is also being simultaneously released to make your build the best it can be!
The Japan Ground Self-Defence Force's workhorse observation and scout helicopter, the OH-1 Ninja, gets a long-awaited 1/72 kit!
Also ready for launch is a new 1/700 waterline kit of the ill-fated HMS Hermes as seen during the Indian Ocean Raid, accompanied by Navy Type 99 bombers! And also watch for the 1/700 waterline kit of the IJA Hei Type Akitsumaru--an early version of one of the first amphibious assault ships ever made, including two in-scale tanks!
And the upcoming kit of the rugged JMSDF US-2 flying boat, with many maritime rescues to its credit and capable of takeoff and landing in rough seas, is a completely new mold!
Bandai always keeps a tight lid on what's going to be shown at Shizuoka, and this year is no different! However we do know about the next Real Grade that is on the way this May, and that is the RG GNT-0000 00 QAN[T]! With its GN Sword V and massive GN Shield, the QAN[T] is the one you want!
Doyusha is adding to their line of fantastically detailed pre-built and pre-painted kits with the P-51B Mustang, Focke-Wulf Fw190A-8, T-6G Texan, F2A Buffalo, and T-4 Blue Impulse, all in 1/72 scale! All five aircraft and more will be on display at the show.
Fine Molds has an incredible lineup in store for us this year, starting with a 1/48 scale kit of the IJN Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter II, also known as the Mitsubishi A5M! Fine Molds has recreated the unique form of this famous aircraft using all new molding. And this is the first time the A5M2b version of the Type 96 has been made into a kit, so we're looking forward to seeing it at the show!
In addition to the Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter II, the final version of the aircraft that was used during the Second Sino-Japanese War will also be making an appearance. The IJN Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter IV (known as the A5M4), will be available in 1/48 scale as well, making both aircraft easy to display together!
From their tank selection, we'll be seeing a revised version of their 1/35 JGSDF Type 61 Tank kit, featuring new parts such as the turret and the rear exterior of the tank!
New tools and supplies are on the way from GSI Creos! Similar in style to fingernail clippers, Mr. Easy Nipper is a clipper designed to help you remove parts more easily. Mr. Clean Stick II features thick and thin solvent resistant soft polymer heads at each end. Great for removing excess glue or paint, or to help with weathering on your models. Mr. Swab Big Size isn't your regular cotton swab -- these are swabs of premium quality that are easy to use and have less fray fuzz. You can never have too many modeling tools!
Platz is poised to wow fans with their release of a 1/72 scale USN Northrop Grumman X-47B! The futuristic unmanned aircraft is brought to you with all its details carefully crafted and ready to build.
Girls und Panzer followers will also be pleased to see two new figure kits that will add plenty of characters to their collection! From Keizoku High School, Mika, Aki, and Mikko are ready to help face off against the University Selection Team members Arisu, Megumi, Azumi, and Rumi - be sure to pick up both kits to recreate all the action from "Girls und Panzer der Film!"
The previously released Panzer IV Ausf. D is getting a special upgrade - this limited edition version comes with the Ankou team in their Panzer jackets. The combination of the cute deformed Ankou team members and the realistic tank makes this kit unmissable!
Following its realistic handgun series, Platz is adding realistic rifles to their lineup. A set of three rifles, including the Howa Type 89, the M4A, and the SVD, is ready to accompany your 1/12 figures into danger. Pick them up today!
Tamiya debuts its spectacular Ferrari FXX K, with a high level of painstaking detail throughout, functional gull-wing doors and rear cowl among many other features, and additional photo-etch parts and a carbon slide mark set are also available to make your dream car even more amazing!
AMT has something special in store for "Star Trek" fans, including a 50th Anniversary Edition of their 1/650 Star Trek NCC-1701 U.S.S Enterprise! The kit will feature new packaging to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series, and includes a stand for the model, as well as decals to recreate each small detail of the ship. In addition, AMT is also bringing a renewed version of their "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" Klingon Bird of Prey kit in 1/350 scale!
ICM is off to a rocketing start with their release of a kit for the MiG-25 RBT. One of the fastest military aircraft to have ever entered service, the MiG-25 RBT had a possible top speed of Mach 3.2. ICM are recreating this symbol of the Cold War in detailed 1/48 size, so be sure to add one to your collection!
The 1/72 Focke-Wulf FW189A-1 is also ready to join the lineup. Known as the "Flying Eye" of the German army, this surprisingly maneuverable reconnaissance aircraft entered service in 1940. The FW189-A1's distinctive appearance will be a joy to build!
ICM hasn't forgotten about those on the ground, with two vehicle kits also being released. An exciting offering is the 1/35 AMD-35 (178) French Armoured Vehicle Panhard. The Panhard, or "Pan-Pan," was a staple of French reconnaissance units in World War II. A kit for the 1/35 ZiL-131 Emergency Truck Soviet Vehicle is also being released. The ZiL-131 was introduced in 1967, and this Emergency Truck is one of many variants of the general purpose army truck. This kit would look great with some effective weathering, so be sure to check it out!
Revell's 1/12 Custom Chopper Set is the perfect kit for creating your own unique bike! This realistic kit includes plenty of decals to allow you to make an outstanding chopper!
Two special edition kits are also something to look forward to! The 1930 Ford Model A Coupe and 1983 Hurst Oldsmobile have been given the high quality Revell treatment, and are full of details for the dedicated builder.
Fans of Revell's truck kits can soon enjoy building a 1991 Ford F-350 Dually! The kit for this heavy hauler will feature a detailed 7.5 liter V-8 with multi-port fuel injection and a full roll bar with extra lights.
New from Soar Art Workshop at the Shizuoka Hobby Show will be a literally massive 1/35th scale kit of Dora, the monstrous German 80cm Super Heavy Railway Gun that saw action during WWII, and remains to this day the largest mobile artillery weapon ever built and fielded in battle. Luckily for those without the space (or budget!) for the 1/35th kit, Soar Art will also be debuting a 1/144th scale version. Continuing with their artillery theme, a 1/35th scale kit of the German 35.5cm M1 Super Heavy Howitzer will also make its debut.
Takom, known for their wonderfully detailed armor models, will also be at Shizuoka this year with a set of new 1/35th scale armor kits. Two of the new kits on the way are SPAAGs, which stands for Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun. The first is the Gepard SPAAG A1/A2 which serves with the German armed forces, and the second is the Russian ZSU-57-2 Soviet SPAAG. Also showing are a pair of medium tanks, the Iraqi Type-69 II and the Russian T-54 B Late Type.
Avant Garde Model Kits, having released a nicely detailed 1/48th scale kit of the BM/BSM version of the Mig-31, is back with a new version of the Soviet/Russian supersonic interceptor, this time the earlier B/BS version of the Foxhound. Also on the way is a 1/72nd scale kit of the Czech-designed Aero L-29 Delfin jet-powered trainer aircraft.
The 2016 Shizuoka Hobby Show is turning into a great year for fans of the Royal Navy's HMS Hermes! Flyhawk is coming out with their own kit of the illustrious British aircraft carrier which was sunk by Japanese dive bombers close to Sri Lanka. Known for fantastic detailing of their ship kits, this Flyhawk Hermes is sure to be a treat!
Kittyhawk, after bringing us the fantastic kit of the what-if/prototype Vought XF5U-1 Flying Flapjack, has come back to the realm of reality with their next 1/48th-scale release, the Super Etendard! This new-tool kit of the French carrier-based strike fighter will come with decals to build one of eight marking options!
From Panda Hobby comes a trio of new armor kits in 1/35th scale! First is the Marder I 7.5cm Pak.40/1 auf Gw.Lr.s.(f) Sd.kfz.135! In order to combat the new Russian tanks with sloped armor such as the T-34, the Germans devised several new anti-tank weapons, including the Marder I. Using the chassis of captured French Lorraine 37L’s, the Germans mounted a large 75mm anti-tank gun on top. Also coming is a new kit of the brand-new Russian heavy infantry fighting vehicle, the T-15 Armata/Objekt 149! Rounding out the trio is a Husky Mk.III VMMD Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector!