Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018 Sneak Peek
Floor images from Shizuoka Hobby Show 2017

Tons of New Model Kits from Japan, Open for Preorder Now!

The 2018 Shizuoka Hobby Show is just around the corner, and we've got the scoop on the newest model kits from your favorite manufacturers!

From Aoshima, Fine Molds, Hasegawa and more, each manufacturer is giving us a sneak peek of the model kits they'll be presenting at the show. But that's not everything -- there will be plenty of surprises in store for us at the show too, so be sure to stay tuned to hlj.com as well as our Facebook and Twitter page when we cover the event on May 10th!

We're continuing to add info and photos of new items debuting at the show, so keep checking back!

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Hasegawa's kits making their debut at Shizuoka this year include an outstanding 1/72 VF-31F from "Macross Delta the Movie," with the Lildraken equipment and parts to build the wings and tail in different positions! Decals are also included for two versions: Hayate Immelman's ride, or the one flown by Messer Ihlefeld.

 

Also on tap is a new 1/24 Calsonic Skyline GTS-R (R31), which raced in the 1989 All Japan Touring Car Championship Group A division, driven by Hoshino Kazuyoshi and Kitano Yuan! This kit is based on thorough examinations of the actual vehicle!

 

Speaking of speed, check out Takeshi Hongo's Suzuki GT380B motorcycle as seen in "Kamen Rider"! The distinctive cowling on this speed machine is a completely new part!

 

The Wheel Loader ZW100-6 from Hitachi is a major player in construction, agriculture, the livestock industry, forestry, snow removal and more! Hasegawa's new kit of this powerhouse is a completely new mold based on close inspection of the actual machine, and features a vertically moving lift arm and rotating tires.

 

Finally, a 1/48 kit of the Focke-Wulf Fw190A-8/R8 that took part in Operation Bodenplatte, the German Air Force's final offensive during World War II! It features added armor plating and more powerful outer-wing guns, and new plastic parts abound in this outstanding kit!

 

 

The fastest way to a modeler's heart is through a great new tooling—and Aoshima has an array of them ready to wow the crowd at this year's Shizuoka Hobby Show!

 

Naval fans will welcome Aoshima's all-new 1/700-scale HMS Dorsetshire, torpedoer of the mighty Bismarck. The British heavy cruiser met her own end in the Imperial Navy's 1942 Indian Ocean raid, commemorated in this July release with an exhibit stand and a model of the 99-type naval bomb that sank her.

 

Another all-new tooling, the JGSDF Type 10 with Type 73 Extra-lage Type Semitrailer will bring Aoshima's 1/72 AFV series lineup even more military might. Featuring a slide-molded body, turret and gun barrel, as well as a movable turret and gun, it's slated for July release.

 

The latest Liberty Walk dazzler is also heading to fans' hands in July! From its eye-grabbing custom details to its 20-inch Forgiato Maglia wheels, the 1/24 LB Works R35 GT-R Type 1.5 is every inch a gotta-get. Helping keep July sizzling will be a pair of 1/24 tuned cars, the Genesis Auto DR30 Skyline '84 (Nissan) and RE Amemiya FC3S RX-7 '89 (Mazda), both custom marvels that promise to be satisfying builds.

 

Aoshima has also unveiled its 1/32-scale likeness of a dekotora (decorated truck) that's been a treat for the ears as well as the eyes on Japanese highways: wholesaler Noguchi Shoji's truck Meotomaru! Known for playing nostalgic enka songs from external speakers as it rumbles along, Meotomaru is a real-life dekotora star. The model Meotomaru features newly tooled speakers, roof rack, front bumper, and more. Watch for it in July!

 

 

Fine Molds brings us some classic IJN aircraft kits for this year's Hobby Show! Before the Zero, there was the Ka-14, also designed by the legendary Jiro Horikoshi. While prototype Ka-14s featured a few different designs, this kit from Fine Molds reproduces the type with an inverted gull wing, and a distinctive cowling. This is the first time this modification of the first prototype has been released as a 1/72 scale kit! The next exciting release is the IJN Type 96 Reconnaissance Aircraft 12. The Type 96 underwent improvements in 1942, and the result was the Type 96 Reconnaissance Aircraft 12, which could fly at greater speed than the original.

 

In addition to their new releases, they're also bringing back two old favorites: the 1/35 Type 97 Chi-Ha Medium Tank New Turret 47mm Cannon and the 1/35 Type 97 Chi-Ha Medium Tank Additional Armored Type.

 

 

Platz has a big lineup in store for us at this year's Shizuoka Hobby Show, including the JASDF FS-T2 Kai, an aircraft noted for connecting the Supersonic Mitsubishi T-2 and F-1! The 1/72 scale kit will feature new molding for the FS-T2 Kai's unique equipment, and includes silk screen printed decals by Cartograf.

 

The next kit takes us from historical to fantasy, with a new version of their popular Akuyaku #1 Short Gun Barrel Ver. tank from Hayao Miyazaki's Daydream Note collection. This limited edition version comes with three additional pig soldiers to display with your masterpiece. And if you already own the Akuyaku #1, the soldier figures can also be ordered separately, too! They're also bringing us a 1/35 scale kit of the Kettenkrad from the dystopian anime series "Girls' Last Tour," which includes figures of Chito and Yuuri so they can ride their favorite post-apocalyptic mode of transportation after you build it!

 

There's much more on the horizon, with the 1/72 Airline Model Special Series MiG-29 (9.13) Fulcrum C, the 1/144 Flying Color Selection AV8B Harrier II (2pcs), as well as new additions to their 1/12 Bonsai series, and other excellent kits, so be sure to check out the full list!

 

 

Tamiya will also be at the Shizuoka Hobby Show this year with several new-tool kits!

 

First up is the US Light Tank M3 Stuart as a late-production version. This new Stuart will replace Tamiya's nearly 45-year-old Stuart kit. With new details and crisp new molding, this 1/35th scale Stuart is sure to be a winner!

 

1/48th-scale armor modeling fans will have something to look forward to as well from Tamiya. The British Churchill Mk.VII Crocodile has been available as a 1/35th-scale kit for a while, and now Tamiya is downsizing it to 1/48! The Crocodile variant of the Churchill is notable for replacing the machine gun with a flame thrower, and adding a trailer to hold the fuel for the flame thrower!

 

Racing into stock this May is the new Mach-Bullet Mini 4WD car! Based on the lightweight VS chassis, the Mach-Bullet's body design harkens back to an era of classic open-wheel race cars! This new racer will also come with a pre-painted driver figure.

 

If new armor kits or Mini 4WD don't float your boat, then perhaps this next one will catch your attention! From the Japanese military manga "Kubo Ibuki" (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) comes the namesake of the manga series, the Aircraft Carrier Ibuki in 1/700th scale from Tamiya! Unlike the real life Izumo-class "helicopter destroyers," the Ibuki features a ski jump on the port bow to facilitate easier vertical takeoff flight operations!

 

"Cat-ching" up to the end of the list is another Mini 4WD car, the JR Cat Racer! Just like a real cat, this one is sure to be quite fast and agile as it speeds around the racetrack!

 

 

As always, Meng will showcase a great selection of fantastic new kits at the show, including their new limited edition King Tiger with "Porsche Turret" kit, a Panther D kit produced in cooperation with the Bovington Museum in the UK, some more fun 'n' easy World War Toons and Warship Builder "super-deformed" kits, and more!

 

 

Takom's selection of fine kits keeps growing, further cementing their position as one of the top manufacturers in the world of scale models! On display at the show will be their all-new Panther A with zimmerit coating, the cool and unusual Bv206S Articulated Armored Personnel carrier, the mid-production version of the US M3 Lee medium tank, and the initial kit in Takom's foray into 1/72 military modelling, the German V2 rocket with launcher and tractor!

 

 

Doyusha's upcoming new offerings include a 1/700 kit of the legendary aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise, buildable as either a waterline or full-hull kit and including aircraft! Their new King Tiger with a Henschel turret features interlocking assembled tracks and photo-etched parts for a superb level of detail, and their B-29A Enola Gay comes with high-quality decals by Cartograf! And Doyusha's 1/32 Kawanishi K5Y2 (Willow) Akatombo Seaplane is being re-released for the first time in ten years, also accompanied by Cartograf decals! For sheer fun, nothing beats their Tornado Monster Blue action buggy, with its unique shape and big front tires that let it run on just about anything—even gravel!

 

 

The 1/72 military kits keep on rolling in from ModelCollect, as do the aircraft kits! Their assertively sized, highly popular B-2A is now on sale, and the B-52 series is coming very soon ... test shots should be at the show. Don't miss the massive P.1000 Ratte "Land Cruiser" -- one of the largest armored vehicles to have ever been designed! And their kit of the Austratt Fort coastal artillery site in Norway, with the Caeser turret from the German battleship Gneisenau, will be a truly unique addition to your lineup!

 

 

Eduard's all newly-tooled 1/72 kit of the modernized export version of the MiG-21MF is a jewel to behold, with photo-etched parts and decals for aircraft flown by five nations! A pair of "Afrikan" Bf109s with photo-etched parts, masking stickers and a total of 12 sets of markings for the two planes join a WWI Albatros D.V in 1/48 with five markings options to round out some great May releases.

 

 

This new maker exploded on the scene with their excellent kit of the Montana in 1/700 scale, and have been releasing great kits one after the other ever since! On display at the show will be the new 1/350 Missouri, plus the 1/350 Iowa and the 1/700 Louisiana. All these kits come with photo-etched parts for the highest level of detail possible!

 

 

Here come hot new items from Special Hobby of the Czech Republic! Leading the way are an electronic warfare "Stor-Viggen" aircraft in 1/48 scale, a muscular 1/32 Tempest Mk. VI, and a 1/72-scale sleek Mirage F.1 EQ/ED. Add in a snappy, completely new mold 1/72 Dornier Do 27 and a funky Lloyd C. V Series 82 biplane in 1/48 scale, and you've got some special hobby going on there!

 

 

Dora Wings of the Ukraine has been releasing a gaggle of wonderful aircraft kits these days, and there'll be a wide selection on display at the show. Watch for their 1/48-scale distinctive Gee Bee racing aircraft (the R1 and R2), a brace of King Cobras in the same scale (single- and double-seat versions, each with plenty of decals and options), and much more!

 

 

Gecko has a new lineup of 1/35 British WWII cruiser tanks sure to make military modelers happy! Includes the Mk.IIA (A10), A10 Mk I, and A10 Mk. 1A, all of which were a bit too heavy for their classification, so were considered heavy cruisers; they were only made in low numbers and saw limited use in the early days of the war. Gecko is also debuting a 1/35 figure set of a WWII British machine gun team as seen in northwest Europe -- perfect for accompanying any or all of the above tanks in your newest diorama!

 

Other Manufacturers

 

Other manufacturers to watch out for this year include ICM, who's bringing a wide array of military figures to enliven your dioramas, including a set of German Drivers (1939-1945), along with various heavy armor in different scales, such as the Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.A with German Infantry; and Italieri shows off their beautiful new 1/12 Alfa Romeo 179/179C of the F1 Grand Prix machine from 1979 to 1981 -- a must for all Alfa Romeo fans! In sci-fi news, MPC provides us with an outstandingly detailed and painstakingly researched kit of the Hawk IX from "Space: 1999", and Polar Lights has a two-kit set on the way of the U.S.S. Grissom and a Klingon Bird of Prey as seen in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"!