Thursday, May 3, 2012


SMN report:
Last year’s Shizuoka Hobby Show was held not long after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, so let's extend good wishes to Japan and for no similar shadow over the show this year. The doors are open for the 51st Hobby Show on May 17-20, and it’s a biggie, held in Shizuoka, the self-styled Japanese ‘Hobby City’.

Huge event
The four-day event means a massive celebration of toys, hobbies, and models, with display stands for hundreds of companies. For SMN readers, the interest will span such brands as Aoshima, Bandai, Doyusha, Fine Molds, Hasegawa, Tamiya, and many more besides. 

Learn with Tamiya
Among the draws for show goers will be Tamiya’s skill zone, where younger modelmakers can assemble kits and learn tips and tricks for better modelmaking. There’ll be displays aplenty of assembled kits to make you drool, and of course, all the latest stuff will be on display. 

Robots on the march
We’ll be fascinated to see how the Japanese love affair (OK, obsession) with robots continues. The Gunpla shown here was a newbie in 2011, and there will doubtless be many more at this year’s show.

We'll be reporting on releases at the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2012. Meantime you can visit here.

Plenty of visitors at the 2011 Shizuoka Hobby Show.

Neat line drawing gives an idea of the wide range of models on display.