HERE'S AN EXCELLENT VIDEO UPDATE from Shizuoka, presented by Hobby Link Japan (HLJ). There is plenty to see on this half-hour video - from aircraft to tanks, they're all on view.
We're huge fans of Tamiya precision scale models, and the company's new 1:32 scale F4U Corsair looks terrific. This is the bubble-canopy version, and complements the Tamiya model of the earlier 'birdcage' aircraft.
One new kit that has us hooked - though it's slated for limited distribution - is the Skunk Model Works 1:48 scale F-16XL. This cranked-wing design was conceived to enhance the performance of the standard F-16 multi-role aircraft, but remained a test machine, more's the pity.
There are plenty of military kits on display at Shizuoka, with motorised tanks that are equipped with gearing that ensures a realistic motion.
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Video and stills courtesy HLJ. Visit them here.