Friday, March 31, 2006
New Dioramas are available for download at the TOMYTEC site!
also don't forget these older postings:
TakaraTomy - WorldTankMuseum
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
A range of Aircraft released on 27.02.2006 in Japan
From what I can tell these are claimed to be 1/144
An interesting set!
but why is the DH88 Blue and not RED!!! - well it sees the dh88 is in "FIRE" Drink company colours not the classic world racer red!
Seem to be some link between 2x "coffe drinks" and 1x airplane!
Spirit of St Louis
Sunday, March 26, 2006
I think these are the specials......? (Pictures when available)
Zero game 21 type (pearl harbor)
Zero Sea Place (gray paint)
1/144 Bandai Wing Club L4 - Release Japan 28/March/06
The special aircraft are as follows - Pictures soon:
SP1. The fighter plane on the Mitsubishi zero type warship (Drab GREEN USA!! version!!) S
SP2. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 F (coloring it is different) (aaarrrhhh.... another desert version with "white" nose - the standard items has "black nose")
SP3. North American F -86 the F saber ( JAPANESE JASDF Version!)
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
This is so cool!
I did not expect to get this when i bid last month, I thought there would be demand for such an unusual item... bit no!
Whilst i love special tank kits, I think this is a nice kit too - makes a refreshing change from the usual products!
2x VW Bettle cars plus a assmebly line and crane unit!
I think I will build it as it was meant, but if you had two of these there would be a temptaion to split the VW's off to make Military versions and use the factory as a "production line" for Panzer I or Panzer II - The crane could be used to add the turrets to a tank?
I have seen these items talked about on the 1/144 Mini Armour Forum http://p208.ezboard.com/b144miniarmour
There is a company that sells small scale METAL aircraft for £1.50 (2 or 3 USD?)
I think that "TOYWAY" is not the manufactuere but the UK importer, i would think these items maybe sold around the world with different brand names?
I have now found some, there are not perfect scale models and I imagine them to be sold in small shops as "pocket money" toys for children.
TOYWAY like FURUTA and MICROMACHINES (and arguably some of the cheaper CORGI ranges) vary the scale of the item to "fit" the packaging. Looking at the the range of TOYWAY I would say this is the same! There is one size package from Ho229 to B-52!! I think that meand the b-52 etc maybe heading towards 1/700?? (to be honest this is just a guess based upon TAKARA packets and ranges)
When I saw the Me262 had a look and put it back, but when i saw the Horten I bought both after all, I nearly bought a Russian Yak (The aircraft - not the moose!) but I thought I would check the scale and quality when I got home.
The Horten is a little too small for 1/144 and its wings are slightly elongated compared to the 1/144 POPY Horten 229. You could maybe argue they are not meant to be quite the same item in which case the longer thiner wings and the slightly shorter fuselage is Ok? If it is meant to be the same models it probably equated to the TOYWAY being 1/150? - I would need to verify the measurements and convert to scale the various original Horten aircraft dimensions.
The Me262 is again a bit too big all over, by about 5mm here and there which begin to add up, maybe it is @1/130?
The quality isnt that bad considering how cheap these items are, would they make an acceptable "collection" maybe... the paint work is fine, the cockpit/canopies are "blacked out" the molding that is there is clean although one or two obviousl joins, the landing gear is the worst part and looks like "MICROMACHINES" bulky struts.
The hardcore purist would say no and certainly they would look the poor realtion in a CORGI aircreaft collection, but as one of two pieces to fill a hole in your TAKARA, BANDAI, FTOYS collection then yes, if you collect FURUTA then this is a good match and if you collect MICROMACHINES imagine you would be very happy with these items.
In summary, i think the best match is a metal version of FURUTA?
1/144 TAKARA Me262 and 1/144 POPY Ho229 used for comparisons!
HLJ are selling one of the two sets and they are they ones i have bought, i havent shown them all here but you get the idea!
note that the "road" scene shown here uses 2x road tiles, and before anyone point out a problem with the crazy taxi divers... Japan and the UK drive on the same side of the road ( i.e "left hand drive" )
Note: The Taxi's shown are from one of the TOMYTEC series - oddly I couldnt find these still available in Japan and ended up buying them from a company in Germany!
here are some items arrived today!
"Cafe Reo" Diorama coasters... (Moon Version)
"PRO-HOBBY" MGS-8-SS (Pz.I Munitions Carrier) - Metal Cast Version
"PRO-HOBBY" MGS-7-SS (Pz.I ) - Metal Cast Version
The diorama coasters are nice, just about big enough for a small iem.
Cleverly for larger items you will need to buy 2-4 to make a good size base.
note: picture of moon taken from http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/moon.html
Monday, March 20, 2006
Following on from my original report - I have been so stupid!!!
of course these items had been shown at the WF2006 !!
please see first link!! - scroll down and there are pictures of the IL-2 7 the "JUDY"
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Not exactly new anymore, but here are some nice sets of German figures from prohobby.
A set or Marching Soldiers and a set of "action" poses.
The action poses has a more detailed paint work.
The marching soldiers can be used for diorama work?
I think "ZEEK" of the "Project 144" assocaition has provided the master models for these items, sadly i cant quite find his web site at the moment.... I know its out there in a link i have somewhere!?
the site is in Japanese, however with the help of Google translate you can find your way around
Thursday, March 16, 2006
1/144 World Tank Museum #9 1 Box (10pcs) by SUBARUDO!!!
Interesting, the WTM9 series has been spotted available for preorder and with new photographs.
A very interesting point is that these are no longer sold as "TAKARA" but "SUBARUDO".
This seems to have taken effect since the Merger of TAKARA & TOMY
See the new "official" SUBARUDO World Tank Museum Pages!
This rebranding seem to have been carried through to the retailers who now list this item under the new product name.
This could be a move distinguish "trading figures" from the core toy business and the "CHOCO-Q" range of products also now lives with this brand!
2006/03/16) Fトイズ 1/144 WWⅡウォーバードコレクション 2006/05/下予定 予約受付開始
1/144 "WWII Warbird Volume " (F-Toys?)
This series has come out of the blue??
Due for sale in Japan 2006/05!
I think it might be F-Toys????
(a) due to the distribution of items vs specials
(b) F-Toys usually have fresh ideas when producing items!
8 "Types" + 4 Secret - similar to F-Toys twin engine perhaps?
10 items per box
2x Type - Japanese plane.
2x Type - Italian Mc 202 (Macchi).
2x Type - German Heinkel He-100.
2x Type - Russian IL-2M3 Sturmovik.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
thought you might like to see these?
Pithead Sdkfz 10 Tractor (1/150)*
Pendraken Nebelwerfer (smaller version) + associated 3 mn crew (10mmPendraken)*
Pedraken AA emplacment. (10mm)
"Emperor's" Nebelwerfer (Larger Version) (1/160)* - I like this a lot - the all over detail is fantastic - perhaps need a little more dept on the tubes at the front? Can be configured to be in "tow" mode, but wouldn't recommend you switch between towed vs deployed much
* - scale as stated by manufacturer/vendor
Here is a simple representation of the M109a6 Paladin from the Dragon Panzer Korps Series (no. 26).
I actually bought this series by mistake I wanted the one with the British AS90 SPG! I must pay more attention on e-bay.... Still, there is not point wasting these items so I decided to try some "desert" scene painting. These color is a little washed out on the photos as its a shade darker in real life, also the camera also shows up and highlight items you dont see with the naked eye!