Final coverage of the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015.
The event was much smaller than last year. Less booths, less space and less new products. The big RC planes and helicopter section from last year have vanished, and the model kits area has been reduced by at least 60%. The diecast part was also affected with the absence of Interallied, major player in the field with their 1/43 Hi-Story and 1/64 Oversteer (as well as many military and aviation model kits). Most of the products on display were repeat from last year and only Tomytec really brought new exciting stuff.
After a surprisingly good Japanese Classic Car Collection Series.1, F-Toys is working on the second Series. The Skyline 2000 Turbo RSX and the Honda NSX.
Many pictures from the Ignition Model booth, because it was worth it. Very tiny but packed with the most detailed 1/43 scale cars and beautiful 1/18 scale. The small Japanese company found its audience and is releasing more and more gems.
With a level of detail and overall quality only matched by Ignition, MakeUp booth is always a delight with their Eidolon and Vision 1/43 lines. Beautiful Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin and more.
The historic maker has obviously some difficulties at the moment. Their booth was exactly the same as last year, with the same “coming soon” cars still to be released. Except the 2014 Super GT cars, nothing was new and it’s worrying.
The Japanese brand launched 2 years ago changed their mind. They initially produced high-end 1/43 but this year their lineup is mostly made of cheaper mid-range cars.
It seems like they are using existing molds from Kyosho or Ebbro, but no confirmation on this. Their 1/18 scale line however remain the same with the addition of the Lexus LFA.
Nothing new on the Gulliver booth either, but the Century Dragon 1/43 scale Jaguar and BMW are always good to look at.
Just as last year, the main activity on the AutoArt booth was a 1000 yen game to win various items. And a few 1/18 scale cars were on display too.
Many 1/64 Porsche 991 from the Spark Team running the Carrera Cup Asia were on display to promote the Kid’s Colouring Competition.
The plain white version and the blue version from the 2015 race in Shangai are on sale exclusively at Spark shops.
The green version from last race in Korea was also on display, but no indication on an eventual release.
Spark revealed their first 1/64 F1 : the Infinity Redbull RB11.
And of course many 1/43 scale models.
Let’s hope for a better edition of the Shizuoka Hobby Show next year !