Friday, November 23, 2007

Project 144


I found a couple links related to the latest Project 144. First one is from Fumi and the second one is from Obake blog and here is the official page. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Midnight Eagle Trailer


I just realised the "Midnight Eagle" movie will be released on Nov 23 in the US. probably on just a few selected cinemas. Anyway, here is the trailer.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Cafereo 1/144 JGSDF







This series has been rumored for a while and here is the official page from Cafereo. 6 types (1 green + 1 camo) plus one special so there are total 13 different types in this series.

Line up -
1. Type 90 MBT (again!)
2. Type 99 Ammunition Transport Vehicle
3. M110A2 203mm Self Propelled Gun
4. Construction Work Vehicle
5. Type 88 Surface to surface missile launcher
6. SUV
Secret : looks like another Type 90 to me.

Will be released in December



Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Doyusha 1/144 AH-64D


I finally found something interesting to talk about - the 1/144 AH-64D from Doyusha. I quite like choppers so this probably is the next item I'll buy after F-Toys Bi-planes. Release date - December.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Trucks from YSK


If you like the ambulance I posted yesterday, you probably like these trucks from YSK too.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Pro-hobby September Releases

Above are what scheduled to be released in September from Pro-hobby. The ambulance and fire truck look quite nice.







Thursday, August 30, 2007

F-Toys Bi-Plane Collection - Red Baron Albatros D.III


I'm still exciting about the F-Toys Bi-plane Collection. What special could be better than a Albatros D.III Special of "Red Baron" Manfred von Richthofen. I did a search in the web and I can't find any red D.III but a model of D.V as above but I think this should be pretty close to a D.III.

Here is the line up:

1. British Swordfish
2. Japan Type 93 Trainer
3. SPAD S.VII
4. Albatros D.III

Here are a couple more pictures from the web, a bigger picture of the back of the box:



And these from the latest model shows:


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

F-Toys Bi-Plane Collection



Long time no talk and I had some good time in the past few weeks as I spent sometime in South California with my family and I visited a couple model shops there. Will post some pictures later.

Above is the new Bi-plane Collection from F-Toys. I always love bi-planes so for sure I will buy this set. How about you?
Release date : Mid-November

Friday, July 27, 2007

Takara Midnight Eagle


Here is a new picture of this series. The B-5 Midnight Eagle used in the movie is just a B-2 Bomber and should not be 1/144.

Release date : Mid-November

Furuta Combat Vehicle

The above gashapon tanks from Furuta will be released in Japan on Sept 17. But it seems these are non-scale items which you may get a Japan Hummvee which is the same size as the M1.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Takara 1/144 "Midnight Eagle" Trading Kits


Takara has just announced in this November, they are going to issued a new 1/144 trading kit set partnering with the movie "Midnight Eagle" - which is a stealth bomber coded B-5. Here are details:

Scale :1/144 (B-5 excluded.) All 10 different kits (9 + 1 hidden item)
1. F-15J (Komatsu base 8957)
2. F-15J (Komatsu base 8953)
3. F-15DJ (Komatsu base)
4. B-5 midnight eagle (the low profile painting)
5. B-5 midnight eagle (the WEZARINGU painting)
6. JGSDF UH-1+ Type 73 heavy truck (new)
7. JGSDF UH-1+ Type 73 heavy truck (older model)
8. JGSDF UH-1+ Type 73 medium truck and pickup truck
9. A set of 3 JGSDF Type 73 trucks (new)
10. Hidden

Most items have been issued in other releases before, such as the Type 73 trucks in "Japan Sinks", UH-1 and F-15J in other Takara or F-Toys issues. (They may be different than those from F-Toys though).

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Tokyo Toy Show 2007





Here are some pictures from the Tokyo Toy Show 2007. Not many military items and the above is one of the exceptions - the 1/144 LCAC which you probably have seen before. Looks pretty good but probably too big - storage becomes a big problem to me.


Updated: This link has a B-2 and it looks quite nice but too bad it's 1/120, not 1/144.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tomy Machinami Collection 7

This Tomy Machinami Collection 7 series look good as they are quite useful for a diorama.

Pro-hobby



Long time no talk as I was busy working on a project. Will announce it later when it's ready. Regarding the news, besides the JW3, not much to talk about as 1/144 has slowed down significantly in Japan. Except this company, Pro-hobby. Pro-hobby has just updated the site with some interesting pictures. You can find them here or here. They are not military related but just showing the 1/144 world can be more than just tanks and planes.




Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Dragon 1/144 B-1B



Dragon US has just posted this B-1B and I think it should still be pretty big even it's a 1/144. You shouldn't miss it if you collect planes.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Project 144

Fumi's blog has some interesting pictures from the latest "Project 144". Check them out here.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Another link on Shizuoka 2007



Here is another link to hobby.co.jp on Shizuoka 2007. Besides the Panzer Korp Tiger I's, I can't find anything else special on 1/144. The 1/72 Dragon Armor M4s as shown below look quite nice though. Please note the link has over 500 pictures so the page load may be slow.




Thursday, May 17, 2007

1/48 X-Wing


I haven't seen any 1/144 military kits so far and most interesting items to me are some new Gundams. But I like this X-Wings very much. However, I probably won't buy as I don't think I will build it anyway. I have a garage a un-built models already which my wife complains all the time.



Oops. I forgot the link. Here it is from Run Chickens.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Shizuoka Hobby Show

The show has just started today in Japan. I saw a couple Gundam's pictures and I'll keep you posted if there are any news on 1/144 scales.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

New Panzer Korp - Tiger I





It's not a surprise Dragon is going to release the new 1/144 Tiger I in kit form (Panzer Korp) before the Cando release. Unlike the Cando releases which are pre-painted, you will get 3 identical tanks (112, 141, 142) as you need to paint them yourselves. I will still buy the Cando version to complete my collection but I don't see any reason to buy these.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Finally. We have soldiers.





I know. I know. You may say we already have something from Trumpeter/Pegasus, Preiser, or CGD or some other metal wargaming figures. But these figures from Japan looks awesome. At least from the picture. Check here for details.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Targa 1/144 U-Boat





This 1/144 U-Boat Type VII-C looks very impressive with interior details and crews. Yen 4000 sounds reasonable too. 2 different paint schemes, camo and grey. And also it looks like a die cast model. Release date: Jun 25.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Windows Vista




Hi guys
Long time no talk as I was struggling with my new computer with Windows Vista installed. I know it's not advised to use such a new OS in the first few months, my old PC crashed every 30 minutes so I must buy a new one as it'a 5 years old machine.

If you're an ebay seller like me. Please be careful before you upgraded to Vista as I had waited for a while until ebay finally came up with a Beta version "ebay Lister" which some how fixed the bug with Vista. However, it's not fully functioning yet. Beware.

Anyway, no big news lately except there was a rumor in a Japanese site. If I understand correctly, probably it mentioned WTM 10 actually was on show in the Kaiyodo booth in WF2007 and probably behind doors also everyone saw them had signed a NDA (Non-disclosure Agreement). I don't know how much truth is that but that piece of message excited me already. It would be wonderful if anyone can provide more info.

I have many items need to load them into my ebay shop these 2 days as I haven't done that for a while due to the Vista problem, that's it for today and hope you like the above big bird 2 picture.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

OMG - Cando "new" Tiger I





Oh my god. It turns out the re-release of the Tiger Is from Dragon is not the worst news. What even worse is Dragon is so lack of imagination that it releases the same tanks with different decals. As you can see from the pictures, one is 141 and one is 142. I know these are early production tanks so the variations are limited but why picked this topic? I think we got similar tanks from WTM5 and you can buy a whole battalion of decals from a Japan seller to build a whole battalion. If Dragon wants to make this more attractive, why not just give us a tank with no decal and then provide a separate decal sheet similar to those from Panzer Korps. I think we will be more happy and someone may just want to buy it for the decal. BTW, what is that special? Is it the one for Operation Sea Lion?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Big Bird 2


I found a picture of the Big Bird 2 today. I probably will only buy the HE-111s. The others I probably will skip. Release date : Mid-May. Hope no more delay this time.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Takara News - March 07

This month, Takara News, quite a few coverages are on Votoms and there is a news about the next 1/700 submarines of JMSDF. Good, I can keep my money in my pocket.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

20000 Hits


Hi fellow bloggers


Let me celebrate this site reach 20000 hits couple hours ago. Last time it took 9 months to reach 10000 hits and this time it took 6 months to reach 20000 hits.

I would like to thank everyone who visited my site, especially everything seems so slow in the past few months.

Anyway, here is a piece I found quite interesting. Soar Art Workshop I think is the partner/affiliate of the Metal Troops as it seems they are promoting the same stuffs. In this site, they have a line up for 2007. Some interesting stuffs like FAMO or the British 25 pound field gun look very nice. But tanks like the Hetzer or Stugs III, I don't know how many people will pay US$20+ plus S&H to get one. I don't know it's new or not as I haven't checked this site for a while. I'm sorry if you have seen this before.

I have quite a few boxes to un-pack. Will post them later when they are ready.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

WF2007 Winter

As usual, not much news about military as this show focuses on figures. First set of pictures can be found from here and here. I like the Recovery Tanks and those BRDM2. Also, the Big Bird 2 look promising as well.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

WF2007 from Cafereo



Cafereo's site has a couple special items will be released in WF2007 this weekend (from JWing 1 & 2). Don't miss them if you're lucky enough in Japan to attend this event. It seems more samples from Big Bird 2 will be on display too. Big Bird 2 is the item which I have waited for months.

And Kung Hei Fat Choi if you also celebrate Chinese New Year like me.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

WWI from Pro-Hobby

Are you a fan of WWI armor? The upcoming releases from Pro-hobby are a series of 1/144 armors and guns. Look quite interesting but beside collectors, who else will buy them. May be wargamers can mix them with 12mm figures. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

WF2007 and more from Nuremberg



Couple updates today. First of all, Wonder Festival, as usual, F-Toys has a couple special planes for sales in WF 2007. If you like 1/144 planes, you shouldn't miss them as they will be pricey in a couple of months. Here is the link.

Recently, there are not much to talk about on 1/144. If you visit my blog long enough, you may know before I have started collecting 1/144 kits, I mostly collected AND built 1/72 models.

If you also like 1/72 kits, you should know we have a lot more options than, say 5 years ago. I think every 1/72 collectors are very happy today as we now have Dragon coming out quality kits every months. We also have very nice figures from Pegasus or Caeser. You don't need to pay $20+ to bid for a 10 years old ESCI kit. I think I may spend more time and money on 1/72 from now on. (Don't worry. I will keep posting 1/144 news or reviews as long as I get hold any of them).

Finally, here are 2 more links from Nuremburg Toy Fair. Very nice pictures. I think the Feldgendarmen from Preiser are very impressive. If you like 1/144 planes, there are quite a few new items on display.

ipmsdeutschland.de Link 1
ipmsdeutschland.de Link 2
http://www.smallscaleafv.com/ANG/Akce/TFN_2007.htm


Friday, February 02, 2007

Nurnberg Toy Fair


Dragon has posted some pictures from the show. No 1/144 armor but still worth a look. Check them out here.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Makino Models


I came across this site with very good 1/144 dioramas. Check it out. Very impressive.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Japan Sinks! - The Movie


I found the movie today but it's in Chinese sub. I don't know if it works or not but here is the torrent. Let me know if it doesn't work. Please note you need the BT program to load it.

Monday, January 22, 2007

N Scale from Tomytec and other news




Long time no talk. I have been very busy lately and when I had time, I need to create another blog for my son. By the way, there is not much to talk about lately except piece here and there. What interested me are some N scale figures and buildings from Tomytec. Their first releases of these are some farm houses and farmers which I don't think they are that much usful but these second releases look more promising.

The Wonder Festival 2007 Winter will be held in late February. I think you may see some info sneaking out before that but I think if there are any new announcements, they will be announced there.

The Obake blog has just updated with some interesting pages regarding his last visit of Japan, if you understand Chinese, please check them out here, here and here. I hope I can have a chance to go there again this year. Finger crossed.

Have you guys noticed I add the "Snap" function to my blog which you can preview what the link looks like before you click and I think it's pretty handy. Hope you like it too.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

1/144 AT VOTOMS


I think we saw these couple times. Takara has these in the latest press release. Click here or here for details.

Monday, January 01, 2007