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Korea, Japan model shop tour, insane amount of photos

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Korea, Japan model shop tour, insane amount of photos
Posted by elation on Thursday, March 09, 2017 7:25 PM

Not really a model shop tour, but I tried to visit some of them while I was there.

In korea.

First stop, about 15 min subway ride from where I stay, I happened to walk by it while I was in the mall for something else

The Gundam base

 

Another place

Just a small corner at a mall

 

Supermarket

At this mega supermarket in a toy section. Korea being home of Academy, you could find it everywhere. 

 

at an arts supply store

 

Hobby Factory

Mostly Gundams

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Posted by elation on Thursday, March 09, 2017 7:26 PM

Then I went over to Japan.

Tamiya products and other Japanese stuff were much cheaper in Korea than North America. And Japan, it was even cheaper. 

 

Yodobash Camera

in Kyoto

This is a multi level department store, and this floor dedicated to toys

I didn't buy anything but the Inintial D AE86. It was about $5

I should have shopped there more because when I went to Osaka, I didn't really have time to shop around, and this Yodobash place was pretty good. 

 

Also went to the camera level

 

Osaka

Kids Land

Found this place online and it was an amazing place, but for me, I had more things to buy at Yodobash camera.  I had a very little time to shop in Osaka

 

 

 

Volks

Just quickly ran in to take some photos

 

 

Others shops I didn't have time to go into

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Posted by elation on Thursday, March 09, 2017 7:37 PM

Sadly, The only thing I bought in Japan is this.

It was 2,380 Yen after a discount plus tax. That's $20.66 US.

At Tamiya Korea, it was 34,800 won and that's $30

Just checked Amazon, and it's $24 with free shipping lol.

But one bottle of acrylic paint was $1.72 in Korea. At least Double in Toronto where I am. Also spent $10CDN on a MarkSetter in Canada. It was only $3 CDN in Korea. :(

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Posted by jackball74 on Thursday, March 09, 2017 7:42 PM

Wow...

R.I.P. Orange Blossom Hobbies

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Posted by ecotec83 on Thursday, March 09, 2017 7:57 PM

I would run out of money if they had a stores like that locally. Especially the Tamiya store with aisles and aisles of products.  My local shop only has one double sided 20 foot rack of models, 1 tool rack and 4 paint racks. 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, March 09, 2017 8:08 PM

ecotec83

I would run out of money if they had a stores like that locally. Especially the Tamiya store with aisles and aisles of products.  My local shop only has one double sided 20 foot rack of models, 1 tool rack and 4 paint racks. 

 

Pffffttt.... I'd have to take out a 2nd, 3rd, maybe a 4th mortgage. LOL!

But, dayum! Screw the sightseeing, let's going shopping instead.

I'dlike to know how come we don't have hobby shops like them? LOL!

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, March 09, 2017 8:11 PM
They put our local hobby stores to shame.

 

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Posted by elation on Thursday, March 09, 2017 9:43 PM

If you guys like Academy products, Korea is the place to be.

At one of the shops, all 1/72 planes were $5-6US

1/48 F-22A was $26, 1/35 M1A1 $23, bought 1/72 B-17E for $18

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, March 09, 2017 9:51 PM

I would seriously blow SO MUCH money in places like that!  Thanks for sharing the pics!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/35 Tamiya Nashorn

On deck: 1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262

In the hole: Probably something in 1/35 scale!

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, March 10, 2017 8:34 AM

Not to mention how many packages you'd have to mail them home to the US.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, March 10, 2017 8:57 AM

tempestjohnny
They put our local hobby stores to shame.
 

There are probably more kits in those photos than all the kits in hobby shops across America...and we started the stupid hobby.

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Revell P-40B
1/25 Monogram 57 Chevy Bel Air
1/35 Italeri Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
1/144 Trumpeter Kawanishi H6K5-L Mavis

In Que

1/48 Italeri Hurricane Mk.1 Trop (waiting for new parts from Italy)

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, March 10, 2017 10:08 AM

Well;

   I am surprised to hear you say that !  According to archeologists , Miniatures of real objects have been found in tombs older than the Egyptian ones . So I don't think we started it . Maybe made it what it is now .

  T.B.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, March 10, 2017 10:32 AM

Sorry TB I should have been more specific.

I had thought the US was the main push for plastic kits. Yes scale models have been around since the start of man.

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Revell P-40B
1/25 Monogram 57 Chevy Bel Air
1/35 Italeri Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
1/144 Trumpeter Kawanishi H6K5-L Mavis

In Que

1/48 Italeri Hurricane Mk.1 Trop (waiting for new parts from Italy)

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, March 10, 2017 11:05 AM

3 words to describe those pics:

Model Kit Porn....

Sorry, I just couldn't resist. LOL!!!

 

Did any of the shops carried aftermarket items like canopies, wheels/gears, decals, etc...?

 

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Posted by Greg on Friday, March 10, 2017 11:14 AM

I drooled a little bit whilst scrolling through these pics.

-Greg

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 10, 2017 11:23 AM

WHHHHHOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I finally got the time to scroll though all your photos, thanks so much for sharing!!! It's like Disney World for modelers!!! 

 

I have to get over to Korea, Japan, Taiwon etc some day, I just don't want to do the ugly American thing since I don't know more than a dozen or so words in their languages. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:50 AM

Wow. That is insanely cool.

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:31 PM

Don't kid yourself, they all know enough english to do business, and (not sure about now, but) $$$ go along way to overcoming language barriers. Granted, it would be nice to haggle like a local.   Would hate to pay the duty on a mass but though.

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Posted by CaddMann05 on Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:20 PM

For sure on that! Dang, I'd be in hog heaven in a place like that. Smile Wow

Varity is the spice of life. Chef

caddmann05 Cowboy Geeked

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 12, 2017 8:14 AM

goldhammer

Don't kid yourself, they all know enough english to do business, and (not sure about now, but) $$$ go along way to overcoming language barriers. Granted, it would be nice to haggle like a local.   Would hate to pay the duty on a mass but though.

 

Lol, very true- I think the hand full of cash is the universal language... Wink

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:07 PM

This can be a useful role reversal test for our better halves. Since our wives always make us go to the store to "pick up a few things", let's send them there with our list to pick up at the store with SPECIFIC instructions like scale, kit manufacturer, type, paint colors by manufacturer; enamel, acrylic or lacquer, etc... LOL!

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Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:24 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

This can be a useful role reversal test for our better halves. Since our wives always make us go to the store to "pick up a few things", let's send them there with our list to pick up at the store with SPECIFIC instructions like scale, kit manufacturer, type, paint colors by manufacturer; enamel, acrylic or lacquer, etc... LOL!

 

 

I see you really don't understand what a happy marriage consists of just quite yet.  As long as the other half is happy, all is well.  Besides that, for every dollar they spend on your list they are likely to spend 10 on what they find.  And the costs of the divorce, not to mention no longer having a space to build, renders that point moot.  Nice to think and fantazie about that scenario thoughWhistling

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Posted by ridleusmc on Monday, March 13, 2017 2:11 AM

I worry about the future of our hobby.  It seems like local hobby shops keep going under as kids become more captivated by electronics.  However, seeing these photos make me think that the hobby is healthier than I thought, at least in Asia.   

And, WOW!

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Posted by elation on Monday, March 13, 2017 11:40 PM

Glad you guys enjoyed the photos.

Sadly, the number of hobby shops have dramitcally decreased in Korea compare to when I grew up in the 80-90's. I could walk to 3 different hobby shops when I was a kid, and there were small 4-5 stationary stores in the neighbourhood who carried many Academy model kits. I went back to the area and there were all gone.

But now a lot of people are building Gundams instead and those shops are much easy to find. I hace built one of those Bandai Master Grade gundam kits, and it was incredible. They fit 4 different colors into one runner. Never seen that in other kits. And everything was a tight fit. No glue needed, and all the body parts are movable.

 

North America is just too wide to have such model shops. You need a condensed population and easy transporation system to run places like these. Lower cost helps too to get younger crowds started. We don't have enough people to support big shops over here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, March 18, 2017 3:55 PM

If I was standing in any of those places, I'd have to paraphrase a well-known movie....

Is this Heaven?

No, it's Japan (or Korea) model shops.Big Smile

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:05 PM

Hello, like my monicar says I am an armor nut, however I do have a soft spot for Formula 1, and Le Mans race cars. The ones you show in your pix are they 1/12 scale? Ate they static models or R/C? Man, if they're static I'm going there with a pocket full of cash. Thank you.

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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:27 PM

Wow.  Just wow.  I haven't seen model stores like that in years.  Drool.

John

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Posted by elation on Monday, March 20, 2017 5:18 AM

armornut

Hello, like my monicar says I am an armor nut, however I do have a soft spot for Formula 1, and Le Mans race cars. The ones you show in your pix are they 1/12 scale? Ate they static models or R/C? Man, if they're static I'm going there with a pocket full of cash. Thank you.

 

 

ya. Metal body 1/12 or 1/18

That Leman Porsche is $430 US

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Posted by armornut on Monday, March 20, 2017 8:09 AM

Ouch quit itZip it! thats a yad more than I need to spend. Who knows though I have been known to go on a styrene bender now and again. Thanks for the info.

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