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Where do these Japanese products get these strange names from?

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Where do these Japanese products get these strange names from?
Posted by MikeV on Sunday, December 28, 2003 9:05 PM
With product names like "Dr. Microtool Putty", "Mr. Surfacer", "Mr. White Putty" and others, It makes you wonder who came up with these names and why?
Or am I missing something in the name?
I believe these are all from the Gunze line of products aren't they?

Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 11:12 PM
Actually the owning company is called "Mr. Hobby", this should also answer your question.
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Posted by MikeV on Sunday, December 28, 2003 11:36 PM
Thanks MMF, that would make more sense. I thought it was a brand name and not a company name. Big Smile [:D]

Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by mark956 on Sunday, December 28, 2003 11:53 PM
I have not used Gunze and Mr hobby products before are they any good?
mark956
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 29, 2003 12:11 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by mark956

I have not used Gunze and Mr hobby products before are they any good?
mark956


I am VERY happy with their products.

[edit]
Sorry, son just woke up from nap and needed attention.

There are multiple reasons why I am happy with their products:
1) Availability
2) Ease of use
3) Cost performance

When I came to Japan like many I tried to get hold of and work with products that I was familiar with (Humbrol, Milliput, etc), and only later on when I ran into problems that I went for the locally available stuff.

I found their stuff to be on par if not at a higher level for the local conditions, looking at my work desk dominant companies are Gunze, Wave, Tamiya & Modellers.

I also found that many Japanese companies go a step further and produce things like pre-thinned putty and so on, which is a blessing for us who are time and space limited.
There are still a few areas where I prefer overseas products (Alclad II, etc).

My advise go with whatever is available locally, test overseas products and use a combination that works best for you.
Example:
Humbroll takes a long time to dry(days, japan has high humidity), whereas Gunze dries within 30~120 minutes and I can lay the next colour on top of it.
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  • From: Tochigi, Japan
Posted by J-Hulk on Monday, December 29, 2003 11:08 AM
Mike, if you think those product names are strange, you' d love some of the names given to other mainstream products!

Crunky chocolate...Melty Kiss chocolate...Toilet Duck bathroom cleaner...Pocari Sweat athletic drink...
Even cars: the Suzuki 'Let's" and "We've."

MMF, I'm sure you've got some favorites, too!

By the way, I love Gunze's stuff, too.
~Brian
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Posted by MikeV on Monday, December 29, 2003 11:37 AM
J-Hulk,

It sounds like a creative marketer could make some money in that country coming up with better names. Big Smile [:D]

Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 29, 2003 3:08 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by MikeV

J-Hulk,

It sounds like a creative marketer could make some money in that country coming up with better names. Big Smile [:D]

Mike


Go and visit www.engrish.com for more and better sampls of Japanese english and product names.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 29, 2003 3:11 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by J-Hulk

MMF, I'm sure you've got some favorites, too!


One of my favorites is when a local clothing shop starts their annual underwear sale " by the gram", first time I ever bough underwear that way.
Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by MikeV on Monday, December 29, 2003 4:06 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by MadModelFactory

Go and visit www.engrish.com for more and better sampls of Japanese english and product names.


Thanks MMF. I have seen that site before and it's hillarious.

Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 6:37 AM
You forgot Mr polishing compound 1100......
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