String Of New Releases From Woodland Scenics Due Out In April

N-Woodland-Scenics-Built-and-Ready-Ds-DinerWoodland Scenics has announced a new assortment of Landmark Structures kits and models for both HO and N Scale model train layouts. Six new products are due out in April; four Landmark Structures Building Kits and two Built-&-Ready Landmark Structures. The Landmark Structures Building Kits can be put together quickly and can either be customized by the builder or with the included dry transfer decals, window treatment options and scene setting details. The Landmark Structures Building Kits come fully assembled and painted and feature a detailed and realistically weathered look. The Landmark Structures slated for release in April include the  N Scale D’s Diner Building Kit (pictured above), as well as:Read More »

A Rally Layout Built On A Rally Car

Citroen DS3 Rally Scale Model French automaker Citroen and rally driver Sébastien Loeb have achieved an amazing amount of success in the World Rally Championship. To celebrate its racing triumph with Loeb, Citroen commissioned a 1:43 scale model layout of a rally built atop one of its DS3 vehicle, the model which is currently used in races. Built over two months by Kieron Barter of British design company, Funky Lemon, the layout features sections of the race course that consist of snow, ice, gravel, dirt, sand as well as tarmac. First displayed at the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the DS3 along with its rooftop layout will be put on display at various other locations as well.Read More »

Kato to Offer Up New E6 Shinkansen N Scale Model Train

Kato N Scale E6 Super Komachi Shinkansen

Japanese model train manufacturer Kato will be making available a N Scale model of the E6 series Shinkansen during early March. The E6 is the newest high-speed train to be put into service on Japan’s storied rail network and will be operated by the East Japan Railway Company on the Komachi service, which comprises the line between Tokyo and Akita, Japan. Much like the actual train, the model from Kato also features a tilting mechanism for use on turns on the track. For more information about the E6 Shinkansen model, visit its official page.

New Commemorative N Scale 200 Series Shinkansen Released By Tomix

Tomix 200 JR set system (In Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the opening Omiya Tohoku Shinkansen)

Japanese model train manufacturer Tomix has released a commemorative 10 car set of the 200 Series Shinkansen modeled in N Scale. The commemorative set marks the 30th anniversary of the train first entering into service on the route between Omiya and Morioka, Japan. First entering service in 1982 for Japanese National Railways, the train was utilized by East Japan Railway Company starting 1987. After celebrating its 30th anniversary on June 23rd, 2012, the 200 series Shinkansen is set to retire in March, 2013. The 10 car set will be available in a limited edition and priced at ¥31,200, or about $338.

The World’s Smallest Model Train

T-Scale Gauge Train On FingerWith a scale ratio of 1:450, Japanese firm Eishindo‘s T gauge model trains are the smallest in the world. Many model train scales are relatively small but Eishindo takes miniature to an whole new level. The T Gauge trains are so small in fact that they can sit on the tip of your finger! The track gauge (distance between the two rails of a track) is a miniscule 3 millimeters.Read More »

Bandai Releases Model Kit of Antarctic Exploration Vessel Soya

Bandai Super Alloy Model Kit Soya

First announced in September 2012, Bandai’s zinc alloy model of the Soya, an Antarctic exploration vessel, is now available. The 1:250 scale model of the Soya stands more than 6 inches tall and nearly 14 inches long. Included with the ship are an Ice covered sea display stand, vehicles, airplanes, 30 figures and 22 dogs among other accessories. Officially called the Adult’s super alloy–Antarctica observation ship Soya, the model kit is based upon a vessel originally built in 1938 that was originally used in World War II as a supply vessel and later, in 1956, became fitted as a ice-breaker for use in Antarctic expeditions. Bandai hopes to sell 3000 units of the Soya model kit, which is priced at ¥49,350/$532.00.

Source: Asahi Shimbun, Tamshii Nations

A Puzzling Pencil

Varacil Mechanical Pencil Plastic Puzzle Kit

Scale model kits often depict military hardware or robots from popular Anime, but Japanese firm As If Toy has produced a kit that is in a league of its own. As If’s Varacil Mechanical Pencil Plastic Puzzle Kit is a model kit that allows for the building of a 1:1 scale functioning pencil. The kit consists of 22 pieces and takes a little under an hour to put together. The pencil uses 0.5mm lead but it cannot be used for heavy duty writing due to its fragility. The Pencil kit first became available in June and is priced at ¥945 or roughly $10.75.

Source: Rocket News 24