Let’s Build! Capsule Toy Machine

Hi, today’s 「Let’s Build!」will feature Hasegawa Hobby Kit’s Capsule Toy Machine/カプセルトイマシン.

This is 1/12 scale model, other words, made to fit in well with 6 inch figures.  I got it in Akihabara from Yodobashi Camera for 855 yen.

The model comes with two blue colored sprues, two white colored sprues, two clear plastic sprues, a bag of multicolored capsule balls, information sheet and  a paper card to cut the inserts for the capsule machine and price labels.  Interestingly, instructions are on the back.  They are written in English and Japanese.
The instructions mention the use of glue/cement, but do not indicate where to glue.  The vast majority of the model feels like it was designed to merely snap together.


I painted the blue and white sprues with corresponding Tamiya spray paints.
The model gives you the option for having the machines sit side by side or on top of each other.  I chose to build the vertically.

The first machine came out great.  The clear plastic was a little loose and I think it needed a bit of plastic cement.  The next one, had some difficulty getting the blue and white parts to sit flush.  When putting them on top of each other, it looked pretty good.

*Note: Mugen (the lower machine is labeled “MUGEN LOOP”) means infinite.  Its a model of a machine with a model of the same machine inside.

Let’s Build! Warhammer 40,000 Necron Imortals (Deathmarks)

As a JET teacher in Japan during summer vacation, I don’t have any students and my office work is caught up.  So with my free-time [] I will assemble another model in my 「Let’s Build!」series.

Today I’ll be taking a look at the Warhammer 40,000 Necron Immortals/Deathmarks kit put out by Games Workshop.


This kit comes with two grey plastic sprues, five 25mm round bases, decal sheet and instructions.  It gives you the parts to build five models of 1 of 3 types, Immortals with Tesla Carbines, Immortals with Gauss Blasters or Necron Deathmarks.

For this kit I’ve chosen to assemble the Deathmarks.  An elite slot with a sniper role in a battle forged 40K army.


My first step after removing the leg parts from the sprue and sanding/shaving down the parting line, is to glue the legs to the base.


Next I assembled the torso pieces.  You can notice here that the shoulder shows quite a seem when assembled.  This is characteristic with Necron models.  I rarely use putty or green stuff on individual figures, so I just sanded it down as best as possible to reduce the seem.


The assembly for these models is nearly complete.  However, I did not yet add the head as the cowl on the figure would make it really difficult for me to prime.  On these figures I will paint the models at a different date and add the head as the final step.


Thanks for stopping by.

Let’s Build! Little Armory MP7A1

Today’s review is from the Little Armory line, by TOMYTEC.


Today we’ll be taking a look at the MP7A1 PDW (Personal Defense Weapon).  The model cost me 990 JPY and is widely available at hobby shops in Tokyo.  I got this one from Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara.


Contents includes three black, plastic sprues and instructions.


The kit comes with parts to make two guns, one with extended forward grip and stock, the other with collapsed grip and stock.  It come with two sets of iron sights, one flipped down, one flipped up.  It also comes with a PEQ unit, removable suppressor and dot sight.  It comes with 4 magazines, two to be inserted into the gun, two that are for display purposes only, and will not fit inside the model.


Most of these accessories can be put in any combination on the guns.  While they will loosely fit without glue, they are too loose to stay fixed onto the model without glue.  The PEQ unit and suppressor, however, can fit without the need for glue and can be removed or added at any time.


The plastic sculpt is very good and other than parting lines and rough areas where removed from the sprue, require little sanding or shaving.

To assemble this kit, I used Tamiya’s extra thin cement, nippers, tweezers, and hobby knife.


When it comes to interacting with figma figures, I only have Kirino to use as an example.  I noticed that because of her slight frame, posting with the stock extended is a little hard as the arm length makes some poses difficult.  Another issue is that because of the size of the pistol grip, Kirino has a hard time maintaining her grip on the MP7.  It also tends to stretch out her hand piece.  Since the plastic is soft, it shouldn’t permanently alter the plastic in a negative way, but I still wouldn’t display her with the MP7 over a long period of time.





Olympic illumination in Japan

So for the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Skytree continues its trend of special illuminations.

The standard illumination during the games rotates between white and red for the Japanese flag (日の丸):


And yellow and green for the Brazilian flag:

But on days when Japan has won a Gold Medal, they illuminate the Skytree in gold:

Gold Medal Skytree

No silver or bronze.  Guess Japan is win or go home.
Its neat to think that I might see they games in 4 years from now.  That is, after all, why the JET Program has expanded to Tokyo.