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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject: Japanese Secret Base Model Kits from the 60s, 70s, 80s Reply with quote

Hi Gang!

It's been a while since I've posted, but I wanted to say hello. I've got a new obsession, which is almost as expensive as Androids.

I've been collecting secret base model kits from the 60s - 80s. Usually, they come with a crummy plastic base which always seems to be an island. Some islands have buildings and spring loaded ships that come out of doors or rocket launchers. One of the weirdest is a robot theme park from a series called Daioja.

Is anyone else into these? If you've never seen them, they are lots of fun and I included some photos. I pulled the pics from a fab site called japansuperfantasticmodel.com.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look to be inspired very much by Tracy Island in Thunderbirds. I hadn't come across these before. Have you been building the kits, or just collecting them to keep MIB? Got any pics of them built?

The blue jet in the bottom one looks a bit like the jet that Giant Acroyear converts into.

The asteroid is nice, but it seems to be subject to the gravity of a larger planet.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The blue jet in the bottom one looks a bit like the jet that Giant Acroyear converts into.



Hypno, please tell me you know what that blue ship is from!

What scale are these kits in? I'd imagine they'd be similar to building an aircraft carrier kit. With tiny planes and such. Definitely a cool display piece if done well.

What's that ship from, Hypno? Come on!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:59 pm    Post subject: Secret Bases Reply with quote

Red_2 wrote:
hypnotator wrote:


The blue jet in the bottom one looks a bit like the jet that Giant Acroyear converts into.



Hypno, please tell me you know what that blue ship is from!

What scale are these kits in? I'd imagine they'd be similar to building an aircraft carrier kit. With tiny planes and such. Definitely a cool display piece if done well.

What's that ship from, Hypno? Come on!


You are totally right about the Tracy Island (Thunderbirds) kit as being one of the more popular secret base models. That one has been reissued many times. Some of them were motorized. From what I understand, the early ones were quite big.

I'm not sure about the scale of the Mighty Jack (top) or the Gatchaman (bottom) models. I just purchased them, so I am eager to see what arrives. I hope that they aren't too tiny. The bottom model is from Gatchaman, also called G-Force and Battle Of The Planets to English speakers.

The middle model is 1 of 2, Daioja Body and Daioja Body. These models are relatively small. I'd say the base is about 7 inches long and 5 inches wide.

I haven't built them yet. I've just started one. I don't plan to paint them conventionally. I'm going to do a more monochrome scheme.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: a few more cool kits Reply with quote




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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool stuff!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:56 pm    Post subject: and some more bases Reply with quote




The kit above is a newer one (moon base) from the Gerry Anderson UFO series

Space 1999 moon base kit from the U.S. I like this one!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those look great, I'd love to see more pics of built up ones. What level of model building skill do they require?

Hypno? Seriously?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:36 pm    Post subject: skill for models Reply with quote

I think that most of the secret base models were created for younger kids to build, so I believe that the skill level is pretty basic.

I may have to do a little bit of sanding, puttying and gluing, but nothing too terrible beyond that.

Here is an auction for an Ultraman Mac base. The pieces are a bit unusual, because they are clear, but this will give you a better idea of size:
https://auction.jp.msn.com/item/113958950
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those things are cool, but I must admit I appreciate the box art more
than the kits!
I have a japanese book featuring the artist who did this work.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BAZ wrote:
Those things are cool, but I must admit I appreciate the box art more
than the kits!
I have a japanese book featuring the artist who did this work.


Neat! Is it a difficult book to get? Do you know what it's called? I'd love to track down a copy!

You're right about the models. They are a bit warped and wonky, but that can be fun.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooops!!
My mistake, the artist I like DID do the Gerry Anderson stuff, Kamen Rider and some Mazinger.
But none you show here.
Here's the cover
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BAZ wrote:
Ooops!!
My mistake, the artist I like DID do the Gerry Anderson stuff, Kamen Rider and some Mazinger.
But none you show here.
Here's the cover


Beautiful book! Thanks Baz. I'm going cross eyed trying to figure out how to find it, but a pic is a great start.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:12 pm    Post subject: Shigeru Komatsuzaki - Japanese Model Kit Box Artist Reply with quote

If anyone else is interested, I've discovered the name of one of the most famous Japanese model kit box artists - Shigeru Komatsuzaki. Apparently, there are quite a few books available from this fellow.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%B0%8F%E6%9D%BE%E5%B4%8E%E8%8C%82/s/qid=1236236893/ref=sr_pg_1?ie=UTF8&rs=&keywords=%E5%B0%8F%E6%9D%BE%E5%B4%8E%E8%8C%82&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3A%E5%B0%8F%E6%9D%BE%E5%B4%8E%E8%8C%82&page=1/
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funnily enough, I saw the Moonbase Alpha kit recently in a local model shop. It seemed a bit shit to me in that it is at two scales.

Personally, I don't believe there is such a thing as a skill level in model kits. The real time consuming work is in puttying and sanding the seams and painting. A vinyl figure kit with no base often requires less time than an injection plastic kit with a diorama and loads of tiny parts, but the skill is the same.
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