The Opening Day of IPMS Telford is Finally Getting Closer!!

November 10, 2012:
The Opening Day of IPMS Telford is Finally Getting Closer!!

— Contents —
  • * Please come early to visit the Zoukei-mura booth!
  • * Let's meet at IPMS Telford's "Meet The Maker"!
  • * The finished models that we will be displaying at the IPMS Telford venue!
  • * Also, we will have a special display of a surprising aircraft as a venue-exclusive announcement!!
  • * We'll also be displaying the latest sprues for SWS 1/32 No.5, the "Raiden"!!
  • * SWS No.12! It's the beginning of the newest kit development quiz!!

Good afternoon to all of our SWS fans.

It's the time of year when the pleasant winds of early autumn have begun to blow, and I hope that the joyful arrival of this perfect season has reached all of your hobby spirits as well.

Oh yes, this applies to Japan, which is in the Northern Hemisphere.  To all of you who live in countries in the Southern Hemisphere, I suppose it would be the winds of early spring.

In any case, local daytime temperatures are around the 20° Celsius range, meaning that conditions are prime for doing hobbies.
It's the perfect time to work with tiny parts before the winter comes to numb your hands from cold.

Winter is winter, so the pleasure of sipping some delicious sake while carefully poring over research materials, your finished models sitting before you, awaits.

Now!  Let's begin by cleaning the workshop.

Replace any bottles of dried-out paint and hardened glue, and make sure to stock up on new masking tape and wet/dry sandpaper.

I'm sure that any SWS kit will look great in your refreshed work area.

At this moment, I recommend the Mustang and the Air Force Skyraider.
Please do begin by opening the package and reading the assembly manual.

Now!  It's finally the beginning of the building season!
Just sitting here makes me feel relaxed, and I pass many pleasant hours here by myself.  Tonight, I will be enjoying the SWS Mustang.

When I hold the SWS Ta 152, the black skies of northern Europe appear before my eyes.  Inside their intensely cold cockpits, I wonder what was going through the German pilots' minds.

* Please come early to visit the Zoukei-mura booth!

As you know, next month, on the two days of November 10th and 11th, IPMS Telford will finally be held in the United Kingdom.

Continuing on from last year, the Zoukei-mura booth will be making its second straight appearance at the event.

Last year, the event opening took us by surprise – due to an unexpected flood of advance reservations, most of our merchandise had already sold out by the time the event opened.

So this year, we have reserved around twice the amount of booth space as we had last year.

We are also preparing larger quantities of both the SWS kits and their accessory items to bring for everyone.

However, it does not do to be even a little bit careless.  After all, the sheer number of people who attend IPMS Telford cannot be underestimated!  It's possible that Zoukei-mura's products will, once again, sell out early.

For those of who who will be coming to the IPMS Telford venue with the intention of procuring an SWS kit:

I strongly recommend that you come visit the Zoukei-mura booth as early as possible.

Every time, there is no deeper regret for us than to have to answer the question, "Do you have such-and-such SWS kit?" after that kit has sold out.
Perhaps it's the exhaustion from traveling and then setting up the booth, but the feeling strikes our hearts like an avalanche.

◯ We are accepting advance reservations for the kits below, to be picked up at IPMS Telford.
  Please feel free to send us your request(s).

However, please understand that if you do not come to claim your reserved kit(s) on the appointed day, we will no longer accept advance reservations from you for any future events.

Also, the accepted method of payment will be cash only.


Please send your reservation request to the Zoukei-mura email address below.
(Please note, the reservation deadline is November 8.)
※ In the case that the number of reservations equals the number of kits we are preparing, we will close reservations early.

☆To make a reservation, please send the information below to Zoukei-mura

Don't hesitate to email us!!
・The items you wish to reserve
・The day that you will be picking up at the event site
・Your contact information

* Zoukei-mura SWS Catalog of Items Available at IPMS Telford

◯ 1/32 Shinden
(Only a few pieces from my personal collection will be for sale. Please inquire if interested.)
Special Event Price ・・・・・・・・・・・・ £60.00
◯ 1/32 Ta 152 H-1
(Once again, only a few pieces from my personal collection will be for sale.)
Special Event Price ・・・・・・・・・・・・ £75.00
◯ 1/32 A-1H Skyraider (U.S. Navy) Special Event Price ・・・・・・・・・・・・ £100.00
◯ 1/32 P-51D Mustang Special Event Price ・・・・・・・・・・・・ £75.00
◯ 1/32 A-1J Skyraider (U.S. Air Force) Special Event Price ・・・・・・・・・・・・ £108.00
◯ 1/32 He 219 A-0 Uhu Available for pre-order at the event site – Price: 15,800 JPY (+fee)
※* Shipping to be charged separately.
* We will also be bringing many Extra Parts with us!
  This time around, we are preparing the items below for a special sale.
  Please consider adding them to your collection at the event. (Quantities will be limited.)
◯ Shinden Figure Set Special Event Price ・・・・・・・・・・・・ £42.00
◯ Ta 152 Figure Set Special Event Price ・・・・・・・・・・・・ £42.00
◯ Skyraider Figure Set Special Event Price ・・・・・・・・・・・・ £36.00

* etc. We will be bringing many items with us, so please look forward to it!

This year, we have reserved around twice the amount of booth space we had last year.  Each display model will have its own lighting, allowing you to take your time and appreciate each and every finished SWS model.
We will be bringing the latest sprues for the much-anticipated SWS Uhu.  Please come and confirm the final test shot with your own eyes.

A completely focused Developer N during booth setup rehearsal.
The SWS team does everything completely on their own.  Please look forward to the finished booth at the event!

Over here we also have Developer T, confirming the final booth design.
At any rate, we created this booth with the far, far away venue in mind, casting our thoughts from Japan to the U.K.  To all of our fans in Europe, it won't be much longer now!

The IPMS Telford venue map (official website URL):

* Let's meet at IPMS Telford's "Meet The Maker"!

  An opportunity was given to Zoukei-mura for this year's Meet the Maker!!
  I will personally tell some unknown stories of SWS kit development.  Please come and visit me at Meet the Maker.

To everyone who will be attending,
please come and listen to 60 minutes of my stories of developing the SWS kits!

The perfect opportunity for you to personally hear the whole story of "Zoukei-mura," which continues to produce the super-popular line of SWS kits, has arrived!!

If you want to hear everything unfold, then please do make your way to the Meet the Maker event area.

And of course, I will also be hosting a Q&A session!

Whether it's airplanes that you hope will be made into SWS kits, your thoughts after building an SWS kit, or just questions for me, everything is OK.  Time permitting, I will answer everything that is within my capability to answer!!

In any case, the honor that IPMS headquarters has bestowed upon me by allowing me these 60 minutes will have a truly large impact on SWS development from here on after.
Please allow me to take this moment to extend my most heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved.


Please look forward to my 60 minutes, where I will clearly go over both SWS kit development concepts and Zoukei-mura's future plans, all in one shot!!

* The finished models that we will be displaying at the IPMS Telford venue!

◯ At last, the much-anticipated masterpiece!
The final prototype of the 1/32 He 219 Uhu will be displayed!!

The final prototype sprues for the long-awaited Heinkel He 219 Uhu have finally been completed.

Those of you who will be attending the IPMS Telford event can expect to get an advance look at their finished state.
Please come and confirm the magnificence of the SWS Uhu kit with your own eyes.

Also, for those of you who have placed pre-orders in advance, we have prepared some fantastic 1/32 figures.  Of course, we will also be displaying prototypes for these at the event, as well.
For all of our fans who have already pre-ordered the SWS Uhu, please look forward to it!!


The anticipated SWS 1/32 Uhu has finally reached its last stage!
We will also be announcing details for the pre-order bonus figures!
Capture the Uhu through the SWS, and be ready for its impact!!

"SWS 1/32 He 219 Uhu"
Price:15800 JPY (+fee)
* includes pre-order bonus

* The on-sale date for the Japanese domestic release of the Uhu kit is expected to be around February 2013 at the earliest.

【Pre-Order Bonus】
If you pre-order one kit, you will receive one of the figures below as a free gift.
To everyone who has already pre-ordered, you will receive one 2-piece set consisting of the pilot and radar operator figures for each kit pre-ordered.
(update:Dec 24 ,2012)

【SWS Uhu Pre-Order Set A: Pilot Figure】
Jet black skies.  Behind enemy bombers, the Uhu pilots ascend to take precise aim at their fuselage undersides.
That sweaty grip has been captured and expressed in this wonderful sculpt.

【SWS Uhu Pre-Order Set B: Radar Operator Figure】
Here is the Uhu's navigating radar operator.
Please note his focused posture as he searches for enemy planes in the darkness.
Both figures have been sculpted to fit perfectly into the cockpit.

* Of course, during the two days of the IPMS Telford event, we will be accepting pre-orders for the Uhu at the Zoukei-mura booth. Please feel free to inquire with any staff member.

Also, any pre-orders placed with an "SWS Friend Shop" will include the pre-order bonus figures, so please feel free to inquire about pre-ordering at your nearest Friend Shop.

* Also, we will have a special display of a surprising aircraft as a venue-exclusive announcement!!

If this plane were added to the SWS 1/48 series…
My dream is your dream.
Please let us know your requests.
We’ll try to make the kits you dream of into reality.

Research complete!!
If you can immediately tell this airplane’s name and model from this picture, you’re awesome!
Please remember it until the next time we have an SWS model name quiz!
It will be made into a kit such as you've never seen before!

We are planning many things.  I wonder how many of them we will truly be able to carry out, but regardless, please look forward to the Zoukei-mura booth!!

* We'll also be displaying the latest sprues for SWS 1/32 No.5, the "Raiden"!!

  The SWS Raiden appears at last!!  A Raiden such as you've never seen before will finally make its debut as an SWS kit!
  Not only will the external design will be of unparalleled accuracy, but we will also recreate the fuselage structure,
  the way that each part is constructed, and even the mechanisms and how the parts move together!
  You will be amazed at the unique kit contents, distinctive of the SWS.
  All of you fans of Japanese planes, please wait just a little bit longer!

It has been more than two years since we started to plan!!
All fans of Japanese planes around the world, thank you for waiting!!

The moment when everything about the SWS 1/32 Raiden is revealed is finally upon us!

Appropriate for an SWS kit, we performed intensive research as usual on an actual, preserved “Raiden Type-21,” from the fuselage structure to the propeller, the engine and engine mount, the cockpit, the armament, down to the details of the landing gear assemblies.

We have challenged ourselves to try to recreate everything as they were during the plane's glory days on the battlefield.

The opportunity to see the Raiden with your own eyes, first out of everyone in the world, is yours if you come to the event site!

Please look forward to it and visit us.

The Imperial Japanese Navy’s first local fighter aircraft (interceptor fighter),
the Raiden, finally appears!!

* SWS No.12! It's the beginning of the newest kit development quiz!!

  Look at the happy faces of the SWS Development Team members!!  Yes, that’s right.
  When we work on an airplane, we want the actual engine close by.
  Our happy faces are the same as yours.  The X-XX aircraft which we have always wanted will finally be a reality!!
  Hey, you can already picture the finished model on your desk, can’t you!?  It won't be much longer~~!!

Regardless of whether you're an SWS Fan Club member or not, please try this fun yet challenging quiz.  Put the level of your airplane mania to the test!!

This picture is a clue for you.  If you can imagine what the next SWS kit will be from my happy face and the cool engine that sits beside us, it’s easy as pie for you to come up with the name of the airplane, right?

We are looking forward to receiving your answers.

  Everyone is eligible to participate in this quiz regardless of whether you are a member of the SWS Fan Club or not.
*How to Participate
[Via Mail]
Please mail your answer to Volks headquarters with your name and address.

Send to:
Volks, Inc.Attn: SWS No.12 Quiz Team
60 Shichijo-Goshonouchi-Nakamachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 600-8862
[Via Email]
Please email your answer to the special email address below with your name and address.

Send to:
Subject: SWS No.12 Quiz Entry
-- Name:
-- Address:
-- Quiz Answer:

* This email address is to be used only for this quiz.
*Entry Period
  Until sometime in 2013.
Exact deadline to be announced later.
*Results Announcement
We will announce the winners on the Zoukei-mura website.
*Prize Presentation
* When SWS No.12 becomes available for sale, we will send a complimentary kit to three winners who have submitted the correct answer.
(In the case that more than three people submit the correct answer, we will do a random lottery to choose three winners.)

All of the development team is looking forward to receiving your entry.

SWS No.12 Model Name Quiz


Which aircraft can be called a mother, a father, or a brother?

◯ ー◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯  ◯ -◯ ◯ ◯   ◯ ◯ ー◯ ◯ ◯

[Japanese language only]
Please put katakana and alphabet letters in each ◯ to complete the name of the airplane.

[English language only]
Using only alphabet letters, the name appears like this.

◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯  ◯ -◯ ◯ ◯  ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯ ◯

Well! What do you think? Is it easy? Yes, it's a really simple quiz.

If you are a true aviation fanatic, you will think of the correct answer at the first guess. We are looking forward to receiving your answer.

Whenever someone asks me,
"If you could fly an airplane on your own right now, which airplane would you most want to own?"

That's right.  If I could own an actual flyable aircraft, I absolutely want this one.

From the tip of its cute nose to the ends of its wings, I would clean it until it was completely shiny, then enjoy a stroll through the sky with my beloved wife.

However , the actual airplane is too large for me to actually buy.
In which case, I wanted to have at least its engine close by for myself and everyone else to enjoy.

You know, it's that one!!  That one!!

We will make this X-XX into an SWS kit that can live up to what you have imagined!  Please look forward to its release day.

As for me, I'm already losing sleep because I’m so excited from thinking about this airplane.

Well then, November 10th.
I look forward to seeing you then at the Telford event site.

Please stay healthy until then!!


Hideyuki Shigeta
Representative of ZOUKEI-MURA


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