We’re back from IPMS Nationals in Chattanooga!!!
Update: August 30th, 2019

We’re back from IPMS Nationals in Chattanooga!!!

How are you doing, all my SWS brothers?
Members of the Zoukei-Mura SWS development team, including yours truly, were away for nine days from August 5th to 12th to participate in this year’s the IPMS U.S.A. National Convention held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In this blog post, I’ll share some photos to give you an idea of the show.

For those of you still enduring hot summer days in Japan and those of you in the northern hemisphere, even those of you freezing in the cold southern hemisphere, I hope you enjoy seeing this report of the IPMS convention in Chattanooga.

▋Just look, Zoukei-Mura has done it again this year, bringing as many kits, tools, and other products as possible from Japan. Time to get excited, everybody!!

It all began on August 5th, at the height of summer. Our Zoukei-Mura team met up at Kansai Airport and flew on the Delta DL182 straight into Seattle.
Our final destination was Chattanooga, Tennessee, the location of this year’s IPMS National Convention. With stops in Seattle and Atlanta, our long journey took over 20 hours in total including layover time.
Come on, Delta, Boeing 767, you can do it!!!

▋At last the Zoukei-Mura booth is all set up. SWS kits both early and recent, completed display models, optional parts, display bases—everything came all the way here from faraway Japan!

Thankfully, this year we were able to set up our booth the day before the event. This was immensely helpful, as it allowed our long-travelled team from Japan to take our time preparing our booth for the convention in advance. Thank you so much to all of the organizers of the IPMS convention in Chattanooga!

▋And look what we have here!! Yes, it’s that 1/72&1/144 Horten for you too!! Nice choice!!
What’s incredible about this Ho 229 kit is its incredible quality, comparable to 1/32 and 1/48 scale. Be sure to thoroughly enjoy every detail!

At last! It’s finally time for the IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga to begin!


▋And yet again this year, our SWS brother-in-arms John-san and his wife Lyn-san came all the way from Las Vegas to be volunteer staff members. All of the miniature metal Zoukei-Mura flashlights handed out to questionnaire answerers were provided by John-san. Thank you, brother John-san!!

Next, following my seminar, it’s finally time for the “SWS Raffle” held by Zoukei-Mura, a famous highlight of IPMS national conventions!

▋This Vietnam War F-4D is also quite skillfully built! The markings may not be flashy, but the careful attention to detail is fascinating.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and finally the last day of IPMS Chattanooga has arrived.

▋Today is the last day of the IPMS show for John-san and Lyn-san too, after all their great work. John-san and I have essentially become the symbolic two Zoukei-Mura OYAJI (Old Men). Take care. Thank you to Lyn-san for your work as well! Next they’re off to fly back to Las Vegas, Nevada. Thank you both.

Thank you very much for coming to visit the Zoukei-Mura booth at the IPMS USA National Convention in Chattanooga.
All of us at Zoukei-Mura are so grateful for your heartfelt kind words of encouragement and for your patronage in purchasing our SWS kits.
Even now, the Zoukei-Mura team and I are filled with happiness and pride from those words of gratitude you shared with us.

Thank you all very much for filling out the over 400 questionnaires with your valuable input.

All of the members of the SWS development team are now poring over each and every one of them, with the determination to make your dreams come true.

After all, your dream is my dream, and my dream is your dream.

And coming up…
The next time we will get the chance to meet our SWS brothers is on November 9th and 10th in Telford, U.K., at the IPMS UK Scale ModelWorld show.

This year I should be able to participate for the first time in a while.

I am so excited and nostalgic at the idea of seeing England and reuniting with my SWS brothers from all over Europe. Of course we will be continuing our traditional of the SWS Raffle at IPMS conventions with splendid prizes, so I hope you will all come to visit us.

Everyone, take care and be well! Until we meet again!!

What’s this now??!!
That SWS 1/32 Henschel Hs 129 might be available for sale at IPMS Scale ModelWorld in Telford??!!

▋There is a chance that you will be able to get your hands on an SWS 1/32 Hs 129 packaged in this box at IPMS Scale ModelWorld, held in Telford this November.
With its incredible high quality, this scale model kit could easily be mistaken for a museum model. Designed based on insanely precious research materials and crafted to a level beyond imagination, this kit is sure to ignite to your modelling life with a whole new joyous light.

Look forward to it!!

This is at most just a possibility, but…
The Hs 129, now in its very final stages of development, may be available in a highly limited quantity at Telford for pre-release sale!!
However, we will have to bring the instruction manuals and decals separately from Japan and package them in the boxes when we arrive in Telford, so there will be no outer white sheet wrapping on the kits.

For all those who wish to one of the few, very first in the world to add this kit to their collection, please use the Kit Reservation link below!!

Hs 129 Kit Reservation for Telford 2019

SCALE ModelWorld

IPMS Telford 2019 Kit Reservations

Product NameEvent Price
SWS 1/32 Henschel Hs 129 £115
  • *Only reservations for the 1/32 Henschel Hs 129 kit will be accepted.
  • *Limited to one kit per person.

How to Reserve

Please email the following address by November 3, 2019 (Sunday) at 23:59 (JST) in order to reserve a kit.

  • * In order to prepare the reserved items, we cannot accept any reservations received on or after November 4, 2019 (Mon.) (JST)
  • * Please pay for the kit at the venue (IPMS Telford 2019 Zoukei-Mura booth).
  • * Only cash payment (in GBP) can be accepted.
  • *We will do our best to reserve as requested, but please understand that the kits may be sold out.
  • *Reserved kits must be picked up on November 9th (Sat) 2019 from 9:00 to 13:00.
  • * In case pickup is not possible in the above mentioned time, please let us know via email when you make your reservation or no later than the reservation deadline (Nov. 4).
  • * Your reservation will be cancelled if you do not pick up your item before 13:00 on November 11th (Sat) 2019.

Click the link below and send in the form to reserve and pick up the Hs 129 kit at IPMS Telford 2019:
Pre-order acceptance closed. Thanks everyone!
See you in Telford!
Reservation Deadline: By November 3, 2019 (Sunday) at 23:59 (JST)

However, as you all well know, that major change known as “Brexit” awaits Britain. Because of this, I don’t even know if our international packages from Zoukei-Mura will be able to arrive on schedule this time, filling me with worry and uncertainty.
And in the first place, it is still not clear that the all-important Hs 129 kit itself will be ready in time to debut it for sale during the show.

I will write in more detail about the Hs 129 kit in my next blog post.
Please look forward to it in the meantime.

Hideyuki Shigeta
President, Zoukei-Mura

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