Just got a couple new buildings for Tohokyo, and I tried a product from a new company for the first time, Jioworld (Geoworld). The building in the center of the photo below is their 8-story Hotel. The main structure is thin, stiff foamcore board, covered in a printed deco paper with very nice detail. The building comes fully assembled and decorated, simply open the box, and place into your diorama. The signage says "HOTEL PLAZA" in Japanese. The dimensions are 9in tall, 4.5in across the front of the base (not the building), and 3.5in along the side of the base. Cost was $16. As a price comparison, the TomyTec "City Buildings Of Showa" collection building (Number "C2" in the collection, also a recent re-release and purchase, link below) just to the right of the Hotel, was $19, and required full assembly and application of decals.
The Jioworld Hotel is listed as a "Backorder" on Hobby Search, but don't let that put you off. Hobby Search says it will take 7 days to stock, but when I ordered it, they had it shipped two business days later.
I'm pretty pleased with the Jioworld building, with one exception, the windows, which are some kind of silver foil, and if you look directly at them, the nature of the foil is evident. What I might do is get some clear pla plate, cut it to size, and paint it black or blue on the back side and install it in the window holes as "tinted" glass. Other than that, this is a solid 8 out of 10 piece, and I can't wait to use it for some upcoming photos I'm going to take...
Also new to Tohokyo in that pic, just to the left of the Jioworld hotel is a recent classic Tomix re-release, their "Small Building A", all 4 inches of it. A nice bargain at $8.30.
I've also added about 60 trees, and 3 more of the TomyTec "Buildings Under Demolition", two of the high-rise and one apartment building. You can see the new demolished buildings behind MosuGoji in the wide shot below...
One of my favorite things about Tohokyo right now is looking over from my desk, through the trees, to see the tanks of the "JDSF" rolling up on Godzilla...
And the additions aren't done! Over the next few weeks I will be adding five more
buildings, including three from another new company, Outland Models, from China. If you've ever searched for model buildings on Amazon, you've probably seen these kits. I decided to go ahead and try a few, after finding a few offered by a US seller. It will be interesting to see what they are like. I'm not going to show these, or link to them yet, until I know what the quality, and assembly is like. There's a distinct possibility they are complete crap, and I have wasted the small bit of cash I spent on them... we'll see. They should arrive in the next three weeks.
The last two are going to be re-releases from Kato's extremely popular Dioworld series, the "5th Avenue Boutique" and "SMBC Broadcasting" buildings which you can see below. These are very, very popular with model railroaders in Japan and usually sell out quickly each time Kato re-issues them. These are pretty much the largest non-kit N-scale buildings available at 8.5inches tall with a base 4.5inches on each side and the building coming almost to the edge of the base on each side. Hobby Search currently has them for pre-order, with the release expected within the next 7 days, priced at $38 each, Links below.
Diotown Boutique Building on Left, SMBC Broadcasting Building on Right.
Jioworld (Geoworld) "8-Storied Hotel": https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10280370
TomyTec "City Buildings Of Showa C2": https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10536122
Tomix "Small Building A (Dark Grey)": https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10513447
TomyTec "Building Collection 151/Buildings Under Demolition A High-Rise": https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10402474
TomyTec "Building Collection 152/Buildings Under Demolition B Apartment Complex": https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10402476
Kato "Diotown 5th Avenue Fashion Boutique": https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10646056
Kato "Diotown SMBC Broadcasting Building": https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10646054