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Tomytec ‘Machinami Collection’ #7 review

‘Machinami Collection’ #7 has arrived, and I think this is their best release yet ūüôā

This set of six different buildings (with two colour variations of each) is based on mixed tenanted buildings that contain some kind of entertainment or amusement facility. The ground floor may be a shop, and the upper floors (they all appear to be 3 story buildings) may have clubs, or other eating/entertainment type businesses. I am hoping that I can combine the parts with some of these to make taller versions, as I have done with the Greenmax office building kits.

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Building A is a triangular corner building with a three ground floor shops¬†and other establishments upstairs accessed by the stairs on the narrow LH corner. It is called the ‘Tani Building’ and¬†is a pale gray-beige with a flat light gray roof. The main shop is¬†the ‘Fuji Grill Tea Room’ in¬†a large blue sign with red letters, and there are two red & white striped awnings as well as several blue fake brick panels. Another shop’s entrance has a yellow awning. There is a tank and a stairwell entrance to put on the roof, as well as a street sign. Two billboards are provided to put on the roof, with a number of alternate business names and¬†‘Tenant Wanted’ for the long narrow one, and advertising for either an MHK TV drama (not NHK !!) or a SF¬†movie called ‘2100’ (not 2001 !!).

The alternate building is called the ‘Sakae Building’ and¬†is an off-white with a flat light gray roof. The main shop is¬†the ‘Ueki Bussan’ in¬†a large white sign with black letters, and there are two dark gray awnings as well as several red-brown fake brick panels. Another shop’s entrance has a black awning.

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Building B has drinking/eating establishments inside. It has one large shop front, as well as the stairway going up. The main shop name is ‘Pub Eniria’ and it is¬†a pale blue/green colour with a flat pale beige roof. The front windows are red-brown and the stairway entrance has a red awning. A large yellow & red sign on the roof says ‘Ekimae Shintenchi’ which could be some kind of gaming club. There is a small tank to put on the roof¬†.

The alternate building’s main shop name is ‘Shintenchi Ai’ and it is¬†a¬†blue/green colour with a flat light gray roof. The front windows are dark gray and the stairway entrance have an olive green awning. A large white & red sign on the roof says ‘Suwon Kaikan’ (Swan Building’).

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Building C is cafe/restaurant type building with one shop on the ground floor, and a stairway going up. It is called the ‘Hayashi Building’ (2 trees) and is an off-white colour (mine is very badly¬†weathered) with a dark green flat roof with dark brown edges. There is a red-brown fake brick¬†panel at the front and some of the windows have a dark green awning. The ground floor entrance has a gray awning. The main shop is called ‘Kissa¬†Sangaku’ which is a cafe. On the roof is a red & yellow sign that says ‘Yuhi Beer’ which a trademark-avoiding play on the famous Asahi beer company.¬†A small tank is provided to put on the roof, as well as some advertising signs/boards for the street.

The alternate building is called the ‘Mori Building’ (3 trees) and is a light gray colour (also very badly¬†weathered) with a black flat roof with dark brown edges. There is a blue fake brick¬†panel at the front and some of the windows have a dark gray awning. The ground floor entrance has a dark green gray awning. The main shop is called ‘Tea Room’ which is I guess a tea room !!! On the roof is a blue & white sign that says ‘Yotsuya Cider’ which a trademark-avoiding play on the¬†Mitsuya¬†cider company.

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Building D is mainly a food court type building, with two entrances on the ground floor, and a stairway going up. It is called the ‘Kojima Building’ and is a beige colour with gray window on the front (some open) and also a¬†nice slate panel. It has a black sloping metal roof. The large red lettering is ‘Chuka Koraku’ which is a Chinese restaurant.

The alternate building is called the ‘AOI’ Building’ and is light gray with a red roof. The window panels are red-brown and the main lettering says ‘Koryori Okakura’ which is a Japanese restaurant. There is also a large billboard on the roof, which can be used with some movie advertising signs off the sticker sheet (even though it is not a theatre building).

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Building E is a corner building with a rounded corner rough stone-finished front that has cabaret/dance clubs within. It is light gray with a dark gray sloping metal roof. The¬†olive green sign for the main club’s name is ‘Crown’ in red/silver letters and upstairs is¬†the ‘Cabaret Marble’. A number of footpath signs are included.¬†

The alternate building is a light pinkish white with a red-brown sloping metal roof. The¬†blue sign for the main club’s name is ‘Madorosu’ (a Sailor’s club?) in blue/silver letters and upstairs is¬†the ‘Lounge Eda’.

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Building F is a corner building that is rectangular but with a cut across one corner. The main business is the ‘Show Time Tokiwa-za’ cinema on huge white & yellow billboards covering the three front sides. It is a cream-brown colour on the front three sides, and dark gray on the other two sides as well as¬†a pale gray flat roof. There is a tank for the roof as well as¬†a street advertising sign, and a large red/yellow rising sun on the front corner.

The alternate building is¬†¬†the ‘Hinomaru Pachinko’ parlour on huge¬†yellow letters on mesh metal billboards covering the three front sides. It is a pale gray¬†on all¬†sides,¬†as well as¬†a pale gray flat roof.

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Each of these buildings has an internal stairway that can be seen through an open doorway on the ground floor. Other than that, there are no interiors, however none of the buildings except E has any windows that really allow you to see inside. I would recommend adding black card or paper to the interiors to stop any light shining through.This time Tomytec have been lazy and not included any exploded assembly instructions Рjust B/W pictures of the buildings from a couple of angles. There is also a sheet of stickers of other signs etc that can be used wherever you like. Rooftop details are minimal and should be added to for a more realistic effect.As I said at the beginning, I think that with the amount of detail and colouring, this is the best release in the Machinami Collection so far, except for a couple of the samples that had poor paint application.

Also released at the same time is two sets of ‘entertainment area’ people, each with 3 colour variations. The poses range from couples, to ladies of the night, and staggering drunks to yakuza figures ūüėÜ

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October 6, 2007 - Posted by | model review, Tomytec

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