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New Tomytec city buildings

Tomytec have announced a series of city buildings, that will complement those already out from Kato …

… and like the Kato ones the floor sections will be separate, so by buying multiple buildings you can make them as tall as you like (but not ridiculously tall skyScaper type ones 🙂

The three buildings to be released are supposedly from the Showa era and are shown below. They are called (from left to right) – Building C (Hotel), Building B(Mansion), Building A (Office). Each will come with a variety of roof signs, detail parts and other advertising stickers.

The Office building is typical of what can still be seen everywhere in any Japanese city and has a size of 7x6cm & 17cm high. I plan to buy three – leave one as it is and possibly paint the other two and combine them, like this …

The Mansion building (which in Japan doesn’t mean any thing to do with luxury, but differentiates apartment buildings that are constructed from concrete rather then wood) is also typical of what can still be seen everywhere in any Japanese city and has a size of 7x6cm & 15cm high. Once again I plan to buy three – leave one as it is and possibly paint the other two and combine them, like this …

The Hotel building I will not be buying – even though Western looking buildings made from brick can be seen, I don’t think this is very realistic and would look odd on the layout. If of course you want more city buildings but your layout is not Japanese, then there is no problem.

These buildings will augment the collection I already have from Kato’s Diotown series, most of which I have also used 3 of in the same way I describe above, Fortunely Kato did two colour variations of each of the five building types, so I didn’t have to any re-painting 🙂

23-431A (red-brown) & 23-431B (green) – A is used as it is (the wires coming out the back are for flashing LED that simulate a fire effect) & 2x B have been repainted a dark brown/maroon colour & don’t have a lot of details as it was used in the background.

23-432A (light blue-green) & 23-432B (beige) – A & B were used as they are and 2x A were re-painted a light gray & don’t have a lot of details as it was used in the background.

23-433A (light blue) & 23-433B (cream) – 2x A were combined and B was used as it is. The wires coming out the back are for the orange neon Kanji sign that flashes the 4 letters and background in sequence.

23-434A (green) & 23-434B (red-brown) – A & B were used as they are and 2 more A were used for a background building.


23-435A (cream) & 23-435B (light gray) – 2x A were used for a background building (because of the LHS parts, I couldn’t make it as tall as I wanted) & an A & B is used as they were.

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April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Kato, Tomytec

3 Comments »

  1. Whre can i get this stuff

    Comment by art | December 10, 2012 | Reply

  2. […] When originally announced, I expected that a 5 floor building which was advertised as having a top, middle and bottom section, would be able to be made into a taller version, so with 4 middle floors getting 3 kits would let me make one normal, and combine the other two to make a 9 floor building. See this post for how I envisaged it :- https://jmtn.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/new-tomytec-city-buildings/ […]

    Pingback by Tomytec Showa era city buildings « JMTN blog | October 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. […] will be larger in both height and footprint to the previous items in the Diotown series (see this post for photos of those items and how I have used and modified them). There will be FOUR new 8 floor […]

    Pingback by More new Kato city buildings « JMTN blog | May 30, 2010 | Reply


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