Release Date: May 18, 2018
Price: 1,620 yen (tax included)
Publication: Hobby Japan
HJ Mechanics, a specialized hobby magazine for mecha-loving adults, was released in bookstores nationwide on May 18th(Fri) by Hobby Japan.
The magazine is a specialized adult hobby magazine that dig deep into topics with a focus on mecha models and high target toys. The charms and appeals of robots and mecha will be featured from various angles with model kit reviews and related hobby items at its center through subjects such as model sheet drafts, mecha commentaries, developer interviews, product recommendations and more.
“Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories – Universal Century”, the magazine’s first feature, will delve into side stories set within the Mobile Suit GundamUniversal Century series timeline. The magazine will also feature the history of Gundam Sentinel and Advance of Zeta (A.O.Z)along with commentary on A.O.Zmecha, so be sure to pick up a copy.
[Feature 1] Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories – Universal Century
Delving into the side stories set in the Mobile Suit GundamUniversal Century series timeline with a focus on its models.
· MG Custom Ex-S Gundam Reinforced Version (Builder / NAOKI)
· MG Custom Gundam Hazel-Rah (Builder / Keita Yagyu)
· 1:144 Scratch Tyrant Sword (Builder / Hitoshi Ginga)
· History of Universal Century Gundam Side Stories: Gundam Sentinel, A.O.Z, Tyrant Sword
· Universal Century Gundam Side Story Gunpla List
· Universal Century Side Story Column: AOZ Mobile Suit Commentary
[Feature 2] Scopedog Products Design Discussion
Explaining the changes and trends of the design style in Scopedog products, the main mecha of Armored Troopers Votoms.
· Kunio Okawara (Mechanic Designer), Koichi Inoue (former Sunrise)
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There are tons of other features worth reading, too!
· Teppei Hayashi’s Plastic Model Super-Class Techniques Lesson
· Advice for Simple Finishes
· Yoshimoto Plastic Model Club’s Plamo-Ogiri
· Former Kit Labs
· Mechanic Designer Files