Sankei is a Japanese company that began in 1963. Originally, this company focused on replicating models based on historic buildings. Sankei would then place their high-quality models in museums.
As people worldwide saw how accurate and breathtaking Sankei models were, they began bombarding this company with requests. Thankfully for model builders, Sankei listened to the many requests it received. Soon, Sankei began offering its models to the public. Some of Sankei’s most popular lines of anime model kits feature buildings and dioramas based on Studio Ghibli scenes.
Sankei is well-known for its array of vibrant paper model kits. Paper kits involve assembling pieces of colored paper rather than hard pieces of plastic. Another difference between paper and plastic models is that paper model kits require no painting. Paper kits, especially ones from Sankei, are already fully and vividly colored.
Studio Ghibli scenes are one of Sankei’s specialties. Completing these anime model kits lets you watch as Kiki’s Delivery Service comes to life. Or put together a gorgeous display featuring scenes from My Neighbor Totoro.
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Whether you want models requiring dexterity and patience or model kits that are a breeze to assemble, Plaza Japan has it all. No matter what you’re looking for, we know you’ll love our impressive selection of model kits.
Besides our collections of plastic and paper anime model kits, Plaza Japan offers a wide range of other authentic Japanese products, including:
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you want to know more about Sankei models? You’re at the right place. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about this company and its products.
What Do You Need to Make Anime Figures?
What you’ll need to construct anime model kits depends on the kit. Certain kits can require model tools and paint to assemble. Other kits, typically paper models, require glue or folding to construct.
Who Invented Paper Model Kits?
You’ll find different answers online to this question. Some experts believe that an Englishman named Wallis Rigby invented the first paper models in the 1930s. Others maintain that paper model kits originated in 17th-century Europe.
What Is the Best Glue for Paper Model Making?
Due to its focus on quality materials and a passion for model kits, many model builders love using glue from Japanese companies like Kawada, Gaianotes, and Mr. Just One-Push.
How Do You Harden Paper Models?
Fortunately, companies like Sankei use thick and durable paper in their models. Because of that, you shouldn’t worry about hardening the paper in most model kits. If you require hardened paper, spray-based products can accomplish this task.