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Aoshima Bunka Kyozai Co., Ltd. (株式会社 青島文化教材社 Kabushiki Gaisha Aoshima Bunka Kyōzaisha), more commonly known as Aoshima, is a Japanese model maker located in Shizuoka Prefecture. They make also plastic model kits of various vehicles, including model car, model aircraft, model ship and model Sci-fi mecha under the Aoshima brand, along with finished toys under the Skynet brand, diecast figures under the Miracle House brand, diecast cars under the DISM brand and female statue figures under their FunnyKnights brand.

During their production history they have made 1:14 scale diecast cars, "Transformer" type vehicles and a line up of 1:64 scale cars.

The company was founded by an pilot named Jiro Aoshima in 1924, as the Aoshima Airplane Research Institute. In 1932, when the model-airplane was designated as an educational material in Japanese schools, the Shizuoka model-airplane association was formed with Jiro Aoshima appointed to the chairman's post. In 1945, the Aoshima Bunka Kyozai RL was established with a focus on wooden model-airplane manufacturing.

In 1961, Aoshima Bunka Kyozai Inc. was established with Ichiro Aoshima assigned to the CEO's position. They produced their first plastic model kit the "Speed Boat Bluebird" same year. Aoshima quickly followed with more 1:60 and 1:72 scale airplane models, 1:24 and 1:25 scale car models and original design sci-fi mecha models. In 1969, they released an "Apollo" series of spacecraft models that included a 1:48 scale "Eagle 5" Apollo Lunar Module and 1:96 scale Apollo spacecraft.

In 1971, they started making 1:700 scale series of "Water Line" warship models along with other three Shizuoka-based model manufacturers - Tamiya, Hasegawa and Fujimi.
During the 1970s, Aoshima developed aline of kids products called "Gattai Robo" (coalescent robot). In this series, four individual vehicles came together into one robot - essentially a 'Transfomer'.

In 1980s, they started an "Anime" scale" realistic robot model series in response to Bandia.

During this time Aoshima was reestablished as "Aoshima Bunka Kyozai Co., Ltd." (株式会社 青島文化教材社) in 1986. It launched a new brand called "Skynet" (a finished toy brand of 1:48 scale diecast aircraft in 1997. And another new brand of diecast figure brands "Miracle House" in 1999.

In 2002, with the bankruptcy of Japanese model manufacturer Imai Kagaku, Aoshima acquired the molds of sailing ships and sci-fi vehicles such as he Thunderbirds machines.

In 2005, Aoshima launched a new diecast car brand called "DISM" and established "Aoshima Hong Kong, Ltd." (青島香港有限公司). These are a series of high-quality diecast range of Japanese cars from the 1970s and 1980s, in 1/43 and 1/24 scales.

Another new brand called "FunnyKnights" (female figure brand) was launched in 2007.

In 2008, Aoshima started to release the "Itasha" series of (an animation wrapping car) model kits.

In 2010, "Hayabusa" a space craft plastic model kit series was introduced.

In 2015, Aoshima began makeing a 1:48 scale diecast aircraft series of Japanese aircraft under the Skynet brand. The first plane introduction was the A6M5 Mitsubishi Zero in several variations.


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aoshima_Bunka_Kyozai
 
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