HOMO FERRATUS - by makadi3000

I'm a designer currently living and working in Zurich, right in the middle of Europe. This blog is about my original toy work and hobby interests. I dedicate it to Japanese artist Kow Yokoyama, creator of the Maschinen Krieger universe, which has always been a teacher and source of inspiration to me, as he is for many contemporary concept artists and illustrators of the 21st century.

Thanks for looking! - Adi D'Agostino aka makadi3000

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Tribute to Kow Yokoyama!

This blog is about my Maschinen Krieger passion and model building hobby, strongly influenced by Kow Yokoyama. Enjoy! :)

Maschinen Krieger ZbV 3000 (originally known as SF3D and now also known by the abbreviation Ma. K.) is a science fiction universe created by Japanese artist & sculptor Kow Yokoyama in the 1980s as a feature article in Hobby Japan magazine. The story is set in the 29th century, as two opposing human forces are fighting for control of the habitable areas of Earth. Combat armor suits are prominently featured throughout the story.

Ma. K. originally began as a series of SF3D photo essays in Hobby Japan. Kow scratch-built scale models of unique, retro-futuristic armored fighting suits and vehicles. A small but dedicated fan following soon developed, and licensed model kits were produced for retail by the company Nitto.

Nitto has recently reissued most of the kits, repackaged under the Maschinen Krieger Zbv 3000 name (for copyright reasons). There are currently two Ma. K. 'encyclopedias' in print by Dai Nippon Kaiga. The Japanese model kit company Wave has also recently issued several new kits, and for many years Modelkasten has produced resin 'conversion kits.' There are also many fans who produce kits and accessories. The continued support and recent surge in activity by all parties has helped to maintain & expand the fan base. (Source: Wikipedia)

Kow Yokoyama

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