||A newly released mini-kit from Woody Joe of Japan, the Hobikisen is a small fishing boat used on Lake Kasumigaura.
The unusual sail arrangement, developed in the late 1800s, pushes the boat sideways across the lake. A large net is secured to lines at the base and at the top of the sail. This prevents the boat from tipping over as it is slowly pushed sideways across the lake.
Roughly 1:50-scale, the model is only about 11-1/4" end-to-end.