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    The Japanese, past masters of the art of mass-reproducing copies of other people's products, have had to turn to a small British firm to get replicas of their own historical legends.

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    The Japanese, past masters of the art of mass-reproducing copies of other people's products, have had to turn to a small British firm to get replicas of their own historical legends.

    This week, the British sent their latest consignment of samurai swords, war lord costumes and wax models of historical figures to a museum at Miyahima, to be used to depict various scenes in Japanese history.

    In the past year, the little London-based firm has sold nearly GBP 100,000 sterling in models to Japanese museums and collectors.

    Its first order for historical models for Japan came in 1970, when it made 55 models for an exhibition in Tokyo. Earlier this year, it supplied 60 to a museum in Atami.

    All the figures and their equipment have to be perfect in ever detail. The model-makers spent long hours in museums and checking reference books to make sure that the reproduction of costumes and equipment was accurate.

    But the model-makers are not wholly Japanese-orientated. They made models for some 65 museums the world over and their subjects range from the figures of mythology to modern statesmen.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE40C27X3PYGG6TMXQ2F7B3D58
    Media URN:
    VLVAE40C27X3PYGG6TMXQ2F7B3D58
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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