Platz 1/12 Bonsai Tree Kits 3 & 4

These 2 kits from Platz are very nice, simple kits that look quite nice when they’re built – as you can see in the video. They contain 5 to 7 parts and a stand. They are nicely detailed and the foliage is quite realistic. I put one together in 10 minutes without too much trouble. These will be ideal little gifts for the people in your life who are not interested in the usual aircraft, tanks etc that we tend to build, but seem interested in building something of their own.


Bonsai is a miniature potted tree for enjoying its graceful branches or leaves. It is shaped and modeled on natural scenery. Making bonsai is an artistic hobby that takes time and effort in pruning, wiring, watering and taking care of the plant for it grow to its desired work of art.

About this kit

This product is an assembly plastic model kit of 1/12 scale. For leaves, those have been built in already and you can cut and shape them as you like. You can make miniture bonsai to look more real with glue and paint. You will be able to enjoy miniature bonsai with this kit and make your own style.


  • You can enjoy Japanese traditional culture of Bonsai with this kit.
  • Trunk and shape of tree is reproduced close to real bonsai.
  • You can cut and shape leaves as you like.
  • 11 parts for kit #3 and 9 parts for kit #4. (Base for Bonsai included).

They are available here and here for about $14.00

Many thanks to Platz for sending them along for review.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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