Hasegawa January 2018 Releases

1/72 Mitsubishi G4M2A Type 1 Attack Bomber Limited Edition
Fighting for the Philippines. The battle for the Philippines was devastating. Japan committed over half a million men to control of their acquisition. Facing them, combined, were a million and a half US soldiers and organized Filipino resistance fighters. Japan committed waves of obsolete fighters and bombers into the conflict, some as kamikazes, and ordered its infantry to hold out at all costs-to no avail. Filipino/American forces drove the Japanese into the mountains and jungles or off the islands entirely. Over 330,000 Japanese soldiers died. Two years later, the Philippines were declared independent.

Decal Options:
IJN 763rd N.F.G. 702nd Attack SQ. Code: 763-12 Luzon island Nov., 1944 – Jan., 1945
IJN 752nd N.F.G. 702nd Attack SQ. Code: 02-13 Luzon island Oct. – Nov., 1944
163 pieces
Length: 11.7 in (298 mm)
Width: 13.6 in (346 mm)

1/72 J-15 Chinese Navy 2017 Limited Edition
Carrier-capable killer. The PRC J-15 fighter is an aggressive carrier-capable copy of the Sukhoi-33. Liaoning, an aircraft carrier, was bought from Ukraine to be turned into a “casino”. Instead the carrier was armed, upgraded, and used to launch the J-15. Today, it serves as a “training” vessel that is instructing the Chinese Navy in the finer points of aircraft carrier construction, operation, and armament. Limited edition kit features decals for two Liaoning-based aircraft.

Decal Options:
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Carrier Liaoning Code: 116 2017
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Carrier Liaoning Code: 105, 111, 120 2017
204 pieces

1/72 F-15J Eagle 201SQ Chitose Air Base Limited Edition
Sixty Years of Superiority. Watching the northern limits of Japanese air space isn’t easy. Hokkaido, the northern island of the Japanese archipelago is far more rural and rugged than much of the country. For sixty years, Chitose Air Base has maintained a watch over this space, guarding against incursions from Russia, primarily. The F-15J Eagle is the exceptional aircraft that firmly turns away any encroaching aircraft. It’s an exceptionally fast and heavily armed but relatively economical warbird. Limited edition kit features special, 60th anniversary decal set.

Decal Option: JASDF 2nd AW 201st SQ Chitose A.B. 60th Anniversary Special Marking Code: 860 (52-8860) Chitose A.B. July 2017
138 pieces
Length: 10.5 in (267 mm)
Width: 7 in (179 mm)

1/24 Zakspeed ZK891 Limited Edition
Automotive ambition. For 1989’s Formula One season, Zakspeed enlisted Japan’s Aguri Suzuki and Germany’s Bernd Schneider to take its 891 racer to first place. Unfortunately, the car’s underpowered engine prevented these skilled drivers from achieving that goal. As a result, Zakspeed bowed out of F1 racing and went back to touring car success.

Decal Options:
Formula One World Championship 1989 Zakspeed Racing Team Car no. 35, Driver Aguri Suzuki
Formula One World Championship 1989 Zakspeed Racing Team Car no. 34, Driver Bernd Schneider
70 pieces
Length: 6.9 in (175 mm)
Width: 3.5 in (89 mm)

1/24 Finish Line Mazda 767B Limited Edition
One mighty Mazda. The Mazda 767B made its motorsports debut on the track of the IMSA 24 Hours of Daytona in 1989. By the race’s end, the 767B scored a respectable fifth-place finish, encouraging Mazda to test the car at other tracks. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans competition, two 767Bs finished in seventh and ninth places. The following year wasn’t as promising for Mazda; the 767B finished in 20th place.

Decal Option: Le Mans 24 Hours Race, 1989, Mazda Speed Team, Car no. 201
80 pieces
Length: 7.6 in (192 mm)
Width: 3.7 in (83 mm)

1/24 JTCC SOK BMW 318i Limited Edition
The perfect match of prestige and performance. The All Japan Touring Car Championship (JTCC) was one of the most prestigious races of the 1980s and 1990s. In touring car races, vehicles are tested as much on endurance and handling as they are speed-making them some of the most demanding races in the world. Japanese cars typically dominated the race, but occasionally, international cars and drivers would claim the prize.

Decal Option:JTCC: All Japan Touring Car Championship, Team Take One, Car no. 30
70 pieces
Length: 7.3 in (185 mm)
Width: 2.8 in (70 mm)

1/24 Toyota 2000GT 1967 Suzuka 500km Winner Limited Edition
In it to win it. Sporting a signature “figure-eight” layout, the Suzuka Circuit started out as a Honda test track in 1962. By 1967, Hiroshi Fushida was winning the 500 km race on it. Fushida’s success in 1967 wasn’t his last; the popular driver also placed first in Class C of the 1975 Hardie Ferodo 1000.

Decal Options:
Suzuka 500 km Race 1967, Winner: Car no. 61, Driver: Hiroshi Fushida
Suzuka 500 km Race 1967, Car no. 60, Driver: Shihomi Hosoya

100 pieces
Length: 6.9 in (175 mm)
Width: 2.6 in (67 mm)

1/72 Japanese Navy Airmen Set
Pilots of the Rising Sun. The Imperial Japanese Navy established the First Air Fleet in April of 1941, which consolidated five separate fleets into one dominating air force. At its disposal were 10 aircraft carriers and 3,000 aircraft, including the legendary Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Although the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service proved quite effective for the first half of the war, gasoline and troop shortages contributed greatly to late-war battle losses. Kit features parts for 16 pilot figures in six different poses.

64 pieces

1/35 Maschinen Fireball SG & SG Prowler (2 kits) Limited Edition
Machined mercenaries. The sci-fi series Maschinen Krieger was created by artist Kow Yokoyama in the early 1980s, first appearing in the popular magazine Hobby Japan. The series was inspired by armor and aircraft from both World Wars, as well as several iconic science fiction films. Today, Maschinen Krieger continues to have a devoted cult following, thanks to its celebrated return to Hobby Japan magazine in 2009. This limited edition kit combo features two kits with powered suit parts and four marking options for the Mercenary Troops Arms Armored Fighting Suite Space Type.

42 / 49 pieces
Length: (Kit #1) 2.7 in (68 mm); (Kit #2) 2.7 in (68 mm)
Width: (Kit #1) 1.7 in (43 mm); (Kit #2) 2.3 in (57.5 mm)

1/72 Happy Egg Girls “Rei Hazumi” with 54cm Mörser Karl Limited Edition
Hazumi’s got a gun! What’s better than a 54cm mortar that fires 2,760 lb shells six miles? How about the same gun with a hot chick straddling the barrel and a flag? The “Karl-Gerat” or “Mörser Karl” rushed to Russia where it socked the Soviets then, later, brought war to Warsaw where it pounded the Poles. Afterwards it was aimed at the Americans but had to be rerouted to help rain ammo on the Red Army. Kit features 1/72 scale 54cm Mörser Karl plus a new, resin, girl figure and flagpole ornament in 1/24 scale.

228 pieces
Length: 6.4 in (162 mm)
Width: 2.2 in (55 mm)

1/48 Polikarpov I-153 “Finnish Air Force” Limited Edition
Strafing over snow. Designed by the Soviet Union in the lead up to WWII, the Polikarpov I-153 was one of the world’s last successful biplane fighters. It combined the tremendous maneuverability of all biplanes with high speeds and four machine guns. When the Soviets opened the Winter War against Finland, Finland used everything at its disposal to fight back. This included several captured I-153s which managed to shoot down many of their former comrades!

Decal Options:
Finnish A.F. 3./LeLv 6 Captain Per-Erik Ahonius Code: IT-16 July 1942
Finnish A.F. 3./LeLv 6 Pilot Officer Olavi Puro Code: IT-18 October 1942

Skill Level 3
100 pieces
Length: 5.1 in (130 mm)
Width: 8.2 in (208 mm)

1/48 Mikoyan-25RBT Foxbat “Russian Air Force” Limited Edition
Intercept a Cold War classic. One of many MiG-25 variants, the MiG-25RBT Foxbat boasted Tangaz Electronic Signals Intelligence (ELINT) equipment that made it a must-have for recon and bombing missions. Thanks to a top speed of Mach 2.83, the MiG-25RBT remains the second-fastest recon aircraft (after the SR-71 Blackbird). The aircraft also set a number of high-altitude records worldwide, in which altitudes of 20,000 meters or greater were reached. This limited edition kit features plastic parts produced by ICM.

Decal Option: Russian AF, Code: Red-55

Skill Level 3
170 pieces
Length: 18.6 in (473 mm)
Width: 11.1 in (283 mm)

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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