Hasegawa Feb 2017 Releases
Hasegawa have released their Feb 2017 release list, but since there’s only 2 items so far I’m sure I’ll be updating this post with more as they’re announced. Special Edition and Limited Edition kits are in high demand by collectors and tend to sell out fast. So if you see one you like, do yourself a favour, see your favourite dealer — and pre-order.
Face the Estovakian Storm. Ace Combat 6: The Fires of Liberation pits pilots, once again, against an aggressive and superior force of invaders. Against such odds, the only defense is a fast plane and a faster trigger finger! Fortunately, Hasegawa can help you out with the plane. The Eurofighter Typhoon is one of the top aircraft currently available in the world inventory and you can get this one in a specialized “UPEO” livery that’s straight from the DLC on Ace Combat 6. This limited edition kit features two special “UPEO” decals.
UPEO SARF Code: EC071 The flight shooting game “ACE COMBAT 6”
UPEO EMBLEM Code: EC71 The flight shooting game “ACE COMBAT 6”
Skill Level 3
Length: 8.7 in (221.5 mm)
Width: 6 in (153.5 mm)
Hunting PT boats. With its large floats, the “Rufe” seaplane was able to operate from limited forward bases for the Japanese during WWII. These same floats, however, degraded the flight performance of the base aircraft (the vaunted Mitsubishi Zero). This resulted in a very deadly situation. If the A6M2-N found the PT boats, it could be quite bad for them. However, if escort fighters found the “Rufe” the seaplanes didn’t stand a chance. This limited edition kit combo features two aircraft with three sets of decals.
IJN 802nd N.F.G. Code: N1-112
IJN 802nd N.F.G. Code: N1-119 Marshall Islands 1943
IJN 802nd N.F.G. Code: Y4-122 Marshall Islands Oct., 1943
45 / 45 pieces
Length: 5.5 in (140 mm)
Width: 6.5 in (166 mm)
One of three for the Philippine Sea. With this set you can build any one of three IJN Destroyers including two that participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and one from the Battle of Midway. These vessels all carried six five-inch guns plus a battery of anti-aircraft guns and Long Lance torpedoes. Despite the power of the ships and the courage of their crews, all three were sunk by enemy action before the end of the war. This limited edition kit features detail-up photo-etched parts plus three sets of decals for Nowaki, Hamakaze, and Tanikaze.
IJN Destroyer Nowaki Battle of the Philippine Sea June 1944
IJN Destroyer Hamakaze Battle of the Philippine Sea June 1944
IJN Destroyer Tanikaze Sep., 1943
Length: 13.7 in (347.5 mm)
Width: 1.3 in (33 mm)
Iron aircraft. Virtually all stainless steel construction made the Foxbat stand out before it ever took wing. In the air, it really “took off”. With an operational top speed of Mach 2.83, it was one of the fastest of all active-duty military aircraft. It was designed to fly high and fast in order to confront the threat from Cold-War era US recon planes and bombers. Along the way, this aircraft set world records that still stand. This limited edition kit features decals for Algerian, Ukrainian, and Soviet Air Force planes.
Mikoyan 25 PD : Algerian A.F. Code: FU-75 (3207)
Mikoyan 25 PD : Ukrainian A.F. Code: Blue-56 VLKSM 60th Anniversary Special Marking
Mikoyan 25 P : Soviet A.F. Red-31 Lieutenant Belenko Sep.6, 1976 Hakodate Airport
Length: 12.1 in (307 mm)
Width: 7.7 in (195 mm)
Build Bubi’s bird. Erich “Bubi” Hartmann was the highest scoring fighter pilot in history with 352 confirmed air to air kills. His aircraft, the Bf109 G series introduced in 1942, included a more powerful DB 605 engine and a specialized black tulip pattern behind the engine. With it, Erich was able to execute extremely high speed hit and run attacks at close range before speeding away. This limited edition kit features a resin figure of Hartmann and two sets of decals.
G-6 : Luftwaffe 9./JG52 Staffelkapitän Oberleutnant Erich Hartmann Yellow -1 (20499) Oct., 1943
G-14 : Luftwaffe 4./JG52 Staffelkapitän Oberleutnant Erich Hartmann White-1 Nov., 1944
Length: 7.4 in (189 mm)
Width: 8.1 in (207 mm)
From Komatsu to you. Since 1958, the airbase at Komatsu has been operated by the Japan Air Self Defense Forces and as a civilian passenger and cargo hub. It’s also a site for frequent Blue Impulse demonstrations and, since 2007, has been the station of a large number of F-15 fighters. A total of 213 F-15Js have been built for the JASDF, making it the primary air superiority aircraft for Japan. This limited edition kit features special decals for 303 and 306 squadrons at Komatsu Air Base.
JASDF 303SQ Komatsu A.B., Festival Special Marking Code : 859 (52-8859) Sep., 2016
JASDF 306SQ 35th Anniversary Special Marking Code : 866 (62-8866) Komatsu A.B. Sep., 2016
Length: 10.5 in (267 mm)
Width: 7 in (179 mm)
A long, hard ride. Both the Monte Carlo Rally and Rally Sweden are some of the most challenging races in the world, though they face incredibly different sorts of challenges. In Monte Carlo, the main problem is the tortuous, twisting tracks and the extreme variability of road conditions. For Rally Sweden, the ubiquitous snow cover makes racing extremely difficult. For one car to pull off top ten finishes in both races, it would have to be an exceptional ride. This limited edition kit features decals for Swedish Rally winner Kenneth Eriksson and Monte Carlo racer Timo Salonen.
1991 Monte-Carlo Rally 8th place Car No.4 Driver: Timo Salonen
1991 Swedish Rally winner Car No.4 Driver: Kenneth Eriksson
Length: 7.5 in (190 mm)
Width: 2.8 in (72 mm)
Flying Finns. With gravel roads, high hills, and jumps throughout the course, the 1000 Lakes Rally (or Rally Finland) is a punishing, extremely high speed race. Very few non-Finnish participants ever see the podium because of the daunting challenge presented by the event. In 1991 Juha Kankkunen won the race in his Lancia Delta HF. He would win the event twice more before 2016. This limited edition kit features a Lancia Delta HF Integrale with decals for 1991 1000 Lakes Rally winner Juha Kankkunen.
1991 1000 Lakes Rally winner Car No.2 Driver: Juha Kankkunen
Length: 6.5 in (164 mm)
Width: 2.8 in (70 mm)
Accelerate your anime. Kaoru Shintani’s action-packed manga, Area-88, debuted in 1979. It was an instant hit, exciting readers with the exploits of Shin Kazama, a mercenary fighter pilot stationed at a top-secret air base called Area-88. In both the anime and OVA, a bearded Danish mercenary named Greg Gates serves with Shin. He flies either an A-4 or and A-10. The series, which was praised for its white-knuckle dogfighting action, inspired multiple animated films and a television series. This limited edition kit features two marking option inspired by Japan’s popular “Area-88” manga: Greg Gates and Campbell.
Kingdom of Arslan Air Force Area-88 Pilot: Campbell
Kingdom of Arslan Air Force Area-88 Pilot: Greg Cates
Length: 10.1 in (256 mm)
Width: 7 in (177 mm)
Heavy hitters on the wing. Though they only flew the F-4 Phantom II for 12 years, it’s safe to say that the Jolly Rogers put it to good use. For seven months in 1965 VF-84 pilots flew over 1,500 combat sorties and smashed targets all over Vietnam. Later, the type was on guard in the Mediterranean as tensions rose and boiled over in the Middle East. This limited edition super detail kit features metal parts, photo-etched parts, vinyl cord and decals for VF-84 aboard USS Roosevelt Code: AE200 in 1972.
US Navy USS Roosevelt VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” CAG Code: AE200 1972
Length: 14.6 in (370 mm)
Width: 9.6 in (244 mm)
Saw through some swastikas. With its combination of four .50 cal machine guns and one 20mm cannon, all clustered in the nose of the aircraft, the P-38 Lightning had a firing rate of roughly 4,000 rounds a minute. In every theater of the war that was plenty of firepower to bring the biggest birds down… and with the accuracy to get a good shot in at the nimblest, as well. In Europe, specifically, the type was also pressed into action as a fighter bomber. This limited edition kit combo features two P-38s with 8th Air Force decals.
P-38H : USAAF 8AF 55FG 38FS Lt. Col. Jack Jenkins Code: CG-J (42-67074) Oct., 1943
P-38J : USAAF 8AF 20FG 55FS Capt. Roy Scrutchfield Code: KI-N: Jeanne (43-28430)
63 / 63 pieces
Length: 6.3 in (160 mm)
Width: 8.7 in (220 mm)