Hasegawa Jan 2017 Releases
Hasegawa have released their Jan 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.
True 21st century sophistication. First flown in 2013, the F/A-18F Advanced Super Hornet prototype is packed with innovations that made it a success with the US Navy. Initial flight tests proved successful, thanks in part to “Enhanced Performance Engines” that boosted output from 22,000 pounds to 26,400 pounds per power plant. Conformal fuel tanks increased the aircraft’s combat range by 260 nautical miles while adding 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg) of fuel per fill-up. This limited edition kit features new resin parts and one marking option.
Decal Option: US Navy Advanced Super Hornet Demonstrator, Code: 168492
Length: 10 in (255 mm)
Width: 7.2 in (184 mm)
High-octane competitor. The Porsche 962 was designed to compete from day one. However, some models were revamped by private teams to make it even better. Kremer Racing replaced the original’s aluminum sheet tub chassis with carbon fiber for added rigidity. Eleven 962Cs were built by Kremer Racing. Some were sold to other international teams for use in World Sports Prototype Championships.
Decal Option:World Sports Prototype Car Championship, 1989, Kremer Racing Team, Car No. 10
Length: 7.8 in (199 mm)
Width: 3.3 in (83 mm)
Manga-inspired, mission-ready. Manga and anime enthusiasts all over the world are familiar with writer Takeshi Nogami’s crazy creations. His craziest one yet is “Shindenkai No Maki,” which features high school girls piloting World War II’s most famous aircraft – including the Kawasaki Ki-61 – in dogfights to the death. Whether you’re a manga fan or a warbird buff, this unique kit has something for everyone. This limited edition kit features a design based on Takeshi Nogami’s “Shindenkai No Maki,” with new resin parts for two pilot figures, plus markings for pilot student Kei Kogarashi.
Decal Option: Pilot student, Kei Kogarashi
Length: 10.8 in (274 mm)
Width: 14.8 in (375 mm)
Ready for recon. Nicknamed “Jake” by the Allies, the Aichi E13A floatplane made long-range recon a reality for the IJN during World War II. E13As were typically launched by catapult, and many were used for kamikaze missions during the latter half of the war. Several E13A1 pilots were from the Kashima Naval Flying Group, which had begun as a flight training group in 1938. This limited edition kit features a separately molded catapult and two marking options.
IJN Kashima NFG, Kashi-98
IJN Kashima NFG, Kashi-95
Length: 6.3 in (160 mm)
Width: 7.9 in (200 mm)
Interwar interceptor. Developed in the late thirties, this powerful fighter was both lighter and faster than previous models in the line and it was equipped with the same power plant. This combination of light weight and high power made it an exceptional aircraft. Nevertheless, the pace of aeronautic developments was accelerating rapidly. In very short order, the biplane would be obsolete and open cockpits went the way of the Dodo Bird. By WWII, all were relegated to training schools. This limited edition kit features two sets of decals.
U.S. Navy USS Saratoga VF-1B Tophatters Code: 1-F-5 1933-34
U.S. Navy USS Lexington VF-5B Code: 5-B-7 1935
Length: 7.6 in (194 mm)
Width: 11.3 in (287 mm)
One massive mascot. Air Do operates five Boeing 767-300. Three of them are the standard model and two are modified ER extended range versions. Beardo is a bear-like mascot for the Air Do line that sometimes appears on the tails of its aircraft.
Decal Option:AIR DO Beardo Hokkaido Jet
Length: 10.7 in (273 mm)
Width: 9.5 in (242 mm)
Eagles from Naha. When it took its first flight in July, 1972, there was little doubt that the F-15 Eagle would be an all-out success. But after 40 years in the air it remains one of the world’s most successful fighters with over 100 victories. The “J” variant of the F-15 is an export model purpose-designed for Japan. It has been upgraded several times over this service life and continues to be one of the finest aircraft in the JASDF inventory. This limited edition kit features metal and photoetched parts plus an emblem of 204SQ and full decals.
Decal Option:JASDF 9AW 204SQ Code: 955 (52-8955) Naha A.B. January 2016
Length: 16 in (406 mm)
Width: 10.7 in (272 mm)
The fighter of the future, here today. In years to come, aerial warfare will change as more sophisticated weapons emerge. The F-35 is intended to counter improvements in detection and engagement systems using stealth to improve its survivability in a world swarming with SAM batteries. Today, this multirole aircraft is active with the US air Force, the JASDF, and on order with Korea and Israel. Kit features decals for the first F-35 to be delivered to the JASDF.
Decal Option: JASDF First Aircraft Code: AX-1:701 (69-8701) August 2016
Length: 8.6 in (217.5 mm)
Width: 5.8 in (148 mm)
Train and fight. Ashiya Air Base was taken over by the US after WWII, used throughout the Korean War, then handed back to Japan in the sixties. Today, the shorter runway at Ashiya is used to fly off training missions for the JASDF. Their Kawasaki T4 trainers are some of the most agile small jet aircraft available. The type was originally introduced in 1988 and just over two hundred were built. This limited edition kit combo features two aircraft with special decals for Ashiya Air Base.
JASDF 13FTW Ashiya Special Code: 634 (06-5634) Oct., 2016
JASDF 13FTW Ashiya Special Code: 807 (26-5807) Oct., 2016
66 x 66 pieces
Length: 7.1 in (181 mm)
Width: 5.4 in (138 mm)
BOOM. With shells weighing nearly 5,000 pounds, filled with hundreds of pounds of high explosive, the “Karl Gerat” (Karl Device) made a significant impact wherever it went. Fortunately for the Allies, it wasn’t capable of going many places. Although it could move under its own power, its massive size limited it to traveling at six mph and only using pre-prepared firing sites. In total, seven were built along with over a dozen specially modified panzers for ammo transport. Kit features four sets of decals.
German Army Gerat 040 (60cm) Adam
German Army Gerat 041 (54cm) Baldul
German Army Gerat 040 (60cm) Baldul
Extra decal: Eva
Length: 6.2 in (158 mm)
Width: 2.2 in (55 mm)
Fight through the war in the Belkans. Will you be a mercenary, a soldier, or a knight? As the mysterious “Cipher” from Ace Combat Zero, you get to choose. When Namco brought out Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, it was one of the best fighting flight simulators out there. It featured actual moral choices, a solid plot, and an intricate flying/fighting system. In it you can fly many aircraft including the F-15C-one of the most successful of all modern fighter aircraft. Kit features decal for Ustio Air Force 6th Air Division 66th Air Force Unit Pilot: Cipher GALM1: 032 from “Ace Combat Zero the Belkan War”.
Decal Option: Ustio Air Force 6th Air Division 66th Air Force Unit Pilot: Cipher GALM1: 032
Length: 3.9 in (100 mm)
Width: 3.7 in (95 mm)
In a war without end. Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War was one of the best fighting flight simulators out there and it featured actual moral choices. “Pixy” the wingman for most of the game finally defects when the war becomes too brutal. With a solid plot and an intricate flying/fighting system, it’s no wonder Ace Combat is such a popular franchise. In it you can fly many aircraft including the highly successful F-15C. Kit features decal for Ustio Air Force 6th Air Division 66th Air Force Unit Pilot: Pixy GALM2: 011 from “Ace Combat Zero the Belkan War”.
Decal Option: Ustio Air Force 6th Air Division 66th Air Force Unit Pilot: Pixy GALM2: 011
Length: 3.9 in (100 mm)
Width: 3.7 in (95 mm)
1970 East African Safari Rally Winner. The East African Safari is one of the most difficult rally races in the world. Held in Kenya, racers face rough roads, unpredictable weather, and long timed hauls. Some people look at winning an East African Safari Rally as winning three normal rallies, which makes it all the more exemplary that Edgar Herrmann won two rallies back to back in 1970 and 1971. For 1970, he drove a Nissan Bluebird 1600-one of the most reliable marks of cars available.
Decal Option: Number 4 Rally Racer
Length: 6.9 in (176 mm)
Width: 2.8 in (70 mm)
Off-roading at its best. The East African Safari Rally is one of the most difficult rally races in the world. Held in Kenya, racers face rough roads, unpredictable weather, and long timed hauls. How many commutes involve giraffe crossing zones? Edgar Herrmann won the race two years running, the second time with a Datsun Fairlady 240Z. This four wheel drive, four cylinder powered car had the reliability and performance to go the distance.
Decal Option: Number 11, the 1971 Safari Rally Winner
Length: 7.2 in (182 mm)
Width: 2.7 in (68 mm)