Tuesday, January 14

Hasegawa's March 2014 item preview is with us today - some nice old friends and new buddies

Hasegawa has some new releases tied in with some much anticipated older re-releases/ special editions this month in their March Item preview…

Hasegawa New items – March 2014

1/72 OA-4M Skyhawk "H&MS Combo" (2 kits) Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02083
Skill Level 3
58 / 58 pieces

The US Marine Corps counts on Headquarters and Maintenance Squadrons like H&MS-12 and H&MS-13 to provide Close Air Support (CAS) during combat missions. Expertly trained pilots, known as Forward Air Controllers, make sure that the squadron hits only its intended target. During the late 1980s, the USMC flew specially modified OA-4M Skyhawks to carry out these dangerous missions. This limited edition kit combo features two OA-4M Skyhawk kits.
Decal Options:
U.S. Marine H&MS-12 "OUTLAWS" Code: WA01 1985
U.S. Marine H&MS-13 Code: YU01 1987

 1/200 ANA B747-400D Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 10803
Skill Level 3
60 pieces
Make no mistake, all jetliners are big but the Boeing 747-400D is truly gargantuan. This leviathan of the skies is capable of carrying 660 passengers on flights of over 8,000 miles (14,000 km). Though that range is possible, All Nippon Airways uses this model for much shorter trips along high density domestic routes. In that configuration, the wingtip extensions commonly found on 747s are removed to cut costs. Build one of the 19 Boeing leviathans that have been delivered to ANA.

Decal Option:
ANA Code: JA8960

 1/72 F-15JE Eagle Air Combat Meet 2013 Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02084
Skill Level 3
138 pieces
With over 100 victories and no losses in air-to-air combat, the F-15 Eagle has long been the unquestioned commander of the sky. This powerful air superiority fighter is quick, agile and capable of deploying a wide array of armaments quickly and accurately to target. In Japan, over 100 of these aircraft were produced for service with the JASDF. Many still fly there today as can be seen in this specially-liveried bird from Air Combat Meet 2013.

Decal Options:
J.A.S.D.F. 2nd AW 203rd SQ Code: 832 Chitose A.B.
J.A.S.D.F. 2nd AW 201st SQ Code: 880 Chitose A.B.

1/700 J.M.S.D.F. DDG Myoko
Mfg. Number: 029
Skill Level 3
158 pieces
Guided Missile Destroyers like the DDG Myōkō can destroy targets on the sea, on land, in the air and beneath the waves. They are packed with long-range radar, laser guided missiles, torpedoes, anti-ballistic missile defence batteries, heavy artillery and rotary-barrel automatic cannons. Thanks to sophisticated radar and guidance systems, it can unleash an unstoppable fusillade of metal at targets far beyond visual range; shredding ships, planes and flesh in an instant. This kit features the most up-to-date decals.

Decal Option:
The latest version of Guided Missile Destroyer MYOKO Code: 175

1/72 P-40E Warhawk "Flying Tigers Combo" (x2 kits) Limited Edition
Skill Level 3
39 / 39 pieces
Stock Number: HSGS2082
P-40 Warhawks served from just before the beginning of World War II straight through to the end. The "P-40E" variants carried larger engines and more guns than their predecessors. Although inferior in speed and manoeuvrability when compared with many contemporary aircraft, experienced formations like the Flying Tigers were able to use the advantages of the Warhawk to deadly effect against Japanese forces in China. This limited edition kit combo features parts and decals for the fighters of Major Edward Rector and Colonel Robert Scott, two leaders of the "Tigers".
Decal Options:
U.S.A.A.F. 23FG 76FS CO Maj. Edward F. Rector Code: 104 China July 1942
U.S.A.A.F. 23FG CO Col. Robert L. Scott Code: 7 China Sep., 1942

1/48 Kawasaki KI61-I Tei Type 3 "56 Regiment" Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 07366
Skill Level 3
64 pieces
The Kawasaki Ki-61-I Tei's tough, modified wings housed dual .50 inch (12.7 mm) Ho-103 cannons, while the fuselage boasted 0.8 inch (20 mm) Ho-5 cannons. Pilots like the 56th Sentai's Major Haruyoshi Furukawa counted on the Ki-61-I Tei's impressive firepower to counter larger Allied bombers, including the B-29 Superfortress. This highly agile fighter helped Furukawa score an estimated five career kills while flying for the Japanese Army Air Force.
Decal Option:
J.A.A.F. 56th FR, Major Haruyoshi Furukawa, Code: 751, Itami AB, 1945

1/48 F-104DJ Starfighter "207SQ Forest Camo" Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 07368
Skill Level 3
146 pieces
Although the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force flew the F-104DJ Starfighter for only twenty years, this Mitsubishi®-built dual-control trainer served with distinction. These specially made two-seat aircraft were used to train pilots from seven different JASDF squadrons, including the 207th Hikotai. Following two decades of supersonic glory, the F-104DJ was retired in 1986. This limited edition kit features new parts for the instrument panel, fuselage, cockpit and canopy.
Decal Options:
J.A.S.D.F. 83A.W. 207SQ. Code: 36-5017
J.A.S.D.F. 83A.W. 207SQ. Code: 46-5008

1/72 Mitsubishi F-2A Air Combat 2013 (2 kits) Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02085
Skill Level 3
128 / 128 pieces
The Mitsubishi® F-2A is an improved F-16. These multi-role fighters have significant air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea capabilities, making them ideal for the JASDF. High top speeds give them nearly as much performance as contemporary dedicated air superiority fighters. Its multi-role ability allows it to act as a force multiplier for ground, air and sea forces. Just fewer than 100 were jointly produced by the US and Japan and they are still the main fighter of the JASDF.
Decal Options:
J.A.S.D.F. 3rd AW 3rd SQ Code: 557 Misawa A.B.
J.A.S.D.F. 3rd AW 8th SQ Code: 558 Misawa A.B.
J.A.S.D.F. 8th AW 6th SQ Code: 563 Tsuiki A.B.

1/32 BF2C-1 5th Bomb Squandron Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 08235
Skill Level 3
92 pieces
The Goshawk was an innovative warbird that helped bridge the gap in technology between the aircraft of WWI and those of WWII. Its chief distinguishing feature was a manually-operated retractable landing gear. This engineering marvel allowed the plane to fly 17 mph. faster than its predecessors. Unfortunately, this chief feature was also its chief flaw. During carrier trials, a multitude of main gear failures prompted the removal of the aircraft from service. This limited edition kit features decals for USN 5th Bomber Squadron Code: 5-B-1 USS Ranger, 1934.
Decal Option:
U.S. Navy 5th bomb SQ. 1st section leader Code: 5-B-1 USS RANGER 1934

These kits look to be available soon and are on pre-order at many hobby shops now – check back to the Hasegawa Page if you want to keep up with their latest..

Hasegawa New items – February 2014

1/48 AH-64D Apache Longbow Israel Air Force Limited Edition
Stock Number: HSGS7365
Skill Level 3
329 pieces

The AH-64A Apache has been unleashing Hellfire missiles and brimstone upon its enemies since 1983. The AH-64's ability to withstand major battle damage while delivering precision strikes against high-priority targets at long range makes it an ideal choice for the Israeli Air Force. It gets its precision from an advanced fire control radar that lets it track 128 and engage 16 targets simultaneously. This limited edition kit features new resin wing plus radar dome, antenna and sensor parts plus decals for two Israeli Air Force variants.
Decal Options:
Israeli A.F. 25th A.W. 113th SQ. Code: 754
Israeli A.F. 25th A.W. 113th SQ. Code: 765

1/48 Kyushu J7W2-S Interceptor Fighter Shinden Kai Limited Edition
Stock Number: HSGS7367
72 pieces
The futuristic shape and novel engine placement of the J7W series made it highly unorthodox for the time. It was meant to be fast and manoeuvrable at high altitudes and to carry a murderous array of 30mm cannons in the nose. Fortunately for American bomber crews, the J7W and its descendant, the J7W2, never made it past the prototype phase. Today, the last of the two prototypes to roll off Watanabe's production lines rests in storage at a museum in the U.S. Limited Edition kit features Luftwaffe and IJN decals.
Decal Options:
I.J.N. 302nd N.A.G. Code: Yo D-1161, Yo D-1168 1947
Luftwaffe Code: Red-10, Red-12 1947

1/72 Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero Rabaul Combo Limited Edition
Stock Number: HSGS2077
Skill Level 3
44 / 42 pieces
Following 1942's Battle of Rabaul, Japanese troops transformed the popular Papua New Guinea township into a major operations hub. Barracks were built. Tunnels were dug. By the following year, about 110,000 Japanese troops were stationed in Rabaul. And where there are troops, there are aircraft. One of Japan's biggest assets was its fleet of A6M3 Zeroes. This first-class fighter helped the IJN control Rabaul until the war's end in 1945. This limited edition kit combo features one Type 22 Zero and one Type 32 Zero, each with three marking options.

Type 22 Decal Options:
Type 22 Koh : I.J.N. 582nd N.F.G. Code: 188 Bougainville 1943
Type 22 Koh : I.J.N. 201st N.F.G. Code: 4-125 Rabaul 1943
Type 22 : I.J.N. 201st N.F.G. Code: 2-119 Rabaul Aug., 1943

1/48 Kawasaki KI45KAI HEI Toryu (Nick) Limited Edition
Stock Number: HSGS7363
139 pieces
Age 14+
Heavy armament made the Ki-45 a formidable foe for the Allies' B-29 Superfortress. One of the IJAAF's most famous Ki-45 pilots was Sadamitsu Kimura, who scored eight B-29 kills. Kimura was awarded the Bukochoso, Japan's Badge for Military Merit, which were given out during the last eight months of WWII. This limited edition kit features projection cannon nose parts.
Decal Options:
I.J.A.A.F. 4th F.R. 2nd Company 2nd Lt. Sadamitsu Kimura Code: 25 Ozuki A.F. Yamaguchi 1945
I.J.A.A.F. 4th F.R. 2nd Company Ozuki A.F. Yamaguchi 1944

1/72 E-2C Hawkeye Iraqi Freedom Limited Edition
Stock Number: HSGS2079
170 pieces

Fifty years after its introduction, the E-2 Hawkeye remains an essential part of the US Navy's aerial arsenal. Currently, this airborne early warning aircraft is only one of two turboprop-powered aircraft to operate from a carrier. The "C" variant was used by two of the Navy's safest squadrons - VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" and VAW-121 "Bluetails" - during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Decal Options:
U.S. Navy USS KITTY HAWK VAW-115 "LIBERTY BELLS" CVW-5 CAG Code: NF600 Bu.No. 165295
U.S. Navy VAW-121 "BLUETAILS" Code: AG601

1/72 Focke-Wulf FW190A-8/D-9 Combo Limited Edition
Stock Number: HSGS2078
40 / 41 pieces

All variants of the Fw-190 were fast, maneuverable and heavily armed; but with Hans Dortenmann at the controls the A-8 and D-9 were true terrors. Hans had survived the early period of the war but had achieved no great acclaim or success until his first aerial victory in 1944. After that victory Hans successes stacked up at a prodigious rate, resulting in a total of 38 victories in the last year and a half of the war. Limited Edition kit combo features two models with decals for three variants.
 Decal Options:
Luftwaffe 14./JG26 Staffelkapitän Oberleutnant Hans Dortenmann "Black-1" Germany March 1944
Luftwaffe 12./JG54 Staffelkapitän Oberleutnant Hans Dortenmann "Red-1" Germany October 1944

1/72 F/A-18F Super Hornet VFA-103 Limited Edition
VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers" 70th Anniversary
Stock Number: HSGS2081
121 pieces
The Jolly Rogers are famous for their history and the skull and crossbones liveries that their F/A-18F Super Hornets bear. For seventy years, the squadron has struck at America's enemies all around the globe. The group flew in Desert Storm and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their F/A-18F Super Hornets are advanced aircraft, capable of delivering strategic munitions to land, sea and air targets. This limited edition kit features a special 70th anniversary decal set for VFA-103 in their present posting aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1 Decal Option:
U.S. Navy USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Vfa-103 "Jolly Rogers" 70 years anniversary special marking CAG Code: AG200 2013

These kits look to be available soon and are on pre-order at many hobby shops now – check back to the Hasegawa Page if you want to keep up with their latest..

Hasegawa New items – January 2014

Stock Number: HSGS7362
The A6M5c Zero Model 52 was distinguished by a thick armoured glass windshield, armor plating behind the pilot's seat and thick wing skinning for improved diving speeds. The Imperial Japanese Navy's 721st Flying Group - also known as the Jinrai Corps - counted on the A6M5c's capabilities in the final days of WWII.
Decal Options:
I.J.N. 721st N.F.G. Code: 721-68 Miyazaki A.B. 1945
I.J.N. 721st N.F.G. Code: 721-23 Miyazaki A.B. February,1945
I.J.N. 721st N.F.G. Code: 721164 Miyazaki A.B. February,1945

Stock Number: HSGS7364
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has operated the two-seat F-15DJ Eagle in training and combat missions since 1981. The J.A.S.D.F. frequently uses the F-15DJ for Aggressor Squadrons, in which they are designed to act as enemy aircraft in war-games. The F-15DJ recreated for this model sports blue and grey camouflage as seen on Russian aircraft. This limited edition kit features new engine nozzle and photo-etched parts.
Decal Options:
J.A.S.D.F. Agressor Code: 92-8068 2013
J.A.S.D.F. Agressor Code: 82-8092 2013

            Stock Number: HSGS2075
Phantom II aircraft were the last aircraft to be flown by aces in the twentieth century-carrying numerous pilots to the five kill mark and beyond. They set sixteen world speed and altitude records that stayed in place for decades. They were America's most commonly produced supersonic aircraft. Though they have been phased out of use by the American military, many of these exceptional craft still provide air reconnaissance for the J.A.S.D.F. This limited edition kit combo features two aircraft with 501st squadron JASDF markings.
Decal Options:
RF-4E: J.A.S.D.F. Air Recon. Group 501st SQ Code: 908 1994
RF-4E: J.A.S.D.F. Air Recon. Group 501st SQ Code: 914, 907, 909 and 906
RF-4EJ : J.A.S.D.F. Air Recon. Group 501st SQ Code: 347

            Stock Number: HSGS2074
The V-22 Osprey has defied convention from day one. It's the world's first operational tilt-rotor aircraft. This unique design gives the V-22 Osprey Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) and Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) capabilities. Although it functions like a heli, the Osprey cruises with the speed and range of a turboprop plane. Limited edition kit features new tail and radar parts, movable engine nacelles, two pilot figures, display stand parts and two decal marking options.
Decal Options:
U.S.A.F. Special Operations Command 58SOG Code: 58OG:0027
U.S.A.F. Special Operations Command Code: 0026

Stock Number: HSGS0802
Airborne Early Warning and Control planes are constantly on the front lines of any conflict. Their massive rotating radar dishes allow these aircraft to detect enemy forces from far further away than fixed, ground-based radar. Although they are generally very fuel-efficient, they can't stay aloft forever. To extend their loiter time, many Air Forces use tanker aircraft in tandem with the AWACS units to provide aerial refueling. This limited edition kit combo contains new aerial refueling boom parts plus four decal sets for JASDF aircraft.
Decal Options:
KC-767J: J.A.S.D.F. 1TAG 404SQ Code: 602 (87-3602)
KC-767J: J.A.S.D.F. A.D.T.W. Code: 601 (87-3601) February, 2008
E-767: J.A.S.D.F. Airborne Early Warning Group Code: 502 April 2005
E-767: J.A.S.D.F. Airborne Early Warning Group Code: 503 April 2005

Stock Number: HSGS2073
The Junkers Ju-88T-1 was a three-seat aircraft designed especially for photo reconnaissance missions. Like the earlier S variant, the T-1 was fitted with GM-1 nitrous oxide boosters which made it the fastest of all Ju-88s. This feature made the Ju-88T-1 a favourite of the Luftwaffe's long-range recon unit, Fernaufklarungsgruppe 123. This limited edition kit features new nose canopy parts, new under-panel parts and new drop tank parts.
Decal Options:
Luftwaffe 2.(F)/123 Code: 4U+VK Greece 1944
Luftwaffe 2.(F)/123 Code: 4U+MK

The East African Safari Rally is a gruelling 3,300 mile race through Kenya. Heat, rain, elevation changes and unpaved roads make this course the harshest rally race in the world. For the 1971 race, the winners drove a Datsun 240Z. These six-cylinder beauties had the combination of endurance and power needed to make the gruelling trek when 80% of their competitors suffered mechanical failures before the finish line. The type went on to win the 1973 rally as well. Kit features decals for #11, the 1971 race winner.

These kits look to be available soon and are on pre-order at many hobby shops now – check back to the Hasegawa Page if you want to keep up with their latest..