Tuesday, October 6

Hasegawa’s new items for January 2016 are already announced – roll on the new year…

Hasegawa’s new items for January are already in development. OF course there are the same re-kits with new bits but other, more interesting new models as well – take a look at the new year’s celebration from Japan here…

Hasegawa’s new items January 2016

1/450 IJN Aircraft Carrier-Based Aircraft Set
Stock Number: HSGS7156
Pieces: 78
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
Aircraft delivered many of the decisive blows of the Pacific War. From Pearl Harbor to the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the long range, striking power, and relatively low cost of aircraft made them the weapon of choice for combats in the far-flung reaches of the Pacific Ocean. A combination of dive bombers like "Grace", torpedo bombers like "Jill", "Myrt" recon, and fighters like "George" and the "Type 52" gave Japan a well-balanced and lethal striking arm. Kit features eighteen total aircraft: Zero Type 52 (6), "Grace" (3), "Jill" (3), "Myrt" (3), and "George (3).
Decal Options:
IJN 601st N.F.G. (Imaginary marking)
Zero Fighter Type 52 - Code: 601-33, 601-34
Grace - Code: 601-246
Jill - Code: 601-376
Myrt - Code: 601-13
George - Code: 601-102


1/48 F-4EJ Phantom II Old Fashion Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 07419
Pieces: 133
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
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 JASDF. This limited edition kit features six sets of JASDF markings.
Decal Options:
JASDF 7th A.W. 305SQ. Code: 353 (57-8353) Hyakuri A.B.
JASDF 301SQ.
JASDF 302SQ.
JASDF 303SQ.
JASDF 304SQ.
JASDF 306SQ.


1/72 Junkers JU88F Long Range Recon Plane Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02180
Pieces: 124
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
Expected Release Date: 1/1/2016
The Ju 188 was a longer range, increased payload version of the Ju 88. It was ready for action in 1944-at roughly the exact same time that Germany no longer needed long range bombers and was desperately in need of fighters. Failing fortunes of war saw the "F" variant of the Ju 188 become a reconnaissance aircraft and the Ju 188 in general pushed into roles it was not designed for. Limited edition kit features camera window and drop tanks parts plus decals for two versions.
Decal Options:
Luftwaffe 3.(F)/Aufkl.Gr.22 Code: 4N+FL Finland Spring 1944
Luftwaffe 3.(F)/Aufkl.Gr.33 Code: 8H+EL


Egg Plane TBF/TBM Avenger
Mfg. Number: 60138 TH28
Pieces: 24
Age: 14+
Skill: 1
Tested just before the outbreak of WWII, the TBF Avenger was first deployed during the Battle of Midway in 1942. The Avenger was the heaviest single-engine aircraft of its time, and it was also the first to feature a compound wing folding mechanism, which helped maximize space on aircraft carriers. Sturdy and reliable, it was later adapted for use as a transport, trainer and bomber in civilian service. Kit features an egg-plane version of the TBF/TBM Avenger with two sets of decals.
Decal Options:
TBF-1C: U.S. Navy USS Mission Bay Code: E16
TBM-1C: U.S. Navy VC-42 Code: 21


1/72 F-14A Tomcat Ace Combat Wardog Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 52135 SP335
Pieces: 195
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
The skies above Osean are blue and full of screaming metal. As a member of "Wardog Squadron" it is your responsibility to stop the Yuktobanians in their tracks, push them back, and protect the people of Osean. Fortunately for you, you get an F-14A Tomcat-one of the top fighters from the seventies to the nineties, and still in service with second-line air forces around the world to this day. This limited edition kit features a display stand and decals for Wardog Unit for "ACE COMBAT 5".
Decal Option:
Ocean Air Defence Force 108th Tactical Fighter Squadron Sand Island Detachment Wardog Unit Code: 016


1/72 MV-22B Osprey US Marine VIP Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02159
Pieces: 140
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
Combining the speed of an aircraft with the manoeuvrability of a helicopter, the MV-22B Osprey makes a great choice for transporting senior White House personnel. It's able to fully realize HMX-1s mission-transporting ranking VIPs from wherever they are to wherever they need to be quickly and safely. So far, the Osprey is used mainly on "Green Side" missions-carrying VIPs, but not the President or VP. In the future, the Osprey may be transferred to "White Side" missions-transporting the highest ranking individuals in America. Kit features a display stand and two HMX-1 decals.

Decal Options:
US Marine HMX-1 "Nighthawks" Code: 10
US Marine HMX-1 "Nighthawks" Code: 01


1/450 IJN Aircraft Carrier Shinano
Mfg. Number: 40153 Z03
Pieces: 281
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
Expected Release Date: 1/1/2016
Shinano was built and launched in absolute secrecy. She set out for the first time with construction crew still aboard and without a load of aircraft. At her launch she was the largest aircraft carrier ever made, built on the basis of an eight-hundred seventy foot-long battleship hull. The pall of secrecy was drawn so tightly around her that nobody in US Naval Intelligence believed the vessel existed-even after it was sunk by the submarine USS Archer Fish. Kit features five carrier-based planes and full decals.

Decal Option:
IJN November 1944

1/48 Nakajima KI43-III Hayabusa 48th Flt Regiment Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 07418
Pieces: 82
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
The Mitsubishi A6M Zero gets all the attention and all the credit, but it was the Nakajima Ki43 that actually shot down more Allied pilots than any other Japanese aircraft. It was manoeuvrable, fast, and lethal. Like its more famous compatriot, however, the Ki-43 suffered from light Armor and a lack of self-sealing fuel tanks. These two features together made the Hayabusa highly vulnerable to damage from enemy fighters. Limited edition kit features new cowling, exhaust, oil cooler, wheel, and fuel pipe resin parts, plus decals for two versions.

Decal Options:
IJAAF 48th F.R. Code: 21 China 1945
IJAAF 48th F.R. Code: 35 China 1945


1/24 Team Schnitzer BMW 318i BTCC Champion Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 20271
Pieces: 70
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) has run top-notch races since 1958. In touring car races, vehicles are tested as much on endurance and handling as simple speed-making them some of the most demanding races in the world. Overall, the race has been dominated by British drivers, but in 1983 the German BMW 318i driven by Joachim Winkelhock came through as the winner. Kit features decals BMW Team Schnitzer Racing Team.
Decal Options:
BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) 1994 BMW Motorsport Team Schnitzer
Car No.1 Driver: Joachim Winkelhock
Car No.2 Driver: Steve Soper


1/20 Moon/Space Humanoid Unmanned Interceptor Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 64109
Pieces: 180
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
In the dark, futuristic world of Machinen Krieger, most of Earth's population was burned to ash by World War IV. As life returns, war erupts. The power-suited soldiers of the IMA struggle against the roving robots of the SDR. Innovation and adaptation is the key to the IMA's victory. Technology and numbers are the keys to the SDR's domination. This limited edition kit features parts and decals for assembling either Vega or Altair.

Decal Options:
Vega
Altair


1/48 Stratosphere Fighter Ki44-II Fighter Shoki Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 64729
Pieces: 83
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
Compared to the Ki-43 and the Zero, the Ki44 was about as manoeuvrable as a thrown brick. However, it was faster in a climb, faster in a dive, and much more heavily armed than either of its predecessors. It was also the only aircraft in the Japanese arsenal that could confront the B-29 at its cruising altitude with any hope of success. As testament to the ferocity of the conflict: over 1,000 were produced and none exist today. Kit features a 40mm cannon and decals for two aircraft from Leiji Matsumoto's "The Cockpit".

Decal Options:
IJAAF Tojo Type 2 Hei
IJAAF Tojo Type 2 with 40mm cannon

All these kits will be available in January 2016 from Hasegawa’s Distributors..