Sunday, September 24

Hasegawas releases for October, two legs, flat bottoms, bomb bays, torpedos and Lambos.

Hasegawa's August releases are, as usual, diverse, very nice looking whilst again fairly familiar to a lot of people out there, Check them out in our preview to see what is new and what has changed in their September kits...

Hasegawa’s new items for October 2017

Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 "Finnish Air Force Aces" (2 kits) Limited Edition
Number: 02259
Skill Level 3
48 / 48 pieces
Length: 4.9 in (124 mm)
Width: 5.2 in (132 mm)
Fighter Squadron No. 34 faced off against the Soviet forces that had been pressing the borders of Finland since 1939. With an operational strength of just 16 Bf109s, the unit suffered 30 losses but managed to down 345 enemy aircraft. This tally was due in no small part to Ilmari Juutilainen, the top scoring pilot in Finnish aviation and to Hemmo Leino who achieved 11 aerial victories in his career. This limited edition kit combo features two Bf109G-6s with decals for Ilmari and Hemmo.

Decal Options:
Finnish A.F. 1/LeLv 34 W.O. Eino Ilmari Juutilainen White 0:MT-451 June 1944
Finnish A.F. 1/LeLv 34 S.Sgt. Hemmo Leino White 3:MT-423 June 1944

Pz.Kpfw IV ausf.F2 & 8t Half Track & 88mm Gun Flak 18 "Rommel Afrika Korps"
1/72nd scale
Skill Level 3
93 / 71 / 97 pieces
Age 14+
Look out Egypt! This set includes the incredible Panzer IV which conquered from the gates of Moscow to the English Channel and from Northern Norway to North Africa, the 88mm Flak Gun that did so much more than shoot down aircraft, and an 8-ton Half-Track to haul it. 
To command it all, there's a figure of Rommel-The Desert Fox-grudgingly admired by friend and foe alike for his wily near-conquest of Africa against incredible odds. This limited edition kit combo features three models and a metal Rommel figure.

Shinmeiwa SS-2 "Rescue Seaplane" Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Skill Level 3
182 pieces
Length: 17.8 in (453 mm)
Width: 18 in (458 mm)
GPS, sonar, computerized control - it all counts for nothing in the face of the wrath of the Pacific. When all the fail-safes fail, the Shinmeiwa is there to save the day. These aircraft are massive quad-prop flying boats that are capable of taking onboard up to twenty stranded mariners or 12 stretchers. It's definitely the kind of thing you want to see when you're lost on the sea.

Decal Option:
JMSDF (assumption marking)

Mitsubishi F-2A "3SQ 60th Anniversary" Limited Edition
1/72th scale
Skill Level 3
128 pieces
Length: 8.2 in (209 mm)
Width: 6.1 in (156 mm)
The Mitsubishi F-2A may not be the most famous fighter around, but it is certainly one of the most impressive. The F-2 has the distinction of being the first military aircraft equipped with Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Its wing area is also 25 percent larger than other fighters in its class. These advantages make the F-2 a key element of the JASDF units tasked with defending Japan's strategic airspace. This limited edition kit features a special marking for 3rd air wing, 3rd Squadron 60th anniversary special marking.

Decal Option:
JASDF 3rd AW 3rd SQ 60th Anniversary Special marking Code: 524 (43-8524) Misawa A.B. 2016

Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Limited Edition
1/24th scale
Skill Level 3
116 pieces
Length: 7.2 in (182 mm)
Width: 3 in (77 mm)
Designed virtually in secret by Lamborghini engineers, the Miura was the perfect blend of on-road car and racecar. Its exquisite lines, great handling, and powerful V-12 engine put the competition to shame. There was simply nothing else to match it on the market in the seventies. Adding to its mystique is the rarity of the type-less than a thousand were built with only 150 of the P400 SV built.

Decal Option:
Chassis No.5030

1/450th scale
Skill Level 3
192 pieces
Length: 17.2 in (438 mm)
Width: 3.5 in (89 mm)
The largest ships built by Japan since the end of the Second World War, these "helicopter destroyers" are every bit as large as the aircraft carriers of other nations. Currently, they only operate rotary wing aircraft or tilt rotors. Hyuga herself, commissioned in 2009, hasn't seen any combat but did help with disaster relief after the 2011 earthquake in Japan and has been used to help keep a close eye on North Korea's nuke program. Kit features detailed parts and full decals for DDH-181.

Decal Option:

BMW 2002 Turbo
1/24th scale
Skill Level 3
134 pieces
Length: 6.9 in (176 mm)
Width: 2.7 in (68 mm)
It really doesn't look like much, but beneath the standard 70's euro-car exterior, there's quite the engine. A turbocharged two-liter engine delivered 170 horsepower straight to the tires. That much power meant this thing could flat fly. Sadly, practical consideration like fuel consumption, coupled with the 1973 oil crisis limited production of this powerful performer to less than 2,000 vehicles. Kit features new fender, rear seat, wheel, tail light, front grill, and tire parts.

Decal Option:
BMW 2002 turbo late type

MechatroWeGo No.07 Power Arm "Purple & Pink" (2 kits) Limited Edition
1/35th scale
Skill Level 3
86 / 86 pieces
Length: 3 in (76.5 mm)
Width: 2.7 in (68.5 mm)
Shall WeGo?
Back in a new color with cool power arm parts, the MechatroWeGo is still the most incredible mechanical conveyance to hit the market since the bicycle. It's perfect for getting your young one safely to and from school, soccer practice, the mall, and more! Pick up this set and get two WeGos to take anywhere. This limited edition kit combo features moving joints, boy and girl figure parts, power arm parts, and more.

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (2 kits) Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Skill Level 3
118 / 121 pieces
Length: 10 in (255 mm)
Width: 7.2 in (184 mm)
The Black Knights and the Argonauts both fly the F/A-18 Super Hornet from USS Nimitz, and it's easy to see why. The F/A-18 is a thoroughly massive and destructive machine. Perfect for precision strikes with incredible amounts of ordnance. Nimitz is the pride of the Navy, a gigantic supercarrier capable of embarking multiple squadrons and taking them virtually anywhere in the world where there are more than forty feet of water. This limited edition kit combo features two Super Hornets and decals for VFA-154 "Black Knights" and VFA-147 "Argonauts" aboard USS Nimitz.

Decal Options:
F/A-18F: USS Nimitz VFA-154 "Black Knights" CAG Code: NH100 2017
F/A-18E: USS Nimitz VFA-147 "Argonauts" CAG Code: NH200 2017

Scale Mitsubishi G3M2/G3M3 Type 96 Attack Bomber (Nell) With Torpedo
1/72nd scale
Skill Level 3
94 pieces
Length: 9 in (228.5 mm)
Width: 13.7 in (347 mm)
The Mitsubishi G3M was introduced in 1935, as a result of a request from the Imperial Japanese Navy for a new heavy bomber. G3M2 models offered increased fuel capacity and more powerful engines, while G3M3s (built by Nakajima) were designed for long-range flight. This special reissue limited edition kit offers the choice of a G3M2 or a G3M3, bomb/torpedo parts.

Destroyer Asashio
Skill Level 3
88 pieces
Length: 6.7 in (169 mm)
Width: 0.6 in (15 mm)
Asashio, lead vessel of the Asashio class, was one of the exceptionally large, powerful destroyers laid down by the Japanese in the interwar period. It was equipped with six 12.7cm guns but, like with many Japanese warships, its chief armament was Japan's superior torpedo technology. Asashio fought at Midway, Guadalcanal, and other places before being sunk at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Kit features decals for Asashio as part of the 8th Destroyer Squadron in December, 1941.

Decal Option:
IJN 8th destroyer SQ. Dec., 1941

These kits should be out in August - check out the Hasegawa website for more info on all of their kits.