Saturday, June 18

Lots of diverse subjects in the new item August preview from Hasegawa

Eagles, Rhinos, Growlers Superbikes, Supercars, Rally stars, a Rocket laden Mustang and a Mitzi and weird looking VW combi? Sounds suspiciously like Hasegawa is diversifying. Let’s look at their releases in our preview to try to plan your next build in time for their release….

Hasegawa’s new items for August 2016

 Lancia 037 Rally Grifone Limited Edition
1/24th scale
Mfg. Number: 20277
151 pieces
Length: 6.5 in (166 mm)
Width: 3 in (75 mm)
Age: 14+
Introduced in 1982, the Lancia 037 Rally was a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, race-optimized reworking of the popular Lancia Monte Carlo. Although it was only used for a few racing seasons, it managed to score six major WRC victories in its brief career. In the 1984 Sanremo Rally, driver Fabrizio Tabaton took his Lancia 037 toward a fourth-place finish. A year later, Tabaton captured the Italian Rally Championship title!
Decal Option:
1984 Sanremo Rally, 4th place, Team Grifone, car no. 11, driver: Fabrizio Tabaton

Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Chassis No 4846 Limited Edition
1/24th scale
Mfg. Number: 20278
Pieces: 116
Length: 7.2 in (182 mm)
Width: 3 in (77 mm)
Age: 14+
Designed virtually in secret by Lamborghini engineers, the Miura was the perfect blend of on-road car and race car. 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. 4846 full restoration for Miura 50th Anniversary March 1966

F-15J Eagle Aggressor No.081 Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Mfg. Number: 02203
Pieces: 142
Length: 10.5 in (267 mm)
Width: 7 in (179 mm)
Age: 14+
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 DJ Aggressor variant was built by Mitsubishi® as a two-seat trainer for the JASDF, which wanted a first-class aircraft that could mimic similarly painted Russian fighters.
Decal Option:
JASDF "Aggressor" Code: 32-8081 2015

Mi-24/35 Mk.III Superhind Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Mfg. Number: 02209
Pieces: 182
Length: 9.7 in (246 mm)
Width: 9.3 in (236 mm)
Age: 14+
Skill: 3
Heavily armed, heavily armoured, capable of carrying troops and now upgraded with advanced weaponry and avionics thanks to ATE of South Africa! It's the ultimate way to say "dasvidaniya" to the opposition. The Hind was a staple of the seventies Soviet armed forces and it's still in service with air forces around the world today! Kit features new resin and metal parts.
Decal Option:
Algerian A.F. Code: ZU-B01

Area-88 J35J Draken Shin Kazama Limited Edition
1/48th scale
Mfg. Number: 64737
Pieces: 109
Length: 12.7 in (323.5 mm)
Width: 7.8 in (198 mm)

Age: 14+
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 several issues, Kazama pilots a J35J Draken with a flaming unicorn head on the tail. The series, which was praised for its white-knuckle dogfighting action, inspired multiple animated films and a television series. This limited edition kit features one marking option inspired by Japan's popular "Area-88" manga.
Decal Option:
Kingdom of Arslan, Area-88, pilot: Shin Kazama

F/A-18E Super Hornet USS Reagan CAG (2 kits) Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Mfg. Number: 52143 SP343
Pieces: 118 / 118
Length: 10 in (255 mm)
Width: 7.2 in (184 mm)
Age: 14+

 The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet has been an integral part of the US Navy since 1999, supporting America's interests wherever it flies. Super Hornets from VFA-115 and VFA-195 serve on the USS Ronald Reagan as part of Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan. CVW-5 has deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Desert Storm and more. This limited edition combo includes two complete kits. Kit features two decal options: VFA-115 "Eagles" and VFA-195 "Dambusters", both deployed aboard USS Ronald Reagan to Atsugi Airbase as part of CVW-5.
Decal Options:
U.S. Navy USS Ronald Reagan VFA-115 "Eagles" CVW-5 CAG Code: NF300 Atsugi A.B.
U.S. Navy USS Ronald Reagan VFA-195 "Dambusters" CVW-5 CAG Code: NF400 Atsugi A.B.

EA-18G Growler USS Ronald Reagan CVW-5 CAG Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Mfg. Number: 52144 SP344
Pieces: 177
Age: 14+
Length: 10 in (255 mm)
Width: 7.5 in (191 mm)
The EA-18G Growler is designed for electronic warfare. The US Navy's Electronic Attack Squadron 141 (VAQ-141) is based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The squadron is perhaps most famous for its participation in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In February of 2010, the "Shadowhawks" became the second operating squadron to transition to the EA-18 Growler. By July 2011, VAQ-141 was deployed to the Middle East on board the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush.
Decal Option:
USS Ronald Reagan VAQ-141 "Shadowhawks" CVW-5 Code: NF500, Atsugi Airbase

Volkswagen Type 2 Delivery Van Egg Girl 2016 Limited Edition
1/24th scale
Mfg. Number: 52145 SP345
Pieces: 70
Age: 14+
Length: 7.1 in (180 mm)
Width: 2.8 in (72 mm)
Volkswagen introduced the Type 2 Delivery Van in 1950, and it was a trend-setter from the very start. Imitators came and went over the years, but the Type 2 remains an automotive icon to this day. In the U.S., it is most remembered as a favourite transport of the counterculture movement during the 1960s and 1970s. Models from this era continue to be popular with aficionados, who've affectionately nicknamed them "vee-dubs" and "hippie-mobiles." This limited edition kit features special markings with three Hasegawa "Egg Plane Girls."
Decal Option:

 Mitsubishi F-2B 21SQ Return to Matsushima AB Limited Edition
1/48th scale
Mfg. Number: 07439
Pieces: 185
Length: 12.9 in (328 mm)
Width: 9.6 in (244 mm)
Age: 14+
The Mitsubishi F-2B 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. After the historic Tohoku earthquake, Matsushima Airbase was devastated by a tsunami. All 18 F-2s stationed there were heavily damaged with 12 totally destroyed. Now, the 21st Squadron is going back. Kit features a special "Return to Matsushima" decal.

Decal Option:
JASDF 4th AW 21st SQ special marking of "Return to Matsushima A.B." Code: 116 (33-8116) March 2016

Length: 11.8 in (300 mm)
Width: 16.5 in (418 mm)
Pieces: 250
Age: 14+
Dive-bombing. Torpedo-bombing. Night fighting. The Junkers Ju88 could do it all - and then some. Over the hot, dusty battlefields of North Africa, the A-5 tropical relied on extensive air filters to keep out sand and dirt. Rommel's Afrikakorps relied on the Ju88 for support strikes against Allied armour and positions. The broad-winged Ju88 could carry 3-4,000 lbs of bombs to targets at moderate range. Used effectively as part of Rommel's combined arms strategy, the Ju88 helped Germany reverse Italian losses in North Africa and nearly carry the continent.
Decal Options:
Luftwaffe Stab / LG1 Kommodore Oberstleutnant Friedrich-Karl Knust Code: L1+AA Mediterranean Sea 1941
Luftwaffe 12. / LG1 Code: L1+LW North Africa 1942

P-51D Mustang with Rocket Tubes Limited Edition
1/32nd scale
Mfg. Number: 08244 
Length: 11.8 in (299 mm)
Width: 13.4 in (341 mm)
Pieces: 125
Age: 14+
Fast, long ranged, heavily armed, and heavily armoured, the P-51 turned the tide in the air against Germany. The bombers it escorted made it through, bombed accurately and rendered the Luftwaffe obsolete. So, suddenly, the Mustang had to change job descriptions. Rocket tubes slung under the wings gave the Mustang the ability to smash ground installations and vehicles. These strafing runs helped smooth the way for ground troops and shatter the infrastructure Germany needed to wage war. Kit features new rocket tube parts plus decals for two WWII aircraft.
Decal Options:
USAAF 10AF 2ACG: 2nd Commando Group Code: 24: Little Indian India 1945
USAAF 15FW 47FS Code: 150: Li'l Butch Iwo Jima 1945

Yamaha YZR500 Team Lucky Strike Limited Edition
1/12th scale
Mfg. Number: 21710
Pieces: 167
Length: 6.57 in (167 mm)
Width: 2.05 in (52 mm)
Age: 14+
From 1973-2002, the Yamaha YZR500 led four 500 cc Grand Prix riders to ten world championships. One of the most famous riders to take the helm of the YZR500 was Wayne Rainey. For the 1989 season, Rainey rode for the Roberts team placed first in the US, Germany and the Netherlands, scored 210.5 points overall and earned a second-place finish for the season. He would later win three championships in '91, '92 and '93. This limited edition kit features new brake calliper parts and decals for number 17, Wayne Rainey.
Decal Option:
Team Luck Strike Roberts Yamaha 1989 WGP500 2nd place Car no.3 Rider: Wayne Rainey
These kits should be out in August of this year – check out the Hasegawa website for more info on all of their kits.