Saturday, December 16

Hasegawa's January items are on a steady course, maybe with one exception...

Hasegawa's January items offer some nice releases in new colours & re-released as well as one just looney kit I am sure you will have trouble spotting amongst this lot...Check them out in our preview...

Hasegawa’s releases for January 2018

Mitsubishi G4M2A Type 1 Attack Bomber Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Mfg. Number: 02263
Pieces: 163

The battle for the Philippines was devastating. Japan committed over half a million men to control of their acquisition. Facing them, combined, were a million and a half US soldiers and organized Filipino resistance fighters. Japan committed waves of obsolete fighters and bombers into the conflict, some as kamikazes, and ordered its infantry to hold out at all costs to no avail. Filipino/American forces drove the Japanese into the mountains and jungles or off the islands entirely. Over 330,000 Japanese soldiers died. Two years later, the Philippines were declared independent.

Decal Options:
IJN 763rd N.F.G. 702nd Attack SQ. Code: 763-12 Luzon island Nov., 1944 - Jan., 1945
IJN 752nd N.F.G. 702nd Attack SQ. Code: 02-13 Luzon island Oct. - Nov., 1944

F-15J Eagle 201SQ Chitose Air Base Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Mfg. Number: 02265
Pieces: 138
Watching the northern limits of Japanese airspace isn't easy. Hokkaido, the northern island of the Japanese archipelago is far more rural and rugged than much of the country. For sixty years, Chitose Air Base has maintained a watch over this space, guarding against incursions from Russia, primarily. The F-15J Eagle is the exceptional aircraft that firmly turns away any encroaching aircraft. It's an exceptionally fast and heavily armed but relatively economical warbird. Limited edition kit features special, 60th-anniversary decal set.
Decal Option:
JASDF 2nd AW 201st SQ Chitose A.B. 60th Anniversary Special Marking Code: 860 (52-8860) Chitose A.B. July 2017

Finish Line Mazda 767B Limited Edition
1/24th scale
Mfg. Number: 20325
Pieces: 80
The Mazda 767B made its motorsports debut on the track of the IMSA 24 Hours of Daytona in 1989. By the race's end, the 767B scored a respectable fifth-place finish, encouraging Mazda to test the car at other tracks. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans competition, two 767Bs finished in seventh and ninth places. The following year wasn't as promising for Mazda; the 767B finished in 20th place.
Decal Option:
Le Mans 24 Hours Race, 1989, Mazda Speed Team, Car no. 201

Toyota 2000GT 1967 Suzuka 500km Winner Limited Edition
1/24th scale
Mfg. Number: 20327
Pieces: 100
Sporting a signature "figure-eight" layout, the Suzuka Circuit started out as a Honda test track in 1962. By 1967, Hiroshi Fushida was winning the 500km race on it. Fushida's success in 1967 wasn't his last; the popular driver also placed first in Class C of the 1975 Hardie Ferodo 1000.
Decal Options:
Suzuka 500 km Race 1967, Winner: Car no. 61, Driver: Hiroshi Fushida
Suzuka 500 km Race 1967, Car no. 60, Driver: Shihomi Hosoya

Maschinen Fireball SG & SG Prowler (2 kits) Limited Edition
1/35th scale
Mfg. Number: 64113
Pieces: 42 / 49
The sci-fi series Maschinen Krieger was created by artist Kow Yokoyama in the early 1980s, first appearing in the popular magazine Hobby Japan. The series was inspired by armour and aircraft from both World Wars, as well as several iconic science fiction films. Today, Maschinen Krieger continues to have a devoted cult following, thanks to its celebrated return to Hobby Japan magazine in 2009. This limited-edition kit combo features two kits with powered suit parts and four marking options for the Mercenary Troops Arms Armoured Fighting Suite Space Type.

Polikarpov I-153 Finnish Air Force Limited Edition
1/48th scale
Mfg. Number: 07461
Pieces: 100
Designed by the Soviet Union in the lead up to WWII, the Polikarpov I-153 was one of the world's last successful biplane fighters. It combined the tremendous maneuverability of all biplanes with high speeds and four machine guns. When the Soviets opened the Winter War against Finland, Finland used everything at its disposal to fight back. This included several captured I-153s which managed to shoot down many of their former comrades!
Decal Options:
Finnish A.F. 3./LeLv 6 Captain Per-Erik Ahonius Code: IT-16 July 1942
Finnish A.F. 3./LeLv 6 Pilot Officer Olavi Puro Code: IT-18 October 1942

J-15 Chinese Navy 2017 Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Mfg. Number: 02264
Pieces: 204
The PRC J-15 fighter is an aggressive carrier-capable copy of the Sukhoi-33. Liaoning, an aircraft carrier, was bought from Ukraine to be turned into a "casino". Instead, the carrier was armed, upgraded, and used to launch the J-15. Today, it serves as a "training" vessel that is instructing the Chinese Navy in the finer points of aircraft carrier construction, operation, and armament. Limited edition kit features decals for two Liaoning-based aircraft.
Decal Options:
Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Carrier Liaoning Code: 116 2017
Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Carrier Liaoning Code: 105, 111, 120 2017

Zakspeed ZK891 Limited Edition
1/24th scale
Mfg. Number: 20324
Pieces: 70
For 1989's Formula One season, Zakspeed enlisted Japan's Aguri Suzuki and Germany's Bernd Schneider to take its 891 racer to first place. Unfortunately, the car's underpowered engine prevented these skilled drivers from achieving that goal. As a result, Zakspeed bowed out of F1 racing and went back to touring car success.
Decal Options:
Formula One World Championship 1989 Zakspeed Racing Team Car no. 35, Driver Aguri Suzuki
Formula One World Championship 1989 Zakspeed Racing Team Car no. 34, Driver Bernd Schneider

JTCC SOK BMW 318i Limited Edition
1/24th scale
Mfg. Number: 20326
Pieces: 70
The All Japan Touring Car Championship (JTCC) was one of the most prestigious races of the 1980s and 1990s. In touring car races, vehicles are tested as much on endurance and handling as they are speed-making them some of the most demanding races in the world. Japanese cars typically dominated the race, but occasionally, international cars and drivers would claim the prize.
Decal Option:
JTCC: All Japan Touring Car Championship, Team Take One, Car no. 30

Japanese Navy Airmen Set
1/72nd scale
Mfg. Number: 35116
Pieces: 64
The Imperial Japanese Navy established the First Air Fleet in April of 1941, which consolidated five separate fleets into one dominating air force. At its disposal were 10 aircraft carriers and 3,000 aircraft, including the legendary Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Although the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service proved quite effective for the first half of the war, gasoline and troop shortages contributed greatly to late-war battle losses. Kit features parts for 16 pilot figures in six different poses.

Happy Egg Girls "Rei Hazumi" with 54cm Mörser Karl Limited Edition
1/72nd scale
Stock Number: HSGS5270
Pieces: 228
What's better than a 54cm mortar that fires 2,760 lb shells six miles? How about the same gun with a hot chick straddling the barrel and a flag? The "Karl-Gerat" or "Mörser Karl" rushed to Russia where it socked the Soviets then, later, brought the war to Warsaw where it pounded the Poles. Afterwards, it was aimed at the Americans but had to be rerouted to help rain ammo on the Red Army. 
Kit features 1/72 scale 54cm Mörser Karl plus a new, resin, girl figure and flagpole ornament in 1/24 scale.

Mikoyan-25RBT Foxbat Russian Air Force Limited Edition
1/48th scale
Stock Number: HSGS7462
Mfg. Number: 07462
Pieces: 170
One of many MiG-25 variants, the MiG-25RBT Foxbat boasted Tangaz Electronic Signals Intelligence (ELINT) equipment that made it a must-have for recon and bombing missions. Thanks to a top speed of Mach 2.83, the MiG-25RBT remains the second-fastest recon aircraft (after the SR-71 Blackbird). The aircraft also set a number of high-altitude records worldwide, in which altitudes of 20,000 meters or greater were reached. This limited-edition kit features plastic parts produced by ICM.
Decal Option:
Russian AF, Code: Red-55

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