Saturday, January 20

Hasegawa's February kits are a little familiar - see if you can spot the differences...

Hasegawa's February items offer lots of stuff we have seen before, but in different boxings - treat it like a game show and see how many you might be interested in our preview...

Hasegawa’s releases for February 2018

US Navy Battleship South Dakota Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 30048 
Skill Level 3
Length: 11.6 in (294 mm) 
Width: 2.2 in (57 mm)
Though it was only in commission for five years, USS South Dakota saw quite a bit of action. She served in the Pacific, participating in the Battle of Guadalcanal and taking quite a bit of damage, and in the Atlantic escorting convoys. While fighting at Guadalcanal, South Dakota had aboard the youngest service member to serve in WWII for the US-Calvin Graham, 12. After a second tour in the Pacific, South Dakota was put in reserve in 1946 and sold for scrap in 1962. This limited edition kit features photo-etched accessory parts for many pieces and full decals.

F-35 Lightning II Israeli Air Force Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02267
68 pieces
Length: 8.5 in (216 mm) 
Width: 5.8 in (148 mm)
At up to 123 million dollars apiece, the F-35 is roughly eight times as expensive as the F-16 it is replacing. However, in terms of combat capability, there's no comparison. The F-35 carries larger loads further and faster than the F-16 and it has a reduced radar and infrared signature. After some teething problems, over two hundred F-35s are in service, nine with the Israeli Air Force. This limited edition kit features full decals for an Israeli Air Force version.

Decal Option:
Israeli A.F. Code: 901

Subaru Legacy RS Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 20328 
74 pieces
Length: 7.4 in (188 mm)
Width: 2.7 in (70.4 mm)
When it was introduced in 1989, the mid-sized Subaru Legacy RS featured a turbocharged DOHC 2.0-liter EJ20G engine that made it a hit with fans of fast cars. At first, it was available exclusively in Japan. Within a few years, this powerhouse could be found in Legacy RS models in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The SOHC EJ22T, similar turbocharged power plant, was featured on the Legacy RS in the U.S. No matter where you bought it, the Legacy RS was a winner. This limited edition kit features detailed parts.

Espo Larrousse LC90 Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 20330 
82 pieces
Length: 7.1 in (180.5 mm)
Width: 3.5 in (89.5 mm)
The Lola LC90 left its mark on the Formula One circuit when Aguri Suzuki took it - and the Espo Larrousse team - to its first podium win at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. During the same season, Suzuki was partnered with Eric Bernard. Bernard complemented Suzuki's victory with a sixth-place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix and a fourth-place finish in the British Grand Prix.

S2F-1(S-2A) Tracker Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02266 
60 pieces
Length: 7 in (179 mm) 
Width: 11.5 in (292 mm)
Lots of aircraft had been used to destroy enemy subs, but the S2F was the first US Navy aircraft to be purpose-built for the task. It could operate from carriers, carry nearly 5,000 lbs of ordnance, fly for over a thousand miles, detect subs from altitude, and blow them out of the water with an impressive variety of weapons up to and including nuclear depth charges. Trackers served with the armed forces of many foreign countries and in civilian firefighting roles. This limited edition kit features decals for JMSDF and US Navy aircraft.

Decal Options:
S2F-1: JMSDF 51st SQ Code: 4159 Shimohusa A.B.

Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 20331 
72 pieces
Length: 6.5 in (164 mm)
Width: 2.8 in (70 mm)
Age 14+
When the Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v was unveiled at the 1989 Geneva Motorshow, rally fans' expectations were high. Fortunately, they were met when the car took home the top prize at the 1989 Sam Remo Rally. Its turbocharged, 2-litre 16v engine reached a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h), which became the key to the car's success on the rally course. This limited edition kit features a realistic recreation of the celebrated Lancia Delta with detailed parts.

Area-88 A-10 Thunderbolt II "Greg Gates" Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 64760 
126 pieces
Length: 8.9 in (225 mm)
Width: 9.5 in (242 mm)
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 both the anime and OVA, a bearded Danish mercenary named Greg Gates serves with Shin. The series, which was praised for its white-knuckle dogfighting action, inspired multiple films and a TV series.

Decal Option:
Kingdom of Arslan Air Force Area-88, Pilot: Greg Gates

Mitsubishi A6M5 ZERO Type 52 Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 08252 
139 pieces
Length: 11.3 in (288 mm) 
Width: 13.5 in (344 mm)
Although Japan was years behind most of the other belligerent nations in radar technology during WWII, it nevertheless had to confront the problem of enemies attacking after dark. Ever increasing raids, especially late in the war, were devastating Japanese cities. To stop some of the attackers, the incredibly maneuverable Mitsubishi ZERO was pressed into a night fighter role. They were equipped with upward-firing 20mm guns intended to tear the bellies out of bombers. Without radar, though, they had difficulty finding their targets. This limited edition kit features slanting gun, droptank, and decals for two IJN aircraft.

Decal Options:
IJN 332nd N.F.G. Code: 32-89 Iwakuni A.B. 1944
IJN 302nd N.F.G. Code: Yo D-129 Atsugi A.B. January, 1945

Spitfire Mk.I & Bf 109E & He 111P/H "The Air Fight Over Dunkirk" Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02270 
28 / 36 / 115 pieces
Length: (Spitfire) 5 in (128 mm); (Bf 109E) 4.8 in (121 mm); (He 111P/H) 9 in (229 mm)
Width: (Spitfire) 6.2 in (157 mm); (Bf 109E) 5.4 in (137 mm); (He 111P/H) 12.4 in (314 mm)
The Battle of Dunkirk tested the mettle of troops from many countries. Early on, RAF pilot Colin F. Gray's Spitfire was severely damaged in a dogfight against a Bf 109. The skirmish sent the Spitfire into a dangerous dive, yet Gray miraculously landed safely. By WWII's end, Gray had 27 kills, making him New Zealand's top flying ace. This limited edition kit combo features a Spitfire Mk.I model with two RAF marking options, plus a Bf 109E kit and one He 111 kit with one Luftwaffe marking option each.

Decal Options:
Spitfire Mk.I
RAF No.54 Sqn Pilot Officer: Colin F. Gray Code: KL-N May, 1940
RAF No.74 Sqn Captain: Adolph G. Malan Code: ZP-A May - June, 1940
Bf109E-4 Luftwaffe 1./JG1 Staffelkapitän Hauptmann Wilhelm Balthasar White-1 (W. Nr.1559) May, 1940
He111H-2 Luftwaffe 1./KG54 Code: B3+DH May, 1940

F-15C Eagle Oregon ANG 75th Anniversary Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02268 
138 pieces
Length: 10.5 in (267 mm) 
Width: 7 in (179 mm)
Founded in 1941, the Oregon Air National Guard (ANG) served in WWII, operated as a national aerospace defence unit for decades, and participated in the Global War on Terrorism. For the group's 75th anniversary in 2016, the unit painted up one of its aircraft in a special livery. This limited edition kit features an F-15 fighter aircraft with a special marking set for the Oregon Air National Guard's 143rd Fighter Wing, 114th Fighter Squadron, 75th-anniversary paint scheme.

Decal Option:
USA Oregon ANG 143FW 114FS 75th Anniversary Special Marking Code: 041 (79041) 2016

ADVAN Porsche 962C Limited Edition
63 pieces
Length: 7.8 in (198 mm)
Width: 3.3 in (83 mm)
Porsche has created countless competitors over the years. However, the 962C remains one of the brand's best designs over thirty years after its original release. The 962C competed in 1989's All Japan Sports Prototype Car Endurance Championship, where it took on Fuji Speedway's ten taut turns an impressive 0.9 mile (1.5 km) long straights. Kunimitsu Takahashi travelled the course with confidence, scoring a first-place finish. This limited edition kit features one marking option.

Decal Option:
1989 JSPC: All Japan Sports Prototype Car Endurance Championship, ADVAN Alpha Nova Team, Car no. 

Isuzu Gemini JT190
Mfg. Number: 21126 
103 pieces
Length: 6.7 in (170 mm) 
Width: 3 in (76 mm)
Produced from the mid-seventies until 2000, the Isuzu Gemini had a solid production run over several variants and iterations. The JT190 variant was powered by a DOHC I4 engine with more than enough power to shift the relatively small car at a good clip. Kit features new tooling and full decals.

F-14A Tomcat "VF-84 Jolly Rogers" Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 02269 
195 pieces
Length: 10.5 in (266 mm)
Width: 10.7 in (271 mm)
More than a decade after the F-14 Tomcat was retired from service with the US Navy, it continues to catch the imagination of a generation. Its swing-wing style, incredible agility, and combat ability made it the most dominant aircraft in the sky for nearly thirty years. VF-84, Jolly Rogers, flew the aircraft to quite a few victories.

Decal Option:
US Navy USS Nimitz VF-84 "Jolly Rogers" CAG Code: AJ200 1981-1982

"Tiger of Rhine" King Tiger (Henschel Turret) Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 64759 
Skill Level 3
264 pieces
Length: 11.4 in (290 mm)
Width: 4.2 in (106 mm)
Fans of Leiji Matsumoto's mangas and anime films are aware of his affinity to World War II vehicles. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Matsumoto's "The Cockpit," which features several WWII icons, including the King Tiger. His enthusiasm for WWII isn't limited to print media. For proof, check out the anime adaptation of "The Cockpit," which debuted in 1993. This limited edition kit features a design inspired by Leiji Matsumoto's battlefield manga "Tiger of Rhine," included in his book, "The Cockpit."

Nakajima Ki44-II Otsu SHOKI Limited Edition
Mfg. Number: 07463 
Skill Level 3
83 pieces
Length: 7.3 in (186 mm) 
Width: 7.8 in (197 mm)
When armed with short-ranged 40mm cannons like the aircraft in this kit, the Ki-44 "Tojo" was one of few aircraft available to the Japanese that constituted a serious threat to the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Pilots had to get close, within 490ft, just to get a chance of a hit with the 40s. However, if they did hit, lots and lots of really not good things ensued. This limited edition kit features 40mm cannon parts, brass gun barrel, and decals for two 47th Flight Regiment aircraft.

Decal Options:
IJAAF 47th F.R. Code: Red-71
IJAAF 47th F.R. Code: Red-65

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