Hasegawa August 2017 Releases
“Akeno Flying School”. By December, 1943, Japan was seriously in need of new pilots. A series of gritty conflicts with opponents across the area of operations had ground down the Japanese Army Air Service and replacements were desperately needed from schools like Akeno. Akeno, for its part, needed more fuel, tires, instructors, aircraft, and, most importantly, time. This limited edition kit combo features two aircraft plus a TX40 Fuel Truck and lots of decals from December, 1943.
JAAF Akeno Army Flying School Dec.,1943
JAAF Akeno Army Flying School Code: 84 December, 1943
JAAF Akeno Army Flying School Code: 45 December, 1943
JAAF Akeno Army Flying School Code: 83 December, 1943
JAAF Akeno Army Flying School Code: 87
38 / 35 / 79 pieces
Length: (Ki43-II, Ki44-II, TX40): 4.9, 4.8, 3.1 in (124, 121, 78 mm)
Width: (Ki43-II, Ki44-II, TX40): 5.9, 5.2, 1.2 in (150, 132, 31 mm)
Assemble to awe. Blue Impulse is the flight demonstration team for the JASDF. They fly the T-4 jet trainer out of Matsushima Air Base for air shows everywhere. Their aircraft is incredibly agile, suiting the close formation aerobatics that the nine aircraft team prefers. This limited edition kit combo features two T-4 aircraft with decals for JASDF 4th Air Wing, 11th Squadron Blue Impulse Team, Mastsushima Air Base, 2017.
Decal Option: JASDF 4th AW 11th SQ. “Blue Impulse” Matsushima A.B. 2017
67 / 67 pieces
Length: 7.1 in (181 mm)
Width: 5.4 in (138 mm)
Wage an invisible war. “Growlers” jam enemy electronics. VAQ-141, the Shadowhawks, have been carrying out this mission for decades, but they’ve only had the Growler since 2010. They were the first ever unit to use it in combat during Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Today, the unit is forward based to Atsugi, Japan. This limited edition kit features decals for VAQ-141 Shadowhawks.
Decal Option: U.S. Navy USS Ronald Reagan VAQ-141 “Shadowhawks” CVW-5 CAG Code: NF500 Atsugi A.B. April 2017
Length: 10 in (255 mm)
Width: 7.5 in (191 mm)
Bring the whole team. Ten soccer balls, nine shin guards, eight smelly jerseys, seven pairs of cleats, six sweaty children, FIVE LARGE SODAS, four cell phone calls, three grass stains, two miles to go, and a soccer mom in a Legacy GT. Love very well may be what makes “A Subaru a Subaru”, but it’s the errands run, the miles traveled, and the memories shared that makes it yours. This limited edition kit features detailed parts and full decals.
Length: 7.6 in (192 mm)
Width: 3.2 in (81 mm)
Pedal to the metal. Long, low, and powerful, the Jaguar XJS was a beauty of a car. The “High Efficiency” H.E. version took the concept and drove it just a little further. With a new engine, the car was not only more efficient, but also higher powered. One might reasonably ask why a V12 could ever possibly need to be more powerful, but the answer would always be ‘why not’. Tom Walkinshaw and his racing team put the type through its paces and won the 1984 European Touring Car Championship. This limited edition kit features decals for the 1984 European Touring Car Championship Car No. 1.
Decal Option: 1984 European Touring Car Championship Winner Car No.1 Driver : Tom Walkinshaw
Length: 7.8 in (199 mm)
Width: 3 in (75 mm)
Eighties acceleration. 1989 was one of the last years for the World Sports Car Prototype Championship and an exceptionally good year for Team Sauber, to boot. They carried the race with their C9, racers 61 and 62. This limited edition kit features detailed parts for the model and intricate decals for your choice of either car 61 or 62 of the 1989 World Sports Car Prototype Championship.
Decal Option: World Sport Prototype Car Championship 1989 Car No.61 & 62
Length: 7.9 in (200 mm)
Width: 3.3 in (83 mm)
On Safari Tenth place doesn’t seem that great until you think about how much it takes to even complete the Safari rally. Bad roads, unpredictable weather, and other radical elements of chance make every race a setpiece example of how things can go wrong really quick. Cars and drivers have to be in top condition… and a little lucky besides. This limited edition kit features detailed parts and full decals for 1992 Safari Rally 10th Place Car No. 7, Driver: Kenjiro Shinozuka.
Decal Option: 1992 Safari Rally 10th Place Car No. 7 Driver : Kenjiro Shinozuka
Length: 7.9 in (200 mm)
Width: 3.2 in (81 mm)
Take the lead. The Nippon Grand Prix is a challenging race that puts drivers and automobiles alike to the test. It’s no wonder, then, that the Toyota Celica is a top choice for the race. This line of automobiles has consistently delivered the very finest in quality, amongst Japanese automakers, and it’s perfect for auto races when given some upgrades.
Length: 6.9 in (174 mm)
Width: 2.8 in (72 mm)
Improving on excellence. Make no mistake, the F-15 was an exceptional aircraft and still is. However, the Intelligent Flight Control System was intended to make it a superlative aircraft. This system would have taken work load off crew, increased the ability to control the craft during equipment failure, and optimize performance. “ACTIVE” also incorporated new nozzles and flight software that increased the flight envelope of the aircraft yet further. Kit features new canard and bulge resin parts and large size pitot tube metal parts.
Decal Option: F-15 ACTIVE / IFCS NASA Code: 837
Length: 12.1 in (307 mm)
Width: 7 in (179 mm)
Tomokazu’s N1K2 Originally meant to carry a bulky float, the N1K found its wings when the float was dropped off the design and the aircraft could be used in a pure air superiority role. It was one of the most capable Japanese designs of the war. It helped Tomakazu Kasai chalk up ten kills despite only receiving roughly a month of flight training instead of the normal six months. This limited edition kit features decals for Tomokazu Kasai’s N1K2-J.
Decal Option: IJN 343rd Naval Flying Group 301st Fighter Squadron Petty Officer 1st Class Tomokazu Kasai Code: 343A-23 Kanoya A.B. April 1945
Length: 7.7 in (195 mm)
Width: 9.8 in (250 mm)
Supplying striking power. Sea Kings enabled the British to run continuous rounds of supplies and soldiers onto the Falklands to drive off the Argentines. They also conducted essential anti-submarine operations and even acted as decoys for Exocet missiles-an incredibly risky task. Even for years after the war, HAR search and rescue variants of the helicopter kept up a presence on the island. This limited edition kit features new antenna resin parts and photoetched parts plus two sets of decals.
RAF 78SQ. Code: XZ597 RAF Mount Pleasant A.B. Falkland Islands 1990
RAF 1564 Flight Code: XZ591 RAF Navy Point Falkland Islands 1983
Length: 13.9 in (353 mm)
Width: 15.4 in (393 mm)
Rising from the ashes. During the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, eighteen F-2s operated by the 21st squadron were damaged or destroyed at their base in Matsushima. Immediately thereafter the training duties of the squadron were parceled out to other units. After much effort and expense, however, the 21st is back! This detailed kit celebrates the unit’s reactivation and the 40th anniversary of the unit. Limited edition kit features detailed photoetched parts plus a special 40th anniversary decal.
Decal Option: JASDF 4th AW 21SQ 40th Anniversary Special Marking Code: 118 (33-8118) Matsushima A.B. March 25, 2017
Length: 12.9 in (328 mm)
Width: 9.6 in (244 mm)
An eye in the air. An extremely light and agile aircraft, the Fi 156 “Storch” was renowned for its short landing and takeoff abilities. It was used throughout WWII by the Germans for observation, artillery spotting, and VIP transportation. Most famously, it was the aircraft used to extract a deposed Mussolini from his mountaintop prison. Less famously, it landed the new head of the Luftwaffe in Berlin during the middle of the Battle of Berlin-possibly the only aircraft he still had command over. Kit features new antenna and wheel hub plus three sets of decals.
Fi156C-3: Luftwaffe Stab II./Sch. G1 Russia
Fi156C-3: Luftwaffe Code: 2E+RA Russia
Fi156C-2: Luftwaffe Code: NM+ZD North Africa
Length: 12.1 in (308 mm)
Width: 17.4 in (442 mm)
On target. The 14-cylinder engine roars like a wounded animal and the whole airframe shakes. There’s a red section to the speedometer at over 400km/h, but the needle is wedged all the way to the right. Spent brass clatters from the 7.7 in the rear. The F6F is too fast, he won’t be shaken. Where’s the Zeroes? The fleet is in view, but only Chikashi can release the bombs. He’s gone very quiet. More bullets tear past and the rear gun cuts out. Matsumori knows he’s alone. There’s a carrier! One touch for the picture on the console, then he grips the yoke in both hands and pushes into a dive.
Only two. Incredibly fast at 469mph and incredibly powerfully armed with a quartet of 30mm cannon, the J7W had the potential to seriously curtail the B-29 raids on the Japanese home islands. However, only two prototypes were ever completed. It took its first flight on August 3rd, 1945, just days before its chief adversary-the B-29-dropped the ultimate checkmate weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The prototypes never saw combat. One was scrapped, the other brought to the US in crates.