Hasegawa Corporation

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Hasegawa Corporation
Founded1941; 82 years ago (1941)
ProductsScale plastic model cars, aircraft, ships, military vehicles

The Hasegawa Corporation (株式会社ハセガワ, Kabushiki Gaisha Hasegawa) is a Japanese company that manufactures plastic model kits of a variety of vehicles, including aircraft, cars, ships, military vehicles, model armor, model space craft, and science fiction kits.

Based in Shizuoka, Hasegawa competes against its neighbor, Tamiya, though it does not have as large a line of products.

Primarily using polystyrene, Hasegawa kits are typically regarded as very accurate, but without quite the ease-of-assembly that Tamiya kits offer, though of very high standard nonetheless.[citation needed] Currently,[when?] Hasegawa kits are imported into North America by Hobbico's Great Planes Model Distributor division.[citation needed] Hasegawa ended their long-time agreement with Dragon Models Limited for US distribution in early 2010. Hasegawa also imports Revell kits into Japan and sells them under both the Revell brand and its own brand label, and Revell frequently re-boxes Hasegawa kits for the European and North American markets.

Lacking their own lineup of paint products, Hasegawa kits come with instructions that specify the use of Gunze Sangyo products, most notably paints in the GSI Creos brand. This is in contrast to Tamiya, who specifies the use of its in-house brands.

Hasegawa is noted for releasing a large number of minor variations of their major products, often adding or modifying a small number of parts, or only changing the decals for the kit. This strategy allows them to maximize their return on their investment in kit tooling quicker, as such minor variations cost little to produce compared to the cost of manufacturing the original. Most such variations are usually only released once.


In 1941, the Hasegawa factory opened as a manufacturer of wooden teaching materials, such as a woodwork models. It entered into the plastic model field in 1961, with its first plastic model "glider" airplane models. In the following June 1962, the "1/450 battleship Yamato" was released after high development costs and became a success with about 150,000 units sold in the same year, and continuing success in the following years. The profitable line of 1/90 F-104 Starfighter and 1/70 P-51 Mustang model kits became the turning point which prompted Hasegawa to turn away from woodwork models and to plastic models completely.

Product Lines[edit]


1/48 Scale Aircraft[edit]

Hasegawa's F-104c Starfighter
Hasegawas F-104c Starfighter. Kit 07219 from 2005.

Hasegawa was a latecomer to the field of 1/48 scale aircraft, and its efforts may be seen as a response to Tamiya's strong presence through the 1970s and 1980s.

The line consists of World War II and modern military aircraft, most of which are fighters like the

In the 1980s a small line of 1/48 business jets was produced then later discontinued.[2]

Hasegawa usually release many different versions of kits produced from the same mould tool. As an example, Hasegawa released the Messerschmitt Bf109E-3 (No. J001:1500) in 1988.[3] Over the years, around 100 versions of this kit has emerged in the stores with some minor changes in decals, extra parts or boxart.[4]

List of all Hasegawa 1/48 Aircraft
Kit number Model Release year In production Comment
07201 SH-3H Sea King 1992 Yes -
07202 HSS-2B Sea King 1992 Yes Rebox of 07201 with new parts
07203 F-18D Hornet "Night Attack" 1993 Yes Rebox with new parts
07204 F-4EJ kai Super Phantom 1993 Yes -
07205 F-15J Eagle w/AAM-3 air to air missile 199 Yes -
07206 F-4J Phantom II 'Show Time 100' 1995 Yes -
07207 F-4EJ Kai Super Phantom 1995 Yes -
07208 F-4E Phantom II `30th Anniversary´ 1995 Yes -
07209 F-4G Phantom II `Wild Weasel´ 1995 Yes -
07210 F-4B/N Phantom II 'Midway Bicentennial' 1995 Yes -
07211 F-4C/D Phantom II 'Egypt I' 1995 Yes -
07212 F-14D Tomcat `CVW-14´ 1995 Yes -
07213 F-86F-30 Sabre `U.S. Air Force´ [U.S. Air Force Fighter] 1996 Yes -
07214 F-86F-40 Sabre 'J.A.S.D.F.' 1996 Yes -
07215 F-86F-40 Sabre 'Blue Impulse' 1996 Yes -
07216 Kawasaki T-4 'Blue Impulse' (J.A.S.D.F. Aerobatic Team) 1999 Yes -
07217 Kawasaki T-4 `J.A.S.D.F.´ 1999 Yes -
07218 F-104J Starfighter `J.A.S.D.F.´ [J.A.S.D.F. Fighter] 2000 Yes -
07219 F-104C Starfighter `U.S. Air Force´ [U.S. Air Force Fighter] 2005 Yes Rebox
07220 F-104G Starfighter 'NATO Fighter' 2000 Yes -
07221 A-4E/F Skyhawk 2000 Yes -
07222 A-4C Skyhawk 2001 Yes -
07223 AH-64D Apache Longbow [U.S. Army Attack Helicopter] 2001 Yes -
07224 AH-64A Apache 2002 Yes -
07225 F-8E Crusader 2003 Yes -
07226 F-8J Crusader 2004 Yes -
07227 Mitsubishi F-2A 2003 Yes -
07228 AV-8B Harrier II Plus 2004 Yes -
07229 Mitsubishi F-2B 2003 Yes -
07230 RF-4E Phantom II `J.A.S.D.F.´ [J.A.S.D.F. Reconnaissance] 2003 Yes -
07231 RF-4B Phantom II 'U.S.M.C.' 2004 Yes -
07232 F-16CJ Fighting Falcon `Misawa Japan´ 2004 Yes -
07233 A-4M Skyhawk [U.S.M.C. Attacker] 2004 Yes -
07234 AV -8B Harrier II `Night Attack´ 2004 Yes -
07235 Mitsubishi F-1 2004 Yes -
07236 Harrier GR Mk.7 `Royal Air Force ´ [Royal Air Force Attacker] 2004 Yes -
07237 Mitsubishi T-2 [J.A.S.D.F. Super-Sonic Advance Jet Trainer] 2005 Yes -
07238 F/A-18F Super Hornet [U.S. Navy Carrier-Borne Fighter/Attacker] 2005 Yes -
07239 F/A-18E Super Hornet [U.S. Navy Carrier-Borne Fighter/Attacker] 2005 Yes -
07240 TF-104G Starfighter [Luftwaffe/Italian Air Force Trainer] 2006 Yes -
07241 J35F/J Draken [Swedish Air Force Interceptor] 2008 Yes -
07242 AH-64D Apache Longbow `J.G.S.D.F.´ [J.G.S.D.F. Attack Helicopter] 2009 Yes -
07243 TA-4J Skyhawk 2009 Yes -
07244 F-16F (Block 60) Fighting Falcon [UAE Air Force Tactical Fighter] 2009 Yes -
07245 F-22 Raptor [U.S. Air Force Air Superiority Fighter] 2009 Yes -
07246 F-14A Tomcat [U.S. Navy Carrier-Borne Fighter] 2010 Yes -
07247 A-7D/E Corsair II [U.S. Air Force / Navy Attacker] 2010 Yes -
07248 F-15E Strike Eagle [U.S.A.F. Fighter/Attacker] 2010 Yes -
07249 F-15C Eagle [U.S. Air Force Air Superiority Fighter] 2010 Yes -
07250 F/A-18A/C Hornet 2010 Yes -
07251 F-15J/DJ Eagle `J.A.S.D.F.´ [J.A.S.D.F Interceptor] 2010 Yes -
07252 EA-18G Growler [U.S. Navy Carrier-Borne ECM Aircraft] 2011 Yes Rebox

*Incomplete list. Please add more kits.

1/72 Scale Aircraft[edit]

This has traditionally been Hasegawa's main product line, and that which the company is best known for.[citation needed] It consists almost entirely of World War II and modern military aircraft, primarily fighter and attack aircraft, with some larger bombers and multi-engined examples. At times the line has included re-releases of kits manufactured by Frog and Monogram, as well as other minor specialty brands.

Hasegawa, like many of its competitors, produces a nearly complete lineup of Imperial Japanese Air Force and Navy types from World War II. Notably, the company's product line includes every variant of the Mitsubishi A6M Reisen Zero fighter. Among modern types, the company specialises in types found in the JASDF, to cater for local Japanese modellers. Hasegawa's kits of modern military aircraft are often considered by hobbyists the definitive kit of given types. Unlike most of its competitor's, Hasegawa's modern military aircraft are packaged with minimal weaponry. Hasegawa produce a number of aircraft weapon sets which must be purchased separately.

Hasegawa often releases limited-run kits in this line (as well as 1/48) which feature special decal sets, often for timely subjects; examples include the Navy One S-3 Viking, and the F-4 Phantom, F-15J Eagle and F-2A Viper Zero kits representing the winners of the JASDF's annual gunnery competitions. Sometimes these reissues are of models that have been long discontinued, or include two kits in a single box. As such releases are aimed at connoisseur modelers, they are usually priced twice as much as the corresponding standard kit or higher yet.

Included in its aircraft selection are some Science Fiction types, specifically of the Macross series Valkyrie transformable fighters, which are modelled in their jet-fighter forms (see below).

1/32 Scale Aircraft[edit]

Considered[according to whom?] among the best in this scale as well, these kits depict mainly World War II fighter aircraft, with a few modern jets and a few oddities such as the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch military liaison plane. Notably, the Mitsubishi Zero A6M5 model was created under the supervision of Jiro Horikoshi,[citation needed] designer of the actual craft.

List of all Hasegawa 1/32 Aircraft
Kit number Model Release year In production Comment
08879 P-40E Warhawk 2008 Yes -
08880 Nakajima Ki44-II Hei Shoki (Tojo) (Japanese Army Fighter) 2009 Yes -
08881 Messerschmitt Bf109F-4 Trop 2010 Yes -
08882 Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden (Jack) Type 21 (Japanese Navy Interceptor) 2011 Yes -
08883 Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai (George) 2013 Yes -
08884 Mitsubishi A6M5c Zero Fighter "Zeke" Type 52 2016 Yes -

*Incomplete list. Please add more kits.

1/200 Scale Aircraft[edit]

In 1980,[5][6][7][8][9] Hasegawa started producing 1/200 aircraft models under the Loveliner and Mini Model series for commercial airliners and military aircraft (usually military variants of civilian designs) respectively.[10][11] Kits in this scale are known for their quality and engineering that enables them to be built with ease.[12] As of 2023, Hasegawa is the only major manufacturer of 1/200 scale airliner model kits, with it being a common scale for ready built, snap-fit or diecast models. Throughout its production run, Hasegawa has released models of aircraft such as the Boeing 727, 737 (also released as P-8 and C-40 military variants), 747 (also released as E-4, VC-25, and SCA variants), 767, 777, 787,[5][6][13][14][15][16] McDonnell Douglas DC-9 family (including C-9, MD-80, and MD-90), DC-10/KC-10, MD-11,[7][8][17][18][19] Lockheed L-1011 TriStar and C-130 Hercules,[9][20] and Airbus A300 and A320/A321.[21][22][23] A model of the Space Shuttle is also produced in this scale.[24]

The 1/200 series was licensed by international carriers from the 1980s to 2000s, including Air France, Alaska Airlines, Aloha Airlines, American Airlines, Ansett Australia, Alitalia, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Lufthansa, Northwest Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Trans World Airlines (TWA), United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.[25][26][27][28] Since the 2010s, the range has been downsized to represent Japanese airlines only, such as All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Vanilla Air model airplanes.[29]

1/8 Scale Aircraft (Museum Series)[edit]

Since the mid-70's, Hasegawa has produced four kits in this series, museum quality skeleton models of early 20th century aircraft. The kits, of exceptional quality, use a variety of woods, metals, brass, plastic, rubber, and other materials. The kit issued are of the following aircraft:

With the initial Fokker DR.I harking back to Hasegawa's wooden kit days (see above), the kit has a wooden structure augmented by cast brass and molded plastic components. the kit was first introduced in the 1970s,[30] and has seen sporadic re-issue since then.

The 1/8 Museum Series kits are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, commanding high prices when sold as retail items, or when auctioned online.[citation needed]

In 2013 and 2014, Hasegawa has also released selected sub-assemblies from these kits as stand-alone models. Examples include the Rotary engines from the Fokker Dr.I and Sopwith Camel, and the Spandau and Lewis machine guns from these kits respectively.


1/12 Scale Automobiles[edit]

Hasegawa produced kits of at least two cars in this large scale: the Nissan 300ZX and the Mazda RX-7.

1/24 Scale Automobiles[edit]

Hasegawa has found success in producing kits of subjects that were somewhat ignored[citation needed] by the larger model manufacturers. The quality of these kits can vary from very simple construction with few details, to those with very high fidelity, rivaling Tamiya or Revell's best efforts.[citation needed] Many kits include photo-etched parts, and some have been released as "Super Detail" versions, featuring additional photo-etched and white metal parts.

Hasegawa's automotive selection is made up of several categories, including:

Collection Disk featuring Mitsubishi Galants and Lancers, Subaru Legacys and Impreza WRXs, Honda Civics

Collection Rally featuring a wide selection of rally cars, spanning from the 1970s, such as the Lancia Stratos and Lancia 037 Rally, to modern World Rally Championship competitors, like the Subaru Impreza, Lancia Delta HF Integrale, and Ford Focus.

Collection Speed features various touring car race cars that competed in the Japanese Touring Car Championship in the mid-1990s, including Honda Civics, Toyota Corollas and BMW 3 Series in various liveries.

Historic Car featuring sports cars from the 1970s and older, including the Toyota 2000GT and Celica 1600GT, various versions of the Nissan Fairlady 240Z and Bluebird 510 (the latter in four-door sedan form, unusual for a plastic model car, as it was the most widely exported version of the 1:1), the Lamborghini Miura, as well as various kits of the Volkswagen Beetle and Microbus.

Historic Racing featuring winning cars from their respective events. Many of these are race versions of cars available in the Historic Car line. Examples include Toyota 2000GT "1967 Fuji 24 Hour Race Winner," Nissan Bluebird 1600 SSS "1970 Safari Rally Winner" and Datsun Fairlady 240Z "1971 Safari Rally Winner."

Military Vehicle featuring versions of the Willys MB Jeep and the Volkswagen Kübelwagen.

Racing Car features various Group C race cars, including versions of the Jaguar XJR-8LM, the Porsche 962, the Sauber Mercedes C9 and the Toyota 88C, as well as various Formula 1 cars including the Ferrari 642, Benetton Ford B191B, and Williams Renault FW14B.

World Famous Car featuring various versions of the Jaguar XJ-S V12, the Ferrari 328 and 348 and the Porsche 944 and 968.


1/12 Scale Motorcycles[edit]

Hasegawa has produced various of kits of the following motorcycles in 1/12 scale:

  • Honda NSR 250
  • Honda NSR 500
  • Honda RS250
  • Honda VT 250
  • Kawasaki KH400
  • Kawasaki KR250
  • Kawasaki Mach III
  • Suzuki GSX-R 750
  • Suzuki GT380
  • Suzuki RG400 Gamma
  • Yamaha RZ250
  • Yamaha TZR250
  • Yamaha YZR500
  • Takeshi Hongo's motocycle
  • Robin's Redbird (Batman and Robin)


1/72 Scale Armor[edit]

Also called the "Minibox" series, this features military vehicles (mostly World War II, with a few modern) designed to be compatible with the 1/72 aircraft. The series was released in the 1970s and is still being produced today.


1/350 Scale Ships[edit]

Hasegawa has produced various of kits of the following IJN ships in 1/350 scale:

  • Aircraft carrier Akagi
  • Battleship Mikasa
  • Battleship Nagato-class
  • Destroyer Kagero-class
  • Destroyer Shimakaze
  • Escort carrier Casablanca-class
  • Escort carrier Hiyo-class
  • Light cruiser Agano-class
  • Seaplane tender Akitsushima

Ther are also other ships such as:

  • Submarine Ohio-class
  • Icebreaker Soya Research vessel Soya
  • Ocean liner Hikawa Maru-class

1/700 Scale Waterline Ships[edit]

Hasegawa has produced various of kits of the following IJN ships in 1/700 scale:

  • Aircraft carrier Akagi
  • Aircraft carrier Essex-class
  • Aircraft carrier Hiryu
  • Aircraft carrier Kaga
  • Aircraft carrier Zuihō-class
  • Battlecruiser Kongo-class
  • Battleship Ise-class
  • Battleship Mikasa
  • Destroyer Asashio-class
  • Destroyer Izumo-class
  • Destroyer Kongo-class
  • Destroyer Momi-class
  • Destroyer Mutsuki-class
  • Destroyer Wakatake-class
  • Destroyer Yugumo-class
  • Destroyer escort Abukuma-class
  • Escort carrier Hiyo-class
  • Heavy cruiser Aoba-class
  • Heavy cruiser Furutaka-class
  • Heavy cruiser Myoko-class Nachi-class
  • Light cruiser Tenryū-class

Hasegawa has produced various of kits of submarines in 1/700 scale:

  • Submarine Kaidai-class
  • Submarine Type D
  • Submarine Type IX
  • Submarine Type VII


  • Ocean liner Hikawa Maru-class
  • Battleship South Dakota-class

1/150 Scale Trolleys[edit]

Hasegawa sells ready-to-run model trolleys under the Modemo brand in 1:150 scale, of both Japanese and American prototypes.

Science Fiction Kits[edit]

Currently, this consists of spacecraft and mecha from the Macross and Ultraman television/film series, as well as subjects from the Virtual On video game franchise (especially Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Force and Marz Virtuaroids) and Maschinen Krieger universe.

Novelty Items[edit]

Though definitely not "true scale" models, Hasegawa also produces a line of small aircraft called Egg Planes. On the box they are described as "grade-A jumbo scale". They feature an egg-shaped distorted interpretation of a real world aircraft, such as the P-51 mustang, SR-71 blackbird, and the Space Shuttle. The kits have a relatively low parts count and are designed to provide recreational enjoyment. These kits were first introduced in Easter 1972 (Air Enthusiast, section Model Enthusiast, April 1972), and their range was limited to the first three models discussed above. In the 1980s, 1990's and 2000's, Hasegawa has increased the range to mirror successful models in their more formal scale model ranges in 1:72. Subjects today include a wider range of World War II fighters, modern combat aircraft, helicopters, and even Macross Valkyries.


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