Hasegawa
Website (Japanese): www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/
Website (English): www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/e-w/E-index.htm
 
Hasegawa produces the most readily available plastic kits in the market today. Not suprising, considering the size and resources of the company compared with other manufacturers of 1/72 armor kits. Their kits tend to be available at most decent hobby shops and mail order houses. Most of Hasegawa's kits date back to the early 1970s, and it shows. With a few exceptions, their kits are fairly simple, and the detail tends to be heavy, soft and sparse. Hasegawa does, however, produce several unique kits, and with a little scratch-building, superdetailing, and maybe the help of some aftermarket photoetched sets, build into good models. Their newest kits, from the Panzer IVs and newer, are excellent kits.

Some of these kits were released under the Lindberg label, I believe during the late 1970s.

An Asian company named "Science Treasury" (imported by LEE) has marketed several poor copies of Hasegawa kits during the late 1990s.


Kits
Kit Number Kit Name Comments Previews Reviews Articles
31028/MB 28 Railway Gun Leopold Same as Anzio Annie kit.      
31032/MB 32 Karl on Railway Carrier (Thor)        
31033/MB 33 Karl w/Munitionspanzer IV Self-propelled version of the huge mortar. Karl is very good; well detailed. Tracks are vinyl and poorly detailed. Munitionspanzer is fairly crude. Comes with twenty-four figures in nine different poses.      
31101/MT1 US Jeep/37mm Gun Jeep and trailer are molded heavy with sparse detail. Cannon is poorly shaped and lacking detail. Comes with eight poor figures (two sets of four).   Stephen Brezinski
(37mm gun)
 
31102/MT2 M2 155mm Long Tom        
31103/MT3 M3 Stuart Mk. I Overscale (perhaps 1/70?). Detail is pretty good. Comes with two figures, one riding a horse.     Stephen Brezinski
31104/MT4 M3 Lee Mk. I Transmission cover is poorly shaped, but rest of vehicle is fairly good and well detailed.   Michael Hatch Stephen Brezinski
31105/MT5 M3 Grant Mk. I Turret is incorrect and transmission cover is poorly shaped. Hull is fairly good and well detailed.     Stephen Brezinki
31106/MT6 M3A1 Half Track Walls are too thick. Interior detail is sparse. Exterior detail is very good.      
31107/MT7 M4A1 Half Track Walls are too thick. Interior detail is sparse. Exterior detail is very good.      
31108MT8 Pz.Kpfw VI Tiger Ausf. E Turret is underscale. Engine deck is inaccurate. Sprocket wheels are poorly made. Not as good as Revell Tigers. See Comparison Article.     Doug Chaltry 
31109/MT9 Pz.Kpfw V Panther Ausf. G Detail is soft and sparse. Not as good as Revell Panthers. Preview    
31110/MT10 88mm Gun Flak 18 Kit assembles easily, but could use some finer details. Comes with complete crew. Preview   Stephen Brezinski

Al Magnus
31111/MT11 Sd.Kfz 7 8 Ton Half Track. Detail is a little heavy. Cab interior is sparse.      
31112/MT12 Kubelwagen & BMW Motorcycle w/ Sidecar Interior of Kubelwagen is sparse, but exterior detail is very nice. Cycle is a little heavy in the detail.

Rob Haelterman adds for the Kübelwagen: the wheels are underscale, the nose a bit too thick and the ribs under the nose are missing.
The covers of the headlights are mounted higgledy-piggledy. No acetate is provided except for the windshield.

Ilian Filipov about the Kübelwagen: in reality the doors are the same size front and rear; in the kit the rear doors are larger.
  Doug Chaltry  
31113/MT13 Schwimmwagen & Kettenkrad Both kits are a little lacking in detail, especially in the interior, but shape and scale are good.   Stephen Brezinski  
31114/MT14 Sd.Kfz 7 w/ 4x20mm AA Gun Detail is a little heavy. Cab interior is sparse. Preview    
31115/MT15 M4A3E8 Sherman Hull is overscale (about 1/70). Detail is pretty good. Preview Tim Reynaga  
31116/MT16 Fuel Truck Isuzu TX-40        
31117/MT17 Starter Truck Toyota GB Cabin interior is sparse. Could use more, and finer, details.   Pat Clark  
31118/MT18 Sd.Kfz 7 w/ 37mm AA Gun Detail on H/T is fairly heavy. Cab interior is sparse. Gun is not entirely accurate in the shape of the mount, and needs more detail.      
31119/MT19 M24 Chaffee

An older kit, but fairly decent nonethless. Good detail, but closed hull hatches, and single-piece vinyl tracks. Includes two figures.

In this picture the Hasegawa kit (left) is compared with the Hobby Master prebuilt kit (right). As you can see just behind the turret are a set of louvres; the Hobby Master ones are the right length but whether the turret ring goes that far into them is another question, as pictures of this area are few and far between. However, in the Hunnicut book there is a picture that suggests the turret doesn't. Other than that, you can see that all the details are too soft and that the Hobby Master has the right layout.
If you are backdating the Chaffee to WWII you have to remove the mounting pads for the dozer blade from the nose. - S Barnes

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31120/MT20 GMC Cargo Truck Typical Hasegawa quality. The detail is good, but not as abundant as newer kits. Comes with four figures: a driver, and three identical seated troops with rifles between their knees. Not very good figures.   Stephen Brezinski  
31121/MT21 GMC Gas Tank Truck     Stephen Brezinski  
31122/MT22 GMC Dump Truck        
31123/MT23 High Speed Tractor M5        
31124/MT24 Armored Car Daimler Mk. II Assembled very easily, but could use some more, and finer, details. Overall, a fairly decent kit.  

Doug Chaltry
Al Magnus
Danilo Carli

 
31125/MT25 Armored Car Humber Mk. II Assembled very easily, but could use some more, and finer, details. Overall, a fairly decent kit.   Doug Chaltry
Al Magnus
 
31126/MT26 Crusader Mk. III One of Hasegawa's nicer kits. Excellent moldings and detail, but turret shape is a little off. Tracks are mediocre. No sand skirts. Preview Michael Hatch
Marko Mäkinen
Michael Johnson
 
31127/MT27 Churchill Mk. I One of Hasegawa's nicest kits. Excellent moldings and detail. Preview    
31128/MT28 Mercedes Benz G4/W31     Al Magnus  
31129/MT29 US Infantry Combat Team        
31130/MT30 German Infantry Attack Group        
31131/MT31 Check Point Set        
31132/MT32 Field Camp Equip. Set        
31133/MT33 M1 Abrams Fairly accurate and well detailed; not as good as ESCI or Revell kits in some areas, but better in others. See Abrams Comparison Article.   Doug Chaltry Doug Chaltry 
31134/MT34 Leopard 2 Wheel and track assemblies are molded as a single piece. Very good detail on hull and turret. With the exception of the poor tracks and wheels, this kit is better than Revell's Leopard 2A4. See Leopard Review Article.     Doug Chaltry
31135/MT35 M1E1 Abrams Same hull as earlier M1 kit. New A1 turret with early style ammunition storage bay doors. Add-on armor included for the front of the turret. New 120mm cannon, but it is very short. See Abrams Comparison Article.     Doug Chaltry
31136/MT36 Tiger I Late Production Steel wheels (good) and new turret roof on the same old, tired Tiger body. Not as good as Revell's Tigers.      
31137/MT37 Panther G (Steel Wheel) Steel wheels are good, but the rest of the kit is the same poorly detailed Ausf. G. Preview    
31138/MT38 88mm Flak 36 New gun barrel on early 88 kit.   Doug Chaltry
Al Magnus
Stephen Brezinski

Al Magnus
31139/MT39 Tiger I Last Model Steel wheels (good) and new turret roof on the same old, tired Tiger body. Not as good as Revell's Tigers.      
31140/MT40 Panther F Steel wheels and schmalturm are very good. Hull and tracks are from the old Panther G, and are poor. Preview Doug Chaltry  
31141/MT41 Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F1 Most of the kit is new, and very well done, but the running gear are the same as from the munitionspanzer, and are a little rough. Preview

Augusto Versiani

Stephen Brezinski

Stephen Brezinski

Doug Chaltry

31142/MT42 Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F2 Most of the kit is new, and very well done, but the running gear are the same as from the munitionspanzer, and are a little rough. Preview Stephen Brezinski Doug Chaltry
31143/MT43 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G Most of the kit is new, and very well done, but the running gear are the same as from the munitionspanzer, and are a little rough. Preview Stephen Brezinski Doug Chaltry
31144/MT44 Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf. D Superb kit. Excellent detail for both exterior and interior, and scale accuracy is very good. Tracks are unfortunately still soft plastic, but are very well detailed. Comes with MG 42's. Highly recommended. Preview

Dave Showell

 

Stephen Brezinski
31145/MT45 Sd.Kfz 251/22 Ausf. D w/PAK 40 Same kit as above, but with the addition of a PAK 40, and all the appropriate mounting equipment. Preview

Doug Chaltry

Rob Haelterman
(built as Sd.Kfz.251/21)

Diorama

 
31146/MT46 Sd.Kfz 251/9 Ausf. D Stummel Same kit as #31144, but with the addition of a short PAK 24, and the appropriate mounting equipment. Preview   Stephen Brezinski
31147/MT47 Ostwind Very good kit. The wheels are new, which is a great improvement over their earlier ones. The tracks are still the very poorly-detailed vinyl tracks from the Pz IV. Preview   Stephen Brezinski
31148/MT48 Wirbelwind Very good kit. The wheels are new, which is a great improvement over their earlier ones. The tracks are still the very poorly-detailed vinyl tracks from the Pz IV. Preview    
31149/MT49 Sd.Kfz 162 Jagdpanzer IV L/48 'Early Version' Superb model. With the exception of the absolutely horrible tracks, this is better than the earlier ESCI kit. Basically the same kit as MT50, but with parts specific to this Early version. Preview    
31150/MT50 Sd.Kfz 162/1 Panzer IV/70(V) Lang Superb model. With the exception of the absolutely horrible tracks, this is better than the earlier ESCI kit. Basically the same kit as MT49, but with parts specific to this Lang version. Preview   Stephen Brezinski
31151/MT51 Sd.Kfz 162 Jagdpanzer IV L/48 'Late Version' Excellent model. With the exception of the absolutely horrible tracks, this is better than the earlier ESCI kit. Basically the same kit as MT49, but with parts specific to the Late version of the L/48.  

Dave Showell

Stephen Brezinski

Stephen Brezinski
31152/MT52 Sd.Kfz 234/2 Puma Excellent model. Aside from having poor wheels, it's probably the best plastic Puma on the market. Preview

Stephen Brezinski

Rob Haelterman

Doug Chaltry

Dave Showell (Kit bash)

31153/MT53 Sd.Kfz 234/1 Excellent model. Fairly poor wheels, and the mesh anti-grenade screen is molded solid, but otherwise very nicely detailed. Preview Rob Haelterman Dave Showell (Kit bash)
31154/MT54 Sd.Kfz 234/3 Excellent model. Fairly poor wheels, but otherwise very nicely detailed. Preview Rob Haelterman Dave Showell (Kit bash)
31155/MT55 Tiger I Ausf. E Hybrid        
31162/MT102 Panther Ausf. G w/Zimmerit Coating Same as the early Panther G kit, but with resin replacement parts for turret and hull. These parts are the same as the old plastic ones, but with molded-on zimmerit coating.      
31163/MT103 Tiger I Ausf. E w/Zimmerit Coating Same as the Tiger I "Late" kit, but with resin replacement parts for turret and hull. These parts are the same as the old plastic ones, but with molded-on zimmerit coating.      
31164/MT104 Panther II New parts are very good. Hull and tracks are from the old Panther G and are poor. Chassis is completely incorrect. Not an accurate Panther II. Preview    
30025 Panther Ausf. G w/Zimmerit Coating Same as the Panther Steel Wheel kit, but with etched brass zimmerit coating from Eduard.      
30026 Tiger I Ausf. E w/Zimmerit Coating Same as the Tiger I "Last Model" kit, but with etched brass zimmerit coating from Eduard.      
30027 Sd.Kfz 162 Jagdpanzer IV L/48 'Early Version' w/Zimmerit Coating Same as Jagdpanzer IV L/48 "early" kit, but with etched brass zimmerit coating from Eduard.      
30041 60cm/54cm Morser Karl 040/041 1st Battery Adam/Baldul with Munitionspanzer IV
       
30043 Churchill Mk.I/II & Daimler Mk.II "Dieppe Raid" Two kits in the box      
SP191 Flakpanzer V Coelian Hasegawa Panther Ausf. G kit with new resin turret and turned brass barrels. Appears to have been in limited release available only in Japan.      
35005/X72:5 U.S. Aircraft Weapon Loading Set Contains Ford Tractor, MJ-1 Lift Truck, Hydraulic Lift Trailer, Drop Tank Dolly, General Purpose Dolly & MHU-12M Ammo Trailer      
35006/X72:6 U.S. Aerospace Ground Equipment Set Contains TTU-228/E Hydraulic Test STand, MC-1A High Pressure Compressor, NF-2 Lighting Unit, A/M32C-10 Air Conditioner, A/M32A-60A Generator & 4 Figures      
35007/X72:7 U.S. Pilot/Ground Crew Set Contains Chevrolet Step Van Crew Vehicle, Cockpit Ladder, Maintenance Platform, Tool Boxes, Bags, Wheeled Fire Extinquishers & 16 Figures      
54005/SW05Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 Airport Crash Tender

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Kit list last updated 09 April 2019