Hasegawa Corporation(株式会社ハセガワ) is a Japanese company that manufactures plastic model kits of a variety of vehicles, including model aircraft, model cars, model ships, model armor, model space craft and science fiction kits. It based in Shizuoka, Japan. It was founded in 1941 and entered into the plastic model field in 1961.
Primarily using polystyrene, Hasegawa kits are typically regarded as very accurate, but without quite the ease-of-assembly. Currently, Hasegawa kits are imported into North America by Hobbico's Great Planes Model Distributor division. Hasegawa ended their long-time agreement with Dragon Models for 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/Germany frequently re-boxes Hasegawa kits for the European and North American markets.
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. Most such variations are usually only released once.
- Aircraft : 1/200, 1/144, 1/72, 1/48, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8
- Military vehicles : 1/72, 1/35
- Ships : 1/700 (Waterline series), 1/450, 1/350
- Automobiles : 1/24, 1/20, 1/12
- Science Fiction mecha : Macross, Ultraman, Virtual On, Maschinen Krieger etc.
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