What happened to Hasegawa?

I recently got a 1/32 p51 mustang, ,the box said Hasagawa ,but the quality just isn’t there. I haven’t built a aircraft in quite awhile and the last one was Hasegawa and was excellent. Are they putting their name on Revelle or Monagram boxes but still charging Hasegawa prices ?

Hasegawa has a number of old tooling kits that get reissued periodically in addition to their new tool kits. Their P-51 was an old tool kit that was never retooled. Their Ki-43, Fi156, and Bf109Es are also old tool only. Likely your last Hasegawa kit was one of their newer tool kits.


Lou, though I’m no 1/32 builder, I have heared good things about the Revell P-51 in 1/32. Maybe you should give it a try. It’s a recent tool.
P-51D Mustang (late version) // Aircraft // Revell Online-Shop

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Zuki Mora and Tamiya also are good in 1/32nd.

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Correct, the P-51 is still the 60/70’s tooling. They have a few new parts and updated decals. They have done redone some of their other older molds but not this one yet.

The 1/32 Hasegawa P-51D was originally released in 1972! so the molds are now over 50 years old. At the time it was a wonderful state of the art kit.
Above it was mentioned that the 1/32 Revell P-51 kit is nice. Just be advised, that Revell has at least three different molding P-51D kits in their inventory- their original 1972 kit, a see through “Phantom Mustang” that was originally released by Monogram in the early 1960’s, and their recent new tool kits from 2017. Their razorback P-51B was first released in the late 1960’s

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From my understanding Hasegawa has a license agreement with foreign model companies to bring exported models into the Japanese market in exchange for allowing their models to be sold in other countries under their brand. So Monogram can box some Hasegawa kits and sell them domestically while Hasegawa boxes Monogram kits and sell them in Japan. I think this has to do with the import laws in Japan and this is a way to give modelers access to kits normally not allowed to be sold in Japan. I highly recommend to always check on Scalemates.com to see which kits are reboxed from other manufactures as this practice has become some what wide spread. There are several companies who do this for example Hobby 2000 sells Hasegawa plastic with new decals and mask for the same price as the original Hasegawa released kits. Academy is notorious for reboxing other manufactured kits also.

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Thank You