Hasegawa Ki-45

Model Kawasaki Ki-45 Review

Hasegawa are masters of the complete package, and the fact that there are calendars and books available and a massive following for Koike Shigeo’s art shows just how inspiring his box tops are.

My ultimate plan is to have as many as possible twin-engined night fighters in my catalogue of builds, and this kit certainly deserves to be part of anyone’s collection. The detail on the sprues is very much Hasegawa in that the more visible aspects get very careful attention and are masterfully represented, while other aspects are less intricately treated. If there is one disappointment for me it is the fact that the tailwheel assembly is moulded as one part, although this probably strengthens the area, so I will not complain all that much about it.

The decals are typically Hasegawa, a little on the thick side, but otherwise in perfect register, and superb colour. The only, and most bitterly, disappointing aspect of this kit is the price. At $33.99 it is positively astronomical, and I imagine it will put off some modellers who might actually consider this kit even if it was out of their normal realm of subject matter. It’s unfair to lay the blame at Hasegawa’s feet as the global economic slowdown has resulted in the devaluation of the $, which makes importing that much more expensive, however this does not make the price tag any less biting.

Hasegawa Ki-45Ki-45 model specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Hasegawa
  • Model: Kawasaki Ki-45 Kai Koh Toryu (Nick)
  • Code: 09836
  • Scale: 1:48
  • Media: RR, IM, ND, NP
  • Approx. Price: $30-40
  • Availability: Hasegawa stockists worldwide/eBay
  • Rating: Adequate