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In 1941 Hasegawa opened a factory in Shizuoka, Japan, and began developing and manufacturing wooden models for use as teaching aids. Twenty years later, the company entered the new field of plastic models.
Its first plastic kit — a glider — was soon followed by more advanced subjects. In June of 1962, Hasegawa released the 1/450 scale Japanese battleship Yamato. It was a huge hit, selling 150,000 units that year alone.
Since then, Hasegawa has earned a worldwide reputation for exceptional depth and detail in each plastic model subject category. You can choose from 1/200, 1/72, 1/48, 1/32 and 1/8 scale aircraft kits; 1/72, 1/24 and 1/20 scale vehicles; and 1/700, 1/350 and 1/450 scale ships. Hasegawa offers many kits for Science Fiction fans, plus comical Egg Planes that appeal particularly to younger model builders.