Hasegawa 1/72 Toyota Starter
$1.98 when new
Still around, don't pay a silly
price for it!
19,870 Toyota GB trucks were produced
between 1938 and 1942. They were used for a variety of purposes by the Japanese
military forces. The
starter truck model incorporated a somewhat primitive rig, to engage with the
Hucks starter dogs on the propeller hub or spinner of aircraft engines.
in a top opening box, there are about 50 tan coloured parts on two sprues. The
parts are nicely detailed, but there are many ejector pin marks that will need
chassis and running gear is well detailed with separate leaf springs. The cabin
has a steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake levers. There is no engine detail.
The five part starter rig requires some cabling to be added, the box top
illustration shows this
clearly. The whole rig could easily be left off if a standard truck model is
desired. There are 3
figures included, and a bonus bomb trolley with four small bombs.
A thin and clear injection moulded windshield is
The small decal sheet, printed in
black only, has 2 number plates and 2 small stencil markings.
The instruction sheet, printed
in English, has an eight part assembly guide and a short history. A painting and
decaling guide, which also shows details of the figure painting, is included.
The instructions and illustrations are sufficient to construct and finish the
I suspect this is one of the several
1/72 military vehicles produced by Hasegawa in the 1970's.
The box top bears a close
resemblance to a photograph in Green, in the Ki-43 article.
The starter rigs were fairly
standard, in wide use from their invention during the first world war. The rig
parts could be transplanted onto another vehicle such as a US, British or German
truck if desired.
A nice little kit, somewhat
marred by excessive ejector pin marks. It would make a fine addition to an
aircraft diorama. Like most vehicle kits, it's all in the painting and
detailing, the basics are there for a good model.
search found several for sale, some for as much as $70, I paid $7 from a local
Fighters Volume Three, Macdonald, London, 1961
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