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Hasegawa Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki Jimny
Hasegawa No. HSGS1122
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, gray, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $54.99
Pros: Good parts fit; chassis detail
Cons: Rear side window-seal decals don’t line up; fiddly mud flaps and external mirrors
This is essentially the same vehicle sold in the US most commonly as the Suzuki Samurai. The kit is a 1995 version that only builds as RHD and there are some other items that make it different from its American counterpart, but it includes several options.

Two sets of rims are included: stamped steel and some sportier five-spoke alloys. There is an optional hard cover for the spare tire too.

I chose to build it in base-model trim. That is how most of the US export ones I saw were, so the alloys and spare cover were not used. Other wheel-related options are the autolock hubs for the front, and no center caps for the rear.

It can be built at two ride heights. I chose the lower one; the lifted option raises it almost two scale inches.

In addition to the movable steering and rolling wheels, it has a poseable suspension. It can be positioned (within reason) as if it was traversing uneven terrain. It isn’t a true fully working suspension – the leaf springs are fixed – but it is a unique feature.

The body parts are molded in white; the rest are gray, clear, and chrome for a total of 134 pieces. There are five soft tires, with nice tread but no sidewall engraving.

The decal sheet has several nice features, including the rear-window defroster and side-window seals. There are multiple options for badging, as well as the gauges and other labels and details; all are printed crisply, and the decals respond well to mild setting solutions where needed .

A nice sheet of diecut chrome Mylar is provided for mirror faces, badges, and light reflectors. Some of the badging is also included on the decal sheet.

The instructions are easy to follow, and contain plenty of painting information.

Even though it is a curbside, it has a well-detailed chassis with a full frame that includes some of the lower engine molded into it. The separate exhaust and suspension parts add depth. I used some of the techniques described in the April 2017 Scale Auto to lightly weather the underside.

The body required a minimum of mold-line clean-up, and the engraving is sharp. I used Tamiya TS-39 Mica Red for the exterior. I left the sheen as it came from the can (except for a few specs of dust I sanded and polished). My recollection of them as new vehicles was somewhat short of high gloss, but I did wax the finish.

The fit of all parts is good. Some fit so well they did not require cement, but the majority of the smaller pieces need a decent amount of cleanup – mainly because of the little tabs that were added to ensure a full fill during molding.

The only issues I encountered were minor:

The rear side-window seal decals don’t quite line up with the body openings. There are engraved lines on the glass that make application of those decals manageable, but those lines are about .025 inches too high. You could apply the decals to the outside of the glass and use the window openings of the body as a guide.

The mud flaps and external rearview mirrors are fiddly. I broke off the mud flaps a couple of times by installing them too early. I suggest the flaps be nearly the last parts to add before the assembled mirrors and antenna.

This kit was enjoyable to build  because of the fit quality and basic engineering. Highly recommended.


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