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Hasegawa Subaru Legacy GT Touring Wagon

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Hasegawa No. 20304
Molded Colors: White, grays, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $49.99
Pros: Nicely detailed body & chassis (for a curbside), decals
Cons: Poor fit of headlight and tail light lenses, lack of engraving for black areas of windows, somewhat brittle plastic
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I’m quite the station wagon and family car aficionado, so when offered a chance to review Hasegawa’s new Subaru Legacy GT Touring Wagon, I jumped at the chance.

While reissued recently, this kit does have old tooling being that it was first issued the same year as the 1:1 wagon’s debut- 1991.

There are 75 pieces in Hasegawa’s latest reissue. The wagon body is molded in white, chassis and body parts in dark gray, and interior parts light gray. There’s also a small tree coated in satin chrome for the wheels and mirror faces. 

Windows and lenses are clear, but you’ll need to buy clear red and clear amber paint for the lenses. The inside glass comes as one solid piece, and only the rear side windows have engraving for the black surrounds so prominent on ’80s and newer vehicles.

There are four, rubber Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires, though they probably weren’t factory stock for the vehicle.

A nice decal sheet features gauges, silver pin striping, body emblems, mirror faces and two sets of Legacy license plates: silver on black or silver on gray.

I find Hasegawa’s plastic a bit harder and more brittle than AMT’s or Revell’s. There is a fair amount of flash on the parts as expected considering the age of the tooling. 

The body is one piece, with some fairly prominent mold lines that will need to be dealt with. A nice touch is the molded open grill, a bit of a surprise considering the kit is a curbside with no upper engine detail. I wish more manufacturers would take lessons on this. Kudos, Hasegawa.  

On top, there are roof rails and an optional ski rack. If you choose not to use the rack, there are holes that need to be filled.

While it is a curbside, the chassis is full of detail and the lower part of the engine is visible. It accurately represents an all-wheel-drive chassis. There are chrome exhaust tips and disc brakes at all four wheels, although with the kit’s rims on, the brakes are not seen.

Moving on to the interior, it’s possible to build this Legacy GT Touring Wagon in both left- and right-hand drive, a clever feature, and the gauge decals are nicely appointed.

Unfortunately, there are places inside the wagon that offer room for improvement. The door panels are void of any detail and behind the rear seats, there’s only a bland cover stretching to the back of the hatch, to hide more  missing detail.

Front seats have prominent ejector-pin marks that need to be filled and sanded. What appears as flash on the seats to me, fairly well represents the division between cloth and vinyl on the 1:1 wagon’s seats.

A manual shifter and parking break also are visible, but below the steering wheel all three pedals are absent.
However, overall assembly went fairly well, and there were no real surprises here.

Trouble areas I had were the mentioned lack of engraving on the glass for the black trim, and the outside mirrors are a snug fit once you prime, paint, and clear them.
I also found the mirror’s lenses to be a poor fit. 

Included decals are a little fragile. Care is needed, especially with the longer silver pin striping.  All badging is small, too.

All in all, I found the kit to be a very enjoyable model to build, and wouldn’t mind adding another to my collection.


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