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Fujimi or Hasegawa

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  • Member since
    July 2020
  • From: New England
Fujimi or Hasegawa
Posted by Lone Traveler on Thursday, July 23, 2020 8:56 AM

I am starting a Pearl Harbor project now that I am retired. I plan to do the ships in 1/700 scale waterline. for many there is only one maker, so there it is. I was shopping and saw there are two IJN Hiei BBs.  One from Fujimi and one from Hasegawa. Which is concidered the better choice for quality? I like builds that are reasonably detailed but not overly fiddely. 




  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:22 AM

You might get opinions here, IF folks have built the kits.Also utilize Google,you may find reviews as well as build logs,and videos on Youtube,depends on the is a good resource if you need more info.

Hopefully between here and other resources you can get some answers.I myself are not familiar with the kits.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:33 AM

The ModelerJoe kit list indicates that the Fujimi Kongo-class kits are inferior to, and cheaper than the Hasegawa.  

Your choice between the two kits is the Hasegawa

  • Member since
    July 2020
  • From: New England
Posted by Lone Traveler on Thursday, July 23, 2020 11:16 AM
Always one of my first stops. Most reviews seem to be of the larger scale models. Although there is a lot of build info that is very helpful.



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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 23, 2020 11:18 AM

I've never heard of Modeler Joe. Will check it out.

EDIT: Oh I see it's the same as Rajendra's.



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Posted by potchip on Thursday, July 23, 2020 7:00 PM

Please provide some info to the 2 kits you are comparing. It's a bit of a minefield.

Hasegawa Kongo kits are old, 90's old.  There was an old Fujimi kit that's even older but it's rather rare nowadays. If you are searching kits by price, it could be that you stumbled upon 2 old tools, it's unfortunately scraping at the bottom of an ancient barrel and neither are any good compared to current stardards.

Fujimi has since produced 2 versions of Hieis after 2000, one normal and one 'snap together' style newer tool. 

Go with new Fujimi versions if you care about a kit that is modern standard. But modern ship kits are by definition fiddly with many parts.  If you want something that sort of looks like a Hiei, Hasegawa might just do. 


Refer to scalemates for the history of

Fujimi Hiei

and Hasegawa Hiei


Check the box arts of the kits you are comparing against for indications of their vintage.


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