When Was the 1/48 Hasegawa/Mania F4U-4 Kit Introduced?

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When Was the 1/48 Hasegawa/Mania F4U-4 Kit Introduced?

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August 12th, 2012, 12:51 pm #1

I think I bought my first one about 1982 or '83, but I have no idea when the original Mania kit appeared. Anyone know?






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August 12th, 2012, 1:33 pm #2

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August 12th, 2012, 3:29 pm #3

Man, that must have been a cutting edge, state of the art kit in 1972.

I found a review on MM that says the molds are "almost 30 years old" but sadly, there's no date on the review.



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August 12th, 2012, 3:53 pm #4

Late 60s or early 70s. It seems like they put out most of their kits all around the same time or within a short time span. The Corsair has been around since the early/mid 70s.
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August 12th, 2012, 5:01 pm #5

Definitely ahead of their time, IMHO.. n/t
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August 12th, 2012, 6:51 pm #6

I think I bought my first one about 1982 or '83, but I have no idea when the original Mania kit appeared. Anyone know?






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Steel cuts flesh. Steel cuts bone. Steel does not cut steel. --Stephen Hunter, The 47th Samurai.

We will march on a road of bones. --Hunter S. Thompson.

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First time I saw one was just before Christmas, 1980, in the Minicraft box with the VMFT-20 markings (green and white fuselage, cowl and wing bands).

It was for sale in JC Penny's at Greengage Mall in western PA. I don't remember how much they wanted for it. Lost count of how many times I've built that kit since then, but right now there are 5 finished ones parked on my shelves.
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August 12th, 2012, 7:42 pm #7

Man, that must have been a cutting edge, state of the art kit in 1972.

I found a review on MM that says the molds are "almost 30 years old" but sadly, there's no date on the review.



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Steel cuts flesh. Steel cuts bone. Steel does not cut steel. --Stephen Hunter, The 47th Samurai.

We will march on a road of bones. --Hunter S. Thompson.

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when I was at Squadron in Detroit.

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August 12th, 2012, 7:44 pm #8

First time I saw one was just before Christmas, 1980, in the Minicraft box with the VMFT-20 markings (green and white fuselage, cowl and wing bands).

It was for sale in JC Penny's at Greengage Mall in western PA. I don't remember how much they wanted for it. Lost count of how many times I've built that kit since then, but right now there are 5 finished ones parked on my shelves.
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I bought my first one at a Two Guys big-box store sometime in the early '80s. I think the kit normally retailed for $8 but they were going out of bidness and had models on sale for 25% off and I got one--maybe two--for $6 each, which made me just about pants-wetting happy. Eight frogs for a 1/48 WWII fighter was a LOT of money in those days.



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We will march on a road of bones. --Hunter S. Thompson.

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August 12th, 2012, 7:46 pm #9

when I was at Squadron in Detroit.

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I spent half the 1970s hanging around the Washington DC Squadron Shop and I don't remember ever seeing one there, either on the shelf or built in the display cases.





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August 12th, 2012, 7:59 pm #10

I think I bought my first one about 1982 or '83, but I have no idea when the original Mania kit appeared. Anyone know?






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Steel cuts flesh. Steel cuts bone. Steel does not cut steel. --Stephen Hunter, The 47th Samurai.

We will march on a road of bones. --Hunter S. Thompson.

Sat Cong!
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