Thursday, March 4, 2010


David Jefferis reports
Science fiction fan alert - here’s a follow-up to the 2009 Hasegawa Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K) Falke release. This one is a limited-edition injection-moulded 1:20 scale sci-fi craft that’s loaded with fine detail, optional decal sets, and various new-tooling features. These include a ventral-location ‘excimer laser gun’, presumably a mega-power version of the ultra-precise lasers used by today’s eye surgeons.

When assembled, the Falke is a good size, measuring 286 mm (11.3 in) long and to a scale that will allow model fans to make dioramas using 1:18 scale diecast cars and equipment. Something like a satin-black model of the futuristic Lamborghini Reventon would make the cut as a diorama partner with the Falke, or maybe even a deeply-modded Batmobile! Hasegawa has included a well detailed cockpit, extra radomes, and a pair of pilots - one in seated ready-to-fly position, the other standing in readiness for a mission. A bunch of service techies would look good - if you’re reading this Hasegawa, let’s have a Ma.K figure set ASAP.

A note on the Ma.K sci-fi universe, which was created by Kow Yokoyama in the 1980s. It's set in the 2800s, with stories revolving around battles between factions aiming to control an Earth recovering from a nuclear conflict - gloomy maybe, but not that unlikely, sad to say.

Pictures courtesy Hasegawa and Hobby Link Japan.

The Hasegawa Ma.K Falke is available from model stores and online suppliers including HLJ here.

Inspect a 1:18 Lamborghini Reventon in gunmetal finish here.