Mat Irvine reports: The first Arcadia (I think!) was the Takara version (above) dating from the 1970s, complete with globe base and Captain Harlock figure. Note the box (below) which actually spells the name 'Alcadia'. Recently, Bandai also did the same version as Hasegawa, with the skull and crossbones mounted on the prow, which the Takara kit does not include.
Most interesting though is that Hasegawa is a relatively late entry in the SF ('sci-fi' if you must...) model field. The only other Japanese company that also lacks this category is Tamiya. I suppose Tamiya and Hasegawa have thought of themselves as being more for the 'serious’ modeller.
Mind you, I also have the Hasegawa 1:72 scale ‘Last Exile’ VanShip, and I still haven't built that yet...
Truly esquisite Hasegawa Ma.K kits available here.
A mouthwatering selection of Bandai’s Macross mini-universe of model kits here.
More on Captain Harlock here.
Another Aoshima kit from Captain Harlock, this one featuring the Queen Emeraldas, with mini-galleon attached to the ventral load bay doors.