Monday, December 5, 2011


SMN report:
A new Egg Plane from Hasegawa is the F-22 Raptor, arriving with all-new tooling and decals, plus assembly instructions and a super-cute, big-eyed anime-style lady pilot.

Hasegawa lays more eggs
Egg Planes are something of a Hasegawa tradition, as the first ones were hatched way back in the mid-1970s. They never go off though, and Hasegawa lays them again and again, with the 2011 clutch reboxed with cute anime-style girls contrasting nicely with the rounded shapes of the actual planes.

Aero eggs
Egg Planes are not to any particular scale, which is fine for the ovoid styling that Hasegawa came up with. The latest batch totals 20 in all, ranging from the F-22 to a T-4 Blue Impulse aerobatic jet. All are quick assembly, with a parts count of no more than 20 or so. The SMN fave of the latest range is probably the Harrier jump-jet, though that's probably for old time's sake, as the UK Harrier fleet has just been sold to the US Marine Corps for spares. So that means the famous British-borne aircraft will live on only in USMC markings...sob. Oh well, they've gone to a good home.

Another piece of history, now the Shuttles are Museum-bound.

Eggstra items
Of course, you don’t have to stop at the Hasegawa official releases, as Egg Planes are now embedded in modelmaking culture, and you never know when an eggxtraspecial item will appear. In fact, our faves of the moment are not aircraft at all - the USS Hunley submarine and the Egg Zeppelin - both of which have been lovingly crafted with mini-diorama settings. Top marks!

Visit previous Eggstuff in SMN here.

Egg Planes for sale here.