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Manned Submersible Shinkai 6500

Hasegawa 1/72 Manned Submersible Shinkai 6500 Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2013 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject Manned Submersible Shinkai 6500 Scale 1/72
Kit Number 54003 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Unique subject Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $35.99

First Look

Manned Submersible Shinkai 6500 Kit
Manned Submersible Shinkai 6500 Kit
Manned Submersible Shinkai 6500 Kit

The Shinkai 6500 is a Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) built and operated by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. From the time of its first launch in 1990 until 2012, the Shinkai 6500 held the record for the deepest dive at 6500 meters (21,300 feet). The vehicle can accommodate a crew of three inside a pressure sphere with an interior diameter of 2 meters. The vehicle can operate up to 129 hours and has a speed of 2.5 knots.

Hasegawa continues to produce some very interesting subjects and this kit is no exception. We have a 1/72nd scale kit of the Manned Submersible Shinkai 6500 spacecraft depicted in the upgraded thruster configuration. The kit is molded in white styrene and presented on five parts trees plus a single tree of orange parts and a single tree of clear parts.

The kit is a simple build with most of the details focused on the thruster systems and the remote manipulator arms and their supporting sample trays. The kit includes a display stand.

There is lots of detail in this kit which will allow for some good oppportunities to render some eye-catching features from the non-skid walkway topside to the various lighting and thruster systems around the hull. There are good reference photos online to help you through the build as well. Nice!

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

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