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Jaguar XJ-S V12

Hasegawa 1/24 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2018 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject Jaguar XJ-S V12 Scale 1/24
Kit Number 20321 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice kit of this Jaguar Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $47.99

First Look

Jaguar XJ-S V12
Jaguar XJ-S V12
Jaguar XJ-S V12
Jaguar XJ-S V12

Hasegawa has reissued their Jaguar XJ-S kit, in this case the V12-powered sports luxury coupe. First released in 1983, you wouldn't know that this tooling was 35 years old when you open the box. The molds must be well-maintained as the parts trees in this kit are sharp and flash-free.

The kit is molded in styrene and presented on two trees of maroon parts plus the body shell,  two trees of gray parts, two trees of chromed parts, one tree of clear parts, and one set of rubber (vinyl) tires. Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Detailed V-12 engine under the hood
  • Positionable hood
  • Detailed suspension and drive train
  • Detailed interior
  • Detailed cockpit

This tooling has been used to render other models of the Jaguar XJ-S and these include race car and convertible 'cabriolet' versions. The detailing in the kit is well done and will build without problems. This kit is a relatively simple build and you'll probably spend more time in the paint booth than on the bench building this gem. If you spend the time to apply the detail painting, you'll really have an eye-catching Jaguar for your shelf.

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

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