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Voyager

Hasegawa 1/48 Voyager Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2012 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject Voyager Scale 1/48
Kit Number 54002 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice kit of the spacecraft Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $37.99

First Look

Voyager Kit
Voyager Kit
Voyager Kit
Voyager Kit

The Voyager series of spacecraft were designed for deep space exploration with instrumentation to study the outer planets powered by a small nuclear generator. Two spacecraft were launched on slightly different trajectories in 1977. Both were intended to take a closer look at Jupiter and Saturn but their health and capabilities are still in use today as the spacecraft now explore the bow wave of our solar system as it pushes through the deep space forces within our galaxy.

Hasegawa continues to produce some very interesting subjects and this kit is no exception. We have a 1/48th scale kit of the Voyager spacecraft depicted with its instrumentation booms deployed. The kit is molded in styrene and presented on five parts trees - two in black, one in white, one in clear blue, and one in gold plate. A curved metal wire is also included to connect the Voyager model to its display stand.

The spacecraft is nicely detailed with all of the structures and instrumentation enclosures all rendered. The booms are rendered in plastic to make this model an easy build, but the AMS modeler will want these booms rendered in photo-etch to better represent the scale and fine detail of the full-scale examples. LVM Studios has produced such a set here.

The kit has a clear blue display stand with a silhouette of the continents on the exposed hemisphere to represent Earth. When I was unpacking this kit for taking pictures, there was something wrapped up in white paper with the wire and the blue stand. It was the gold-plated styrene part and this will teach me to work with my glasses on in the future. As I squinted to figure out what these golden parts were, the subject came in loud and clear:

Voyager

Kudos to Hasegawa for having a sense of humor! I have a hunch that this figure will become our new 'Golden Gray Award' for some suitable achievement (or lack thereof) in the hobby industry.

If you're a spacecraft modeler, here at last is the first kit of this subject in styrene. If you're a Star Trek fan, you'll also want this kit as it is also V'ger (though you'll have some scratchbuilding to do to replicate the rest of the spacecraft that was built around the original Voyager 6 spacecraft. I also like the alien figure with its gesture of peace. Too bad nobody has done a figure like this of a generic gray (or Paul) in such a pose in a larger scale.

Here is a list of paints Hasegawa identifies for the colors of this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
White
0050
71.001
C001
H001
N001
A528
C528
LC001
MMP001
004
LP02
X02
1745
 
Black
0032
70.950
C002
H002
N002
A125
C125
LC002
MMP047
005
LP01
X01
1747
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Copper
0199
71.068
C010
H010
N010
 
LC078
MMC004
154
XF06
 
 
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Sandy Dark Yellow
0222
71.278
C119
H079
N079
A014
C014
UA137
MMP119
068
XF78
2088
X209
XA1209

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!