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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!

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
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Orange Yellow
0039
71.130
C058
H024
N024
 
 
 
 
 
2118
 
Sky Blue
 
71.089
C034
H025
N025
 
LC058
 
 
X14
 
 
Wood Brown
0079
71.293
C043
H037
N037
A213
C213
UA082
MMP130
387
 
1701
 
Underside Blue
 
71.328
C314
H314
A092
C092
UA139
 
225
 
1722
 
White
 
71.279
C316
H316
A049
C049
 
MMP104
099
AS20
XF02
1745
X141
XA1141
Radome Tan
 
 
C318
H318
 
 
MMP070
394
 
1709
 

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!