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Hitachi Combined Vibratory Roller ZC50C-5

Hasegawa 1/35 Hitachi Combined Vibratory Roller ZC50C-5 Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2018 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject Hitachi Combined Vibratory Roller ZC50C-5 Scale 1/35
Kit Number 66002 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Easy build, nice details Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $42.99

First Look

Hitachi Combined Vibratory Roller ZC50C-5
Hitachi Combined Vibratory Roller ZC50C-5
Hitachi Combined Vibratory Roller ZC50C-5

Hasegawa has launched into a relatively untouched area in scale modeling with this release. While there have been a few kits of construction equipment released over the decades, there hasn't been a new-tooled kit of this genre in some time. Two companies produced World War 2 era bulldozers which could have been painted in civilian (war surplus) colors, but nothing reflecting the modern age. In addition to this construction roller, Hasegawa also has an excavator and a log handler in the works. Best of all, these are all 1/35 scale.

This kit represents the modern day 'steam roller' that is used to flatten and smooth out newly laid pavement or gravel on roadways and other flat surfaces. This Hitachi roller can be found on the streets of Japan and was first commercially available in 2015. In time, this roller may find its way onto roads in various parts of the world.

The kit is molded in styrene and presented on seven parts trees, two molded in orange, three molded in gray, one molded in white, and one molded in clear. If you look at the white tree, the roller itself is slide-molded so there are no seams in the cylinder. Nice.

The kit builds up into the unit you see in the box art and provides some interesting opportunities. While this particular model hasn't been exported outside of Japan yet, you can still use it to represent a roller in other parts of the world. Since this is produced in 1/35 scale, you've got opportunities to build this for your construction equipment collection, or as part of a diorama or vignette with your favorite tank or APC to depict any number of scenarios. With something like this kit, you have new opportunities.

This is a very nicely engineered kit that will go together easily. All it needs is the right paint and weathering to bring out the details, as well as a part in a scene that you have yet to create.

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

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
 
Red
0049
71.269
C003
H003
N003
A276
C276
LC006
MMP003
002
LP07
X07
1705
 
Green
0074
71.329
C006
H006
N006
A093
C093
UA060
MMP004
385
AS13
X05
2029
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Gold
0198
71.066
C009
H009
N009
 
LC025
MMC003
153
LP62
X12
1744
X507
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Orange
0129
71.083
C059
H014
N014
A704
C704
LC005
 
 
TS12
X06
 
 
Gelbraun
0013
71.272
C044
H027
N027
 
 
 
 
XF57
 
 
Field Gray
RAL 7021
0008
71.056
C040
H032
N032
A224
C224
UA207
MMP014
034
LP27
XF63
 
 
Light Gull Gray
0241
71.121
C373
H051
N051
A048
C048
UA025
MMP063
098
 
1730
 
Neutral Gray
0239
71.051
H053
A054
C054
UA071
MMP103
039
AS07
XF53
1725
X133
XA1133
Tire Black
0033
71.315
C137
H077
N077
 
UA733
MMP040
 
LP65
XF85
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Clear Orange
 
 
C049
H092
N092
 
 
 
265
LP53
X26
 
 
Sierra Tan
0202
71.125
C310
H310
A012
C012
UA015
MMP060
103
AS15
XF59
1742
 
Radome Tan
 
 
C318
H318
 
 
MMP070
394
 
1709
 
Light Gray
0209
71.276
C338
H338
A050
C050
UA023
MMP116
364
 
1732
X139
XA1139

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