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