Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby Cpl Punishment » 21 Apr 2017

Over 20 years ago....
I did conversion sets for the M50 (Late) and the M51 for the Hasegawa Sherman
This was over 20 years ago.... the details weren't that great,
and the hull hatches were closed.
Back in (or near) 05' Dragon came out with their EZ 8 Sherman
So I redid my masters to make the Conversions based off their kits.
Well from time to time....
people have asked he where they can find the Older conversions.
I told them sadly that they no longer exist.
I then asked: "why would you want one for the Hasegawa Sherman,
when the Dragon kits are better?"
I was told that Dragon keeps screwing up and stopping production of the Shermans,
and even though my current conversions will work with Trumpeter kits....
Hasegawa as never stopped producing..... for more than 40 years.
Soooooo.... to keep everyone happy....
I now offer two sets of Conversions for the M51and the M50 (late)
Both Dragon and Hasegawa


This is my original offering from the mid 90's

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I then crafted the "stowage basket" .....
(Back them I did not have the patience to make the basket)

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doing the Hasegawa conversions requires these modifications for the donor parts.

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I have also learned that even though I have included resin tracks
one can still use the donor kits tracks

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This is how the assembled model looks

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and here is the model painted

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Please tell me what you think
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby kodiakzodiak » 21 Apr 2017

Looks awesome but I'm no expert!
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby Cpl Punishment » 21 Apr 2017

kodiakzodiak wrote:Looks awesome but I'm no expert!



Thanks.....
Back in the mid 90's it was a bit crude,
and yet people kept asking for me to bring back the Hasegawa conversions.
(despite the faults of the donor kit)
So I saw this as a good time to improve on the originals. :good:
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby Cpl Punishment » 27 Apr 2017

I have since made a few changes to the turret .....
I have been told by several people that the spare tracks on the turret
should be a set of three, not four...
there are some small details on the gun mantlet
that for some reason I have always "overlooked"
and I finally did the "dust cover" where the gun joins the turret

first off here is the turret before I did anything

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here are the details that I always "overlooked"

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Here are the changes I made to the spare tracks

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and here is a small look at the "dust cover"
along with the small deteails

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here is how it looks painted up

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Please tell me what you think
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby dead1 » 27 Apr 2017

Wow. It looks great. There's a lot of life in that model - it looks straight out of 67!
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby Cpl Punishment » 27 Apr 2017

dead1 wrote:Wow. It looks great. There's a lot of life in that model - it looks straight out of 67!


Thanks, glad you like it :good:
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby Bluewillow » 23 Aug 2017

Really looking forward to putting mine together in the coming week! :thumbsup:

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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby Cpl Punishment » 25 Aug 2017

Bluewillow wrote:Really looking forward to putting mine together in the coming week! :thumbsup:

Cheers
Matt


But......
didn't you get the conversions for the "Dragon" kits,
and not the Hasegawa?
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby danldunbar » 25 Aug 2017

It looks good, but why put all that amazing work into a conversion, with not to much more work you could make the whole kit.
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby Bluewillow » 25 Aug 2017

True :grin:
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby nickoftime45 » 27 Aug 2017

danldunbar wrote:It looks good, but why put all that amazing work into a conversion, with not to much more work you could make the whole kit.


I think the answer lays in the word 'conversion' if the remainder of the kit is as supplied by the manufacturer then it does not require converting so would be purely a copy and wont be appreciated (deliberate understatement). 'Most' manufacturers 'seem' to tolerate conversions because they require the purchase of a donor kit. :hello:
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Re: Hasegawa Conversion to M51

Postby danldunbar » 28 Aug 2017

OK, I thought his parts were all from scratch to add to the supplied running gear, my bad.
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