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Lunadiver Stingray


By Neal “dumb side of the moon” Izumi

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Featured In: February 2010 Newsletter

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray

Manufacturer: Hasegawa
Product Number: MK03
Materials: Styrene (Off White, RLM-02, Blue), polycaps
MSRP: 7,200 Yen
Available from: Armchair Adventurer

Hasegawa’s second major Maschinen Krieger ZbV.3000 (MaK) kit to hit the shelves is the Lunadiver Stingray. What the hell is a Lunadiver? Well, it is an Independent Mercenary Force space-going orbital surface attack craft which looks like a tapole with a severe case of the boils. Kow Yokoyama’s original scratchbuilt model was cobbled together using hull halves of a tugboat, two MD-500 helicopter bodies, bits of the robot from Lost In Space, and gumball capsules!

The kit is not in the standard MaK scale of 1/20th, but rather a more manageable 1/35th. Nevertheless, the model is over a foot long. A display stand is included, which is a good thing as the Lunadiver lacks landing gear. Two optional seated pilot figures and a bonus pair of Fireball SG powered suits are included with the kit. The pilot figures are in different poses, with one snuggled in the cockpit and the other perched out of the hatch. The Fireball SG suits can be built as one combat type and one reconnaissance type, or a matching pair of either configuration. Decals are provided for everyone in the box.

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray

This one piece cockpit tub features very nice “noodles” of wiring.

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray

The source of this part is very obviously a Hughes MD-500 helicopter.

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray

Each fireball SG powered suit is comprised of these parts. That’s a lot of bits-n-pieces for a 1/35th scale figure.

Above, the two sides of the marking guide.

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray

Hasegawa’s Lunadiver Stingray is even more unusual than their previous Falke anti-gravity fighter. It is a recent design (i.e. not from the SF-3D era), so I was surprised that it was kitted. The inclusion of powered suits in addition to the pilot figures definitely improves sales appeal, as it was a factor which influenced my decision to purchase the kit. I have heard that Hasegawa had planned to concentrate on non-suit designs and that they were going to work primarily in 1/35th scale.

Hopefully this will mean a Nutrocker hover tank in “standard” military scale in the future. Recommended to all MaK fans.

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray

The stand base and arm parts.

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray

Tiny round details are molded with undergate sprue attachments to simplify cleaning up.

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray

DIY rivets are provided for additional surface detailing.

Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray
Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray
Separate instruction sheets are provided for the Lunadiver and Fireball SG suits.

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