Hasegawa Cosmo Sport L10B

Kit Nr.HC-02, Cosmo Sport L10B 1968

released in 1993
rereleased in September 2015

box top (11kB) Hasegawa's Historic Car Series came as a total surprise to many, especially since the first couple of subjects (Toyota 2000GT and Mazda Cosmo Sport) were covered before by other manufacturers. However, these were brand new patterns and despite being kerbside kits, each kit contains nice extra's. For the Cosmo, Hasegawa throws in a sheet of self adhesive felt for use as carpeting, a sheet of plastic mesh for the radiator grille and a very nice set of self-adhesive chrome-like metal badges. Decals are comprehensive, even some thatch-print inserts for the seats are included.
The model itself captures the looks of the real Cosmo very well and detail of chassis, interior and suspension are state of the art. If only there was a tiny rotary engine hiding under that hood...


Kit Nr.CH-31, Collectors Hi-Grade Series Mazda Cosmo Sport (metal engine details)

released in December 1998

box top (11kB) Late 1998 Hasegawa added the Mazda Cosmo Sport to its limited edition Hi-Grade series. The kit itself remained unchanged, the felt, the metal badges, its all there but a large number of cast metal and etched metal parts were added to fill up that void under the hood.
As with all Hi-Grade kits, the price is steep (5800 Yen, compared to 2200 Yen for the regular kit) and it is only suited for experienced modelers.
For this kit the modeler needs to take one extra hurdle:
the body is still kerbside, so the hood has to be separated from the body very carefully.
Among the extra parts is a self-adhesive piece of plastic foil with all the raised details for the inside of the hood, a very nice touch !
Apart from engine bay details, the big sheet of etched metal parts also contains a set of windshield wipers and even some license plates.


Kit Nr.CQ-1, MAT Vehicle

released in August 1999
rereleased in July 2008

box top (11kB) A special Japan-only issue, this kit depicts the car that was used in the Japanese sci-fi series Ultraman.
This L10B Cosmo, fitted with a trunk lid spoiler, a whip aerial and a fancy paint job was the ideal mount for the Monster Attack Team, whose heroes were busy saving the world from evil monsters.
This kit comes with all the parts and extras from the original HC-02 release, plus additional decals and parts to create either the early or the later version of the MAT vehicle, as illustrated by the many color pictures on the box lid.


Kit Nr.20258, Mazda Cosmo Sport L10B 'Police Car'

released in July 2012

box top (21kB) This is a limited edition, it is not part of any series.
This kit offers a choice of making a Cosmo L10B Highway Patrol car that served with the Hiroshima Prefectural Police or one that served with the 8th Metropolitan Police Department.
In addition to all the parts and extras from the original HC-02 Cosmo L10B kit, four new sets of parts and a new decal sheet are included:

The beautifully printed decal sheet contains all the items of the HC-02 kit (including thatch-print inserts for the seats) plus all Police graphics including two sizes of black curved triangles for the nose.
One odd thing is that the instructions suggest to fit the dealer plates (decals nr.7) to the car despite two sets of actual license plates being included. For option nr.1 (Hiroshima prefecture) license plates nr.8 can be used, for option nr.2 (Metropolitan Police) use license plates nr.25 .

The unused AB parts offer parts like a radio set (part AB1) but for absolute accuracy some details need to be added from scratch:
The very informative history on the instruction sheet mentions a speed detector fitted to the glove compartment but the instructions only mention fitting the additional spedometer to the top of the dashboard and leave the glove compartment lid closed. Also when a loudspeaker is fitted to the rear fender, there must be a microphone fitted inside but none is included.

Despite the base kit being 19 years old this is still a state-of-the-art kit, the parts are crisply detailed and no flash or other signs of mould wear are present.
The body is molded in white, interior, chassis parts and wheels are molded in black and parts like hubcaps, wipers and bezels are brightly plated.


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