Maybe the answer can be found here...
...where it is stated "Frog reboxed the Hasegawa kit for their line before going belly up in 1976." This could be the source of the confusion, for if true, it means that it is possible to find identical sprues in Frog, Hasegawa, and Revell boxes (which is what happened to me, because I can assure all the sprues were identical!). The article you cited, using on-line translation (not the best) states:
"The late of sixties there was a set of cooperation between Hasegawa and Frog of the BAC lightning F.MK. 6. At that time, it was to create more affordable two separate forms." It seems the original Frog moulds went to Novo.
Even though the layout of the parts on the sprues are different, it is amazing how close the parts appear. Very good copying, er, cooperation, going on here!
This sentence, again from the bad translation, I don't understand at all:
"Now, Revell has released the own Matchbox Kit, which by the way is very problematic regarding the correctness, but has taken after the Frog reprint of 1999 on the Hasegawa Kit."
To my knowledge, Revell has never released the Matchbox Lightning, and Frog wasn't around in 1999 to "reprint" the Hasegawa kit. I think I'll need you to provide better translations for me!
Thanks for the link! Cheers, Bill
8. June 2012 at 15:58:50