This time I’ll try to make an IJA medium tank “Chi-To”. It had a powerful firepower in the prototype tank of the Imperial Japanese Army. This box painting is amazing. There is a tank fight in a rice crop scenery of rice fields, infantry soldiers are set up the anti-tank cannon. It is a picture that imagines the mainland decisive battle.
The structure of the chassis is similar to the medium tank Chi-Ha. However, the total length is much longer.
I remembered doing the work in this area several times in the past.
The main gun seems to be unusually strong on the Imperial Army tank.
The structure of the chassis is different from Chi-ha, the number of road wheels is seven. Since the shape of the track rink is also different, we cannot use the third party connected track of Chi-Ha. I am looking for an optionally linked caterpillar, but unfortunately, the price is about three times as high as the kit, I will ignore it this time. If it is about the price of the Vision model, I can feel free to use it. Even a belt type should become the good appearance if I wind it up well.
Using Tamiya acrylic matte white. Recently it was cold, I did not like painting using an airbrush with opening windows, so I painted it with a flat brush. There is not much concealment power, and brush unevenness is terrible. Even if it is cold, it is better to be patient with airbrush paint and finish early and clear. By the way, the inside of the hatch was not white but khaki. It is easy to be seen by the enemy if the backside of the hatch was white.
I expressed the slackness of the caterpillar while gluing with the instant adhesive. Although the belt type is easy, it was relieved when I finish winding up the caterpillar.
Since the muffler is all hidden by the photo-etched parts, it is painted with red-brown, thinking that it is hard to paint later. I painted the around of the muffler with khaki. There is nothing when I actually matched the photo-etched parts, the muffler cover will not interfere with the painting. I think that the color tone will be adjusted later.
The assembly is completed. It is a tank with almost no curved surface.
Has this “Chi-To” kit recently been released? I was surprised that the parts fit very well. It has the same precision and ease of assembly as Tamiya. If it includes the partial connection injection caterpillar, there’s no complaining at all.
The tri-color camouflage is grass color, land color, and dry grass color.
Imperial Japanese Army Tank late camouflage color set of Creos. It is a very well thought out color tone.
I have just completed the Type 4 median tank “Chi-To” mass production type. The actual vehicle was planned, but it was incomplete. It was unfinished or just a few prototype tanks were completed. Chi-To was planned in April 1942, at first it was planned to put 47 mm cannon at the beginning, changed to a 57 mm cannon and eventually, it was decided to place a 75 mm cannon.
This 75mm cannon was copied from Sweden Bofors anti-aircraft gun. With a high-performance anti-tank gun, it was able to penetrate armor thickness of 75 mm from a distance of 1,000 m.
It was in March 1945 that the prototype tank was completed, because the development of guns was delayed considerably. The Imperial Japanese Army had a plan to mass-produce hundreds of “Chi-To”, but the situation of the war had been already imminent, and with the exhausted national strength the planning was impossible. There is the opinion that six tanks were completed by the end of the war.
When I read the overall explanation, it is the impression that there was considerable unevenness in the development speed of guns and vehicles. That is why it was too much to say that it’s a fictional tank, but it did not affect the battlefield.
One of the design changes from the prototype to mass production type was a large muffler with the high muffling ability was adopted.
It looks a strong tank. Speaking of the 75mm gun, it is the same as the German Panther tank. It is understood that the tank development ability of German and Soviet was quite high when Japan could not acquire the high tank development ability even Japan works hard until the end of the war.
I wonder if you can feel the weight of the metal rather than the belt plastic material as I carefully did weathering on the caterpillar.
I was weathering with the consciousness that it was a tank used in the mainland decisive battle in Japan, but in the end, it has become a usual tone weathering unchanged. The plains around Tokyo are areas with much red soil called the Kanto loam layer. I tried to make it a reddish weathering but stopped because the exaggeration is over.
The mesh of the muffler guard of the attached photo-etched parts is excellent.
I’m planning to put the tank soldiers later, the hatch is an open state. It is possible to close it, only temporarily fixed by TOMBOW PIT MULTI 2. It can fix temporarily anything. If used before the glue is completely dry, you have glue that won’t come off. If used after the glue dried, you can peel off whatever you stick to.
I think that it is the coolest in the Imperial Army tanks I have built so far. It’s a great kit. May I overpraise it?
Even though the Imperial Army tanks I’ve made were said to be medium tanks, they are light tank levels on WWII in Europe. The Chi-To has strength enough to fight equally with Sherman tanks.