As I got tired of the past article transfer, I loaded the recent work of JGSDF TYPE90 tank.
It is a Type 90 tank of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, which I had wanted to make someday. Type 90 tank is popular in Japan, there are a variety of scales of kit and toys. The Ground Self-Defense Force item was since making the Apache attack helicopter a little time ago. A few years ago I only built the WWII AFV, now I like modern AFV, too.
I don’t have any trouble around this work.
The rough mold of the anti slipper is taken on the entire vehicle surface.
It is the strange mold of OVM accessories. A scoop and pickaxe.
Though I made it, the scoop was invisible after I cover it.
They are joint parts of the body and mine rollers.
I think the belt caterpillar is well-done, very much. Most are covered with a fender after all. Because the caterpillar is seen a little, I thought that the high quality detailed tracks sold separately was not necessary this time.
Because it is a rubber belt caterpillar, there is not much looking like plates jointing one by one.
Only wound it and it’s floated. When gluing together, it would be seen as a heavy caterpillar.
There are a lot of big disks of the mine roller.
The mine roller has much number of the parts. Plain 90 type tank has a few parts and makes it easy, I suppose.
I felt it’s difficult to make the part of attaching chains to the roller, I’m skipping it and assembling a gun turret.
Clipping guide of the size of the original.
Thick chain was fastened with superglue, I did not use a metal wire. Thin chain is connected by ultra-fine metal wire. It is careful work, but is getting used after two or three works finished.
Roughly assembly was completed.
The turret rear rack is stuck a wire mesh. Actually, it is nylon mesh not wire netting.
I forgot the main wing to pass under the bar of the mine roller, I took off two places of chains and attached it again. I have tied it up with metal wire following a manual this time. Because the one does not come off with a slight movement, It’s reliable after all.
The painting of the mine roller seems to be difficult.
The parting line of the caterpillar, it is hard to delete, that was the only problem. Maybe it was melted to use a strong tool cleaner, I have not yet tried. The feel of a material may be good after I wrap it to the sprocket wheel.
A parting line stands out in a roller part, it is better to handle it properly.
In the process of making, there is a work to fit the clear plastic board attached to the body. Clear parts were usually glued together after painting, because there were many, firstly I fit them. Masking is necessary when painting.
When this will be completed, it’s very large size.
I made additional work on Jerry can strap by the plate weight.
Smoked discharger cap, I attached thin chains to the caps. Glued on either side total 16 points. Also, I added the chain of hatches.
I used the CREOS JGSDF Ground Self Defense Force tank color. It is a 3 color set of dark green 3414, brown 3606, OD 2314. I want Creos to sell them by a single item.
The roller part was painted in black. I’m going to finish it like dark gray or iron color.
I paste the anti-reflective coating sheet to the periscope later and I masked it all.
Now, I blew the dark green to the turret and the roller arms.
The teeth of this Mine Roller were first painted in black so I masked it easily.
I pasted decals. As you can see the mark, it is a unit of Hokkaido.
The figure’s face, Japanese-like looking and I think it’s quite good. Regarding the westerners’ figures, many good resin heads are released, but I hardly see Japanese heads.
Ground self defense force tank crew. I need 4 colors of the camouflage uniform, and one of them was required to mixed with Tamiya colors. Finishing the figure and it will be almost complete.
I found various debris in my closet while a moving preparation. The backpack with a logo mark of the company which I was working before. I felt slightly awkward and no use. Its disposal. I also remember when I worked at Hitachi group company, though the general affairs were enthusiastic, giving a polo shirt to all employees, it was unpopular long long ago.
The 90 type tank with a mine roller was completed. To motivation up for building, I read again Hiroaki Kimoto’s “Hokkaido War 1979: Civilian Control Function Not Working”. But, of course, 90 type tanks did not appear. On the contrary, I want to make 74 type tank.
The 90 type tanks have began to be deployed since 1990, equipped with a 120 mm glide cannon and it is a first-class item as a 3rd generation tank.
Recently, Steam PC game distributor has a sale, I bought extra games so I was late completing this plastic model…. In addition, in my moving at one time, plastic models making on the way were missing.
The main gun shells are ready for launch in an automatic loading device. Only three crew required to operate this tank. It is amazing that three crew can operate so big device.
This angle is nice, the weight feeling of the mine roller and the reflection of the periscope.
Replacing the headlights with self-made parts of clear resin and embedding a net shaped light guard.
I do not know exactly what the real mine roller is, but I got a finished looking pretty heavy.
Camouflage paint seems to have many patterns of color boundaries clearly when looking at various real Type 90s.
But, according to the explanation of the Ground Self-Defense Force tank color set which I used this time. The boundary of camouflage color, there are various patterns such as the one with clear and small blurring and the one with big blurring. Since patterns seem to be various, I arranged it for myself while referring to Tamiya’s painting guide.
Green was field gray in Tamiya color. It seems almost same when compared with the Creos dark green color 3414 and Tamiya field gray.
There is an interesting thing of the assembly of the mine roller that cannot be tasted with ordinary tank models.
It is from behind.
The hatch moves. I attached the chain.
The marking is Hokkaido, the seventh Division 71st tank regiment 5th Company.
Since the arm of Mine Roller is an attachment type, you can act as an ordinary tank if land-mine removal is completed. This type played an active part in the M1 Abrams of the Gulf War.
Camouflage painting is hard work for me. Because I do not know the mold of this camouflage uniform, I put a little line with dark color. It’s one of the modeling fiction.
I wonder the painting needed only from the waist to the top, just put them on a tank anyway. As a modeler, when assembled as a part, I feel bad if I don’t paint from top to the toes.
There is a cherry mark on the pistol holster.
Oh? I forgot to treat the mark behind the hatch? Or is it one of the molds?
The face seems to be Japanese, and it is good mold.
The smoke discharger caps and antennas are additional work with metal wire.
Procurement cost is 900 million yen. It is pretty cool. It’s around 9 million dollars (1$=100JPY).
When it is completed, there is no place to display….. It occupied the whole one shelf row. It was good to build the proud of Japanese army 90 type tank. Now that there are 10 type tank in JGSDF, it is becoming obsolete a bit.