IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY MEDIUM TANK TYPE97 CHI-HA FINEMOLDS 1/35

It is the middle tank of the Japanese Imperial Army. I blended Tamiya enamel and finished it. It is built in September 2014.

Box package of Imperial Japanese Army Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

I’ll make the Imperial Japanese Army tank after a long absence. It is one of the main tanks which the Japanese army used in the Pacific War.

making of chassis, Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

Because it’s the notched tooth, it took time a little for sanding the parting lines. I filed all the lines including road wheels.

belt tracks of Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

This belt-type caterpillar is tight as it is. I make slack a little as the following.

belt caterpillar attaching to chassis, Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

This belt caterpillar can be attached by the plastic adhesion bond, I make the tread slacks with tissues and fix the contact part with the upper instruction wheels with adhesive.

photo-etched of the exhaust pipe cover, Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

The photo-etched of the exhaust pipe cover has good looking. I need to be careful not to be clogging the small mesh when I paint the body.

Lightly slacking of belt caterpillar, Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

There seem to be bad effects to the caterpillar tread when I use too much adhesive. Lightly slacking is enough.

completed the assembly of Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

I completed the assembly. It’s very small turret. One main cannon and 2 machine-guns front and rear total.

building of Imperial Japanese Army Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

I wonder the figure crew is attached or not. So the turret hatch is remaining open.

Imperial Japanese Army Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

The circular thing around the turret is a radio antenna. German tanks equipped radio equipment quickly and keep superiority of tactical operation. Like these, it’s one of the Japanese tanks epoch-making point.
(15-September-2014)

yellow color camouflage of IJA tank

For vivid yellow color, I blew this first and masking.

scratch build Japanese tank commander

Though it was not a good quality thing to show other people, I did full scratch figure with a light feeling because there was not a Japanese Imperial tank crew at hand. The nightmare of several years ago revived. When I made German Steyr 1500, I challenged to make many scratch figures, but gave up full-scratch without getting along well. At that time, I could not make head and hand, which are too difficult for me.
It is a too thin chest and other many failure points this time, but anyway it’s good experience of making head and hand (holding hand is easier) first time for me. The figure making is really hard work but interesting.

camouflage paint by brush hand writing, Japanese tank

This tank’s camouflage pattern’s are sharp so I painted by brush. Mr. color releases special color for the Japanese Imperial tank set but I don’t like lacquer paint by handwriting, I like enamel painting.
Green is mixed with Dark Green and Khaki, Brown is mixed with Hull red and Desert Yellow, Earth color is mixed with Flat Earth and Khaki and Flat Brown. I suppose these colors are pretty close to the original.
(22-September-2014)

Imperial Japanese Army Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35 build and painting to finish

I made this Japanese military tank after a long blank. I painted with Tamiya enamel paint, it’s difficult to mix colors for Japanese original tank colors.

Star mark under the headlight, Type 97 Chi-Ha

Star mark under the headlight, clear headlight parts and the Japanese flags are good appeal points. Looking very nice.

Type 97 Chi-Ha

The Japanese tank looks a small gun turret when I look at from this angle. The body looks big by the comparison with the gun turret, but is the almost same as 5.56m of the Germany III tank, this tank length is 5.55m. The caterpillar I made slack forcibly became a slightly strange shape.

clear parts of tail light which are Orange, Type 97 Chi-Ha

This kit has clear parts of tail light which are Orange, green and red lined light, and one red light.

weathering paint for a camouflaged tank, Type 97 Chi-Ha

I had hard weathering paint for a camouflaged tank this time. The dirt of the red earth on the side, front and rear chassis, the top surface was dusted whitish color.

scratch build figure of Japanese tank crew and Chi-Ha

Ummm, it became dark side of my history… I made a full scratch figure from clay, but failed. But I performed it until the painting completed. It is the second lieutenant of the Japanese tank crew. It is the first full scratch, but hard to finish up with sharp detail.

marking of this tank is the 9th tank regiment 5th company in Saipan Is. 1944, Chi-Ha

The marking of this tank is the 9th tank regiment 5th company in Saipan Is. 1944.

The yellow line effects to lose the outline of the vehicle and visibility seems to fall from the enemy's searching.

The yellow line effects to lose the outline of the vehicle and visibility seems to fall from the enemy’s searching. I think some of my photo’s tank outline blurs and effective camouflage.

Chi-Ha with heavy weathering effect

The tank was used in the south island where the rain squall fell every day was considerably severe. The tanks had been covered rust and dirt immediately.

Small mesh of muffler, Type 97 Chi-Ha

Small mesh of muffler cover had been buried partly, but I think it’s a good atmosphere generally.

copper metallic headband antenna, Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35

A three-color light on the left side of the hatch is peculiar and is interesting. The copper metallic headband antenna is good accent, too.

Medium Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Finemold 1/35, build and painting to finish

Small and cozy impression of Type 97 CHI-HA tank. The caterpillar tread is good enough with the belt, but show a desire, one option is separated track link caterpillar which would be improved completeness. Anyway, I enjoyed it thoroughly and learned many things.
(27-September-2014)

 

 

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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