Once I start using WordPress blog, it’s easier to manage than the previous home page. The previous page I forced the contents into the table and transfer is a little troublesome. My TYPE97 light armored car was built from March to April of 2007.
I suddenly came to want a small tank model, and bought it for a model shop on my way to return home. It is the first time to make the tank of a Fine Mold, and also the first time to make the Japanese Imperial Army tank. No, no, when I was a junior high school student, I made one of the Japanese Imperial Army tanks, but at that time I did not paint the model.
There are considerably a lot of parts, though it is a tiny tank. It seems to be some internal parts and it is the smallest connected caterpillar I have ever seen. The Imperial Army figure is attached, and atmosphere is quite good, it’s alike Japanese people.
I reproduced the inside of this tank. The engine was painted black and lightly drybrushed in brown. The inside is painted in white and drybrushed in khaki and brown because it’s not pure white in the car in the actual combat situation. It is a wireless radio that you can see in the interior. An old wireless radio in Japan had a wooden panel so I painted it in brown and black. It’s slightly visible so simple work I did.
I planed to make the upper right hatch open, buried the typing out pin mark on the other side with the optical patty.
I made a mistake in the installation position of the jack stand, and it interfered with the horn. So I have no choice but installed the jack reverse to avoid interference position. Instruction manual recommends to do detail improvement to attach rivets. Rivet parts were attached the runner of caterpillar and I attached about 20 rivets. Because I found the space in the joint of parts, I buried it with the patty.
The assembling instruction recommends me to paint at this stage and I followed this advice. It is a step before adds yellow lines. All painting steps were all brushed this time because there are many hatches open, and it was a small vehicle.
I noticed later that I had thought one of the color mixed blue with the mahogany, but mistook to mix blue with buff and after all the colors became bright green. I have never painted Japanese tanks so I couldn’t notice an odd feeling at all.
The assembly of the caterpillar was detailed micro parts and I had a hard work. Especially, the right side is slacked too much. Anyway, I wrote a yellow line peculiar to the Imperial Army and assembly and basic painting was almost completed.
This Japanese Imperial Army tank is very small and it’s only 10cm total length. However, this light tank had a worldwide top class performance in this class at that time. It is to ride double because of the small size.
The inside was painted in white this time, though whether the back of the hatch in the engine room and the gear room was white or not. The antenna in the brass line was 0.5mm though in the assembly description were 0.7mm. I felt 0.7mm was too It is too thick. I considerably refrained from the weathering this time.
The mesh of a nest of the muffler cover was able to be made pleasantly with the photo photo-etched parts of the kit attachment. Actually the jack is opposite side front and back though I wrote it in the making report. Was the jack made of wood? Did the Imperial Army lack resources too much?
I used the transparent epoxy glue for tail lamp. The assembly of a right caterpillar was not fit well and unnatural.
Marking is the third company, second search regiment at the Burma front in December, 1944. “White tiger” It is a quite good-looking marking. The decals stuck without trouble, and I wore them over the matte coat, glossy shine removed well.
The engine parts were painted in the gunmetal and dry-brushed in the red-brown. Yellow lines camouflage is peculiar for Japanese Imperial Army Tanks.
You can see well the inside of the turret, but under part is hard to look into inside.
I use the transparent epoxy glue to front headlights and succeeded to get feeling of glass. The turret doesn’t turn to the front in this assembly at the end because I remained open all the hatches. Making the inside of the tank, I understood the crew’s feelings at that hard time a little.
Tiny joint caterpillar parts make this model real, but too small for assembling smart. It was so difficult mission…
I felt an artisan spirit’s strength of this vehicle by this manufacturer named Finemolds after finish up this model. The instruction manual has plenty of explanation about TYPE 97 TE-KE story, including battle history, machine performance and development. This model made me leave nice impression, though it was a tiny tank model.