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.

Box package of Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

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.

All parts of Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

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.

Armored car inside of Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

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.

Assembly of Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

I planed to make the upper right hatch open, buried the typing out pin mark on the other side with the optical patty.

Assembly and paint inside of Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

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.

Three color camouflage pattern of Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

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.

Imperial Japanese Army Three color camouflage and yellow lines pattern of Type 97 TE-KE

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.

Completed of Type 97 TE-KE

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.

Completed of Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

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.

Left side of Completed Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

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?

Rear view of Completed Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

I used the transparent epoxy glue for tail lamp. The assembly of a right caterpillar was not fit well and unnatural.

Third company, second search regiment at the Burma front in December, 1944 Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

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.

Engine parts were painted in the gunmetal Type 97 TE-KE

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.

Inside the turret of Type 97 TE-KE

You can see well the inside of the turret, but under part is hard to look into inside.

Transmission of Type 97 TE-KE

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 Type 97 TE-KE

Tiny joint caterpillar parts make this model real,  but too small for assembling smart. It was so difficult mission…

Right side of Completed Type 97 TE-KE Finemolds 1/35

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.


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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