This time I’ll try to make an IJA medium tank “Chi-To”. It had 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 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 a 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.
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 matched the photo-etched parts, the muffler cover will not interfere with the painting. I think that the color tone will be adjusted later.
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.
I have just completed the Type 4 medium 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
There were 6 tank models ordered on Lucky Model on February 14, packing was in progress today. I ordered them by postage shipping sale, but when will it arrive? I wonder if it will arrive in April? I wish there were no problems. After all, for overseas shipping service, shipping from Lucky Model on March 9th, shipping from Hong Kong on March 26th, after arriving at Kawasaki JAPAN on April 6th the customs procedure, arrived home on April 7th.
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.