It is a Japanese army infantry set of Tamiya. Ancient kit… The soul of the Japanese from the days of ancient times. The item number is 90. There is a stamp of 1976 on the runner parts. In the meantime, I just made a truck of the IJA so make figures and arrange them next to it. It is a very old kit so I wonder if I can make this well.
Both of these figures are connected to the neck and face and become one part. It is hard to change the head, there is not a good quality head of Asian people so I will try to cover it somehow by painting.
I painted undercoating with Creos khaki. I think that this khaki does not match the uniform of Japanese soldiers. However, if it blows instead of a surfacer because it is matte, it will be easy to paint with brush paint later.
Since the painting of the face is difficult, painting is roughly completed from the neck down. A soldier holding a rifle, this time I tried to make a rifle strap with a small piece of paper impregnated with instant adhesive. The hardness comes out on paper, making it easier to handle.
Well, Tamiya’s Japanese soldier figures have been completed. Probably it is a soldier on the Southern Front. Since it ranges from Burma to the Philippines, Indonesia, Guadalcanal Island, and so on, it is a soldier who is in the tropical zone anyway.
There are various color tones of summer shirts of IJA, it seems to be almost whitish beige or deck tan or buff. The military uniform of the Imperial Army is difficult. Regarding the color of this shirt, it was written in the Tamiya box that it will mix buff and green. Since the mixing ratio is not written, it is probably the favorite for each modeler. If I think about the uniform colors, the dark yellow of the German Afrika Korps and the field gray of the German army are all different shades.
The 38 type infantry rifle was used during the Greater East Asia War in the IJA and its caliber is 6.5 mm in diameter and 5 shots. In general, one soldier carried a total of 120 shots, two ammunition pouch with 30 entries in front and one ammo pouch of 60 shots behind.
Type 89 grenade discharger was useful as a supporting weapon in jungles and deep forests where cannons cannot be pulled. However, there was no sighting device, the shooter had to rely on intuition and the shooting precision was not very good. The current grenade launcher seems to be much better. Frequent accidents occurred when the ammunition exploded in the cylinder at the time of the shooting, and the reliability as a weapon was low.
I have heard a story that a US soldier who captured this weapon tried to fix it on the knee and shoot it and got seriously injured. Originally it is the right way to stand on the ground and tilt and shoot.
I did not fix it on the table, I pinched it with a clip and painted it. As you can see, painting after fixing it to the base one by one is less troubling. I felt the necessity of fixation every time I tried to draw small details.
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.