It is the middle tank of the Japanese Imperial Army. I blended Tamiya enamel and finished it. It is built in September 2014.
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.
Though it was not a good quality thing to show other people, I did a 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 a good experience of making head and hand (holding hand is easier) first time for me. The figure making is really hard work but interesting.
This tank’s camouflage patterns 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 paint.
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.
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.
Ummm, it became a 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.
A 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.
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.