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Japanese IJA Amphibian Tank type 1937 and M31 Staff Car

Kit #: unknown Preview by Henk Timmerman - contact(dot)henkofholland(at)gmail(dot)com
Edited by Al Magnus

Historical background:
I have no information on either the tank or staff car that are the subjects of this set from Fairy Planning. A picture of what appears to be the same staff car can be found here (bottom of the page) on the axis history.com site.


The kit comes in a carton box measuring 21.5cm x 8.5cm x 3cm. Parts are separate packed in separate plastic bags and contains 12 parts for the tank as well as 12 parts for the staff car, all cast in light blue resin.

  • A 4-side drawing is all that is included as an instruction manual.
  • There is no painting guide.
  • There are no decals.
  • The few tools on the tank are molded directly on the body.
  • The hull is cast in one part and is hollow.
  • The hull is without a bottom and requires the builder to make one.
  • The topside and sidewalls are without air bubbles but have some flash.
  • The tracks are cast in 2 parts and are very simplified.
  • All of the parts have flash that will need to be carefully removed.
  • Hatches on the hull and turrets are separate pieces.

  • The casting is a little rough.

  • Conclusion:
    This model is best suited for collectors only, especially those with an interest in the "Japanese War Theatre". With so few parts, the model makes for a simple build out-of-the-box. To make the model more presentable will require a lot of work and some experience in modeling.

    Review sample received from an independent third party donor.

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    Article Last Updated: 15 December 2012