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Japanese Tank Type 95 "Multi-turret" Heavy Tank, No.1

Kit #: 10 Preview by Henk Timmerman - contact(dot)henkofholland(at)gmail(dot)com
Edited by Al Magnus

Historical background:
The Type 95 Heavy Tank was a Japanese multi-turreted vehicle built between World War I and World War II. It was heavily influenced by contemporary German and Italian tank designs and featured 3 turrets. The main turret mounted a 70mm cannon plus a single 6.5mm MG. One of the secondary turrets sported a 37mm gun, while the other had a 6.5mm machine gun. Only a single prototype was produced in 1934.

Weight - 26 tons
Armour - varied from 12mm to 35mm
Cannon - 70mm & 37mm
Machine Guns - 2x6.5mm
Max. speed - 22km/h
Crew - 4


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 only 16 parts 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 are molded directly on the fenders.
  • 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: 11 December 2012