JGSDF Type10 Main Battle Tank
|Kit #: 722306||
Edited by Al Magnus
At the recently held Capcon event in Ottawa, Canada, I was fortunate enough to be the successful bidder at the event's silent auction for one of Fujimi's brand new 1/72 JGSDF Type 10 MBT kits, graciously donated to the event by Hobby Link Japan. I had been eagerly anticipating the release of this model ever since hearing rumours of its release on the Braille Scale discussion board on the Missing Lynx website.
At the time of release, the Type 10 was only just being introduced into service so the kit represents the "prototype" configuration.
Upon my initial perusal, the surface detail looked a bit spartan (i.e. lots of clean facets devoid of any detail) but in comparison to photos of the actual vehicle, this appears to be appropriate (though I remain suspicious about the engine deck). Fujimi has continued on with the "not so fine tradition" of many manufacturers in this scale in moulding the pioneer tools integrally with the upper hull. It baffles me that they would take the effort to give us 132 separate track pads, but not make the minimal effort to provide a separate shovel, axe and sledge hammer (?????). The moulded on shovel is abominable by the way. The suspension arms seem quite simplified to me as well, though I suppose they will be barely visible behind the wheels and skirts.
On the plus side, there is some very nice contour moulding of appropriate parts such as the canvas cover on the gun barrel, and the rubber dust skirts. I also like the separate part for the various targeting/sight housings as this provides more flexibility for the modeller who wishes to scratch-build their own optics.
I'm somewhat confused by the placement of the headlights on the model. They are biased towards the centerline which is reflective of the pictures that I've seen of the vehicle with a dozer blade fitted, however Fujimi do not include the blade assembly in the kit. Photos of the vehicles without the blade fitted have the headlights placed further outboard. This may be reflective of the "prototype", but I'm just not sure at this point.
There are a wealth of units markings included on the nicely printed decal sheet, but the instructions only provide placement info for two examples. Unfortunately, the description of the specific units are in Japanese so I can't really tell you which units they represent. Painting instructions are provided with reference to Gunze Aqueous and Mr. Colour lines, though only a Mr. Colour reference is provided for the green (those using Aqueous will have to wing it here). The suggested mix for the tan/brown colour looks correct though I think that it'll have to be lightened up a fair amount for scale effect.
This is the first bit of modern armour that I've seen from Fujimi, and overall I like what I've seen here. Though overall I wouldn't quite put them at the standard that Pit-Road set with their marvellous JGSDF vehicle line (i.e. Types 61/74/90 re-boxed by Trumpeter), in a couple of areas however, like the tracks, Fujimi has definitely bested them. Hopefully we'll see more modern subjects (with separate pioneer tools….nudge, nudge, hint, hint) from the Fujimi stables in the near future.
Thanks to Hobby Link Japan, IPMS Ottawa, and my wallet, all of whom played a part in landing the review sample on my workbench.