Thursday, September 22, 2022

1/72 Precise Model ? Type 3 Chi-Nu & Type 1 Ho-Ni Japanese Tanks (by Kerem Özkır)


Hello dear friends,

Our topic today is about the WW'2 era Japanese tanks that Kerem bought from the Chinese market over the internet.

These were kits of unknown manufacturer and after some research we found the following information.

Kerem repainted these tanks and completed the models. I will even share a nice vignette on the subject later on.


Information for kit history

The information below is from the "Multiverse blog". (http://72-multiverse../precise-japanese-tanks.)

A mysterious set of 1/72 scale Japanese tanks attributed to "Precise" have been sporadically available from various sources for the last couple of years, but there does not seem to be much information about the models or the company that had them made.

The only information that I have been able to find out was that the tanks are from a pre-production test run, and were never released. Because of this, there is no retail packaging, and the tanks are sold in cellophane bags.

Although the models were discovered in a warehouse in Hong Kong, I believe that they were made for a Japanese company. I was told that there should be 8 tanks in the complete set, which seems to fall into the typical paradigm that Japanese companies use to sell gashapon toys. I'm guessing that the tank I'm missing would be the "secret" model that is typical of these collectible trading toys.

The models come with the two halves of the hull fitted together, but not glued. The machineguns, headlamps, pioneer tools, and other small bits come pre-painted on sprues, and need to be attached separately. The soft vinyl tracks also need to be installed separately.

I have not taken any measurements yet, but they definitely look 1/72 as opposed to 1/76. Stay tuned for size comparisons when I get these built up.

Kerem has two types of these tanks.

Type 3 Chi-Nu Medium Tanks with 75mm gün



Type 1 Ho-Ni Tank Destroyer

a view from the bench, from left to right Airfix Chi-Ha , Ho-Ni, Chi-Nu

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