SHQ Chi-Ha

Thanks to the venerable Airfix kit the Type 97 “Chi-Ha” medium tank is probably the most famous Japanese tank ever. I have three, all of which are from SHQ. And very crisp castings they are too, with there being very little flash to remove, or mould lines to file away. The radio antennae however was a delicate affair and a real pain to assemble, so much so that I accidentally broke a leg off each set.

Although Japanese tank camouflage is often described as consisting of dark brown and dark green painted over a base of “Japanese artillery brown”, I’ve opted for a pattern that replaces the base colour with a light green, as per the cover illustration of the Osprey New Vanguard volume, which depicts the 9th Tank Regiment’s 5th Company in action on Saipan.

As you can see, I have a very eccentric preference (definitely one that makes many aghast) for unrealistically clean vehicles; a cleanliness more suited to the parade ground than the thick jungles of Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Hopefully I’ll have pictures of the other two some time next week.

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