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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 01:24 AM GMT+7
Coming next month from Fine Molds is the first variant of the Type 89 medium tank.
The Type 89 was a medium tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army from 1932 to 1942. There were two main variants: Model Ko / Kou (A) and Model Otsu (B) the primary difference between the two being the engine, as the former was fueled by gasoline, while the latter being diesel-fed. More than 400 units are believed to have been produced in total.

Type 89 Ko (FM 56) will contain more than 200 parts in plastic and photo-etched materials. A decal sheet for three marking options will be included as well. When built, the model stands at 170mm in length, and 80mm in width.

The scheduled release date is mid-November.
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It has a little bit of steam punk appeal / Robin
OCT 19, 2017 - 01:35 AM
Now one no longer has to endure Girls und Panzer decal options for a kit of this. I know how anime just gives some people nightmares around here.
OCT 19, 2017 - 02:45 AM
Glad to see more IJA armor. Wonder where it served?
OCT 19, 2017 - 08:55 AM
Bill, Prior to WWII it was used extensively in China, and also saw action at Khalkhin Gol. Deemed obsolete at the start of WWII, it was still used in the Philippines, Malaya, and Burma campaigns. Cheers, Tat
OCT 19, 2017 - 09:13 AM
Actually this is NOT the first variant; the first had a rail running under the top track length, and the drivers position and hull M.G. positions were transposed.
OCT 19, 2017 - 10:52 AM
Looking forward to this release, some very interesting camo schemes available for this tank. Very different from the common scheme with the yellow stripes.
OCT 19, 2017 - 10:58 AM
Nice to see some more Japanese armor subjects being released. On my list for Santa this year.
OCT 20, 2017 - 01:15 AM
Just a few period pics : ? Xuzhou, China 1938 : Xuzhou, China 1938 : ? Bataan 1942 : Manila, May 1942 : H.P.
OCT 20, 2017 - 03:04 AM
Just to wander slightly OT here, but was there any particular reason why Japanese tanks tended to not have a coaxial machine gun, but instead mount one in the turret rear, such as on this or the Type 97? Seems like a pretty inefficient arrangement... Damon.
OCT 20, 2017 - 06:12 AM
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