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Friday, July 28, 2017 - 10:50 AM GMT+7
Dragon has previously released superb 1/35 scale plastic kits of Japanese armored and amphibious vehicles from WWII, but the time has finally come to unveil what was the most important tank type! It is the Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tank as used by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA).
The Type 97 was Japan’s most widely produced medium tank of WWII. Boasting a 57mm main gun and two Type 97 machine guns, this tank was intended to serve as an up-scaled version of the Type 95 for infantry support.

A total of 2,123 tanks were produced from 1938-43, most of which had the low-velocity 57mm gun. The Chi-Ha was used in combat in Manchuria and China, as well as in fighting against the Allies.

The new 1/35 scale model specifically depicts an Early-Production variant of the Type 97 medium tank, possibly the most well-known Japanese tank of WWII.

The kit was thoroughly researched by a Japanese design team, based on investigations and measurements of several surviving tanks. This level of research ensures that it will be undeniably the most accurate and precise Chi-Ha available on the market.

The engine deck layout, toolbox, shovel, rear-plate brackets and distinctive flaps on the engine deck are all correctly depicted for an early-production tank. The kit resorts widely to slide moulds so that fewer parts are needed. Naturally, this leads to a perfect balance of easy assembly and accuracy.

This Japanese tank kit allows modellers of 1/35 scale AFVs to field a tank widely used by the Japanese throughout the Asia-Pacific theatre.
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The Tamiya kit is just fine but I've built Dragons Ka-Mi and two of their Type 95' and they are very good except for the stupid DS tracks. I'll buy this new Type 97, welcome announcement.
JUL 28, 2017 - 01:07 PM
Did I miss something or did I not see a turned metal barrel?? I hope there is one. I'll go straight to AM metal tracks as well.
JUL 28, 2017 - 03:41 PM
Very happy about this announcement!
JUL 29, 2017 - 12:30 AM
I understand their Type 4 Ke-Nu is quite nice as well correct? They now have: TYPE 2 KA-MI Amphibious TYPE 4 KE-NU Light TYPE 95 HA-GO Light TYPE 97 CHI-HA Medium all in 1/35? Have I missed any?
JUL 29, 2017 - 04:36 AM
The Type 97s by Fine Molds are exellent kits btw, but the availability of the various versions can sometimes be limited.
JUL 29, 2017 - 07:09 AM
Didn't I read somewhere that they were releasing kits with interiors?
JUL 29, 2017 - 09:35 AM
Looks like a good kit ! I have no problem with the DS tracks !
JUL 30, 2017 - 01:41 AM
Didn't I read somewhere that they were releasing kits with interiors? [/quote] Correct, they are releasing the various older kits updated with some new sprues which include an interchangable interior which have parts for both the early and late Chi-Ha`s + the self-propelled guns. In addition they also include link and length tracks with sag.
AUG 05, 2017 - 12:44 AM
1/35 scale Type-89 I-Go Kou coming from Fine Molds in november, undoubtably same kit as issued as part of the Girls & Panzer series, but with JA decals and possibly some new parts.
SEP 04, 2017 - 08:17 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.

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