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JSDGF Type 10 Tank
Japan Self Defense Ground Forces Type 10 Tank - Display Model
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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SUMMARY
Highs: Typical Tamiya quality and ease of build. Pre-assembled resin tracks and sturdy metal running gear.
Lows: The price as much of the highs of this kit are due to future RC tank release.
Verdict: Overall this kit looks well produced and ready to build. Who doesn't want at least a few 1/16 scale tanks in their collection?
  Scale: 1:16
  Mfg. ID: 36209
  Suggested Retail: $400 USD (est)
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 07, 2015
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 82.61%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

Copyright 2017 text by Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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I'm a bit confused regarding the ammo boxes. Presumably the one shown here is the modern type - LINK Isn't this the type included in the model - LINK
JUL 25, 2015 - 05:38 AM
Hi Adam In the link, shots of the sprues - pic 80 - shows the M2HB Browning parts, which include a WWII M2 ammunition box, rather than the post war M2A1 ammunition box. This appears to be the same sprue as M26 Pershing & M4 Sherman kits. It may be that the MG on the Type 10 does not use an ammo box, just an ammo tray? That would be a bit strange, but not impossible. Mal
JUL 26, 2015 - 10:39 AM
Hi Mal, Right, I think I've got to the bottom of it. You are quite correct about the ammo box on pic 80, however, if you look at the 'D' sprue in the link, it does show just the tray itself. In the instructions, step 65, it shows the D parts to be used rather than the old ammo box. I guess you have the option to use either. Anyway, all of the photos of the Type 10 I can find on google only ever shows the tray in operation ,not the box. I've ordered mine anyway!!
JUL 26, 2015 - 11:59 PM
Hi Adam Thought this might be of interest - RC version build - not without some problems - LINK - Mal
JUL 27, 2015 - 12:55 PM
Mal, My version is the static model, so the rubber wheels and the tracks don't matter quite so much. Same goes for the suspension arms and the other strength issues. It's an interesting read, though. I didn't know Tamiya were cutting costs (and therefore corners).
JUL 28, 2015 - 09:39 AM
Hi Adam The cutting costs & corners appears to apply to this particular model - the RC version. Might be a stretch to say it applies to their whole range though. Mal
JUL 28, 2015 - 03:16 PM
My type 10 has arrived from Japan! The hull is made of aluminium, as is the gun barrel (which is stunning, by the way). Question - what would you fellas use as a metal primer? Could I use something like this - LINK
AUG 12, 2015 - 09:01 AM
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OCT 14, 2016 - 03:56 PM
Nice product as always Kenny! Jeff
OCT 15, 2016 - 05:49 AM
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