Typ97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha 1:25 Model-Hobby

Typ97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha 1:25 ModelHobby

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The kit

Publisher Model-Hobby To say something about this kit is very easy.This is so far the best kit I have built. The graphics are really good.All parts fit 100%, and no errors detected.This model is just pure joy to build.There are laserframes,wheels and tracks available. This kit will suit the beginners as well as the more skilled builders with many ways to enhance the model..I had so much fun building this tank and my regards goes to the designer of the kit!!

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Designer N/A
Scale 1:25
Size N/A
Parts N/A
Format 210 x 297
GMI 3-medium

Pages of written instructions in Polish 1
Pages with parts 10
Pages with drawings 4

Pictures of some of the parts and instructions

Photos of the finished model

History and information
The Type 97 Chi-Ha was the most widely produced Japanese medium tank of World War II. It was used before, during and after World War II in the Pacific War, including the China and the Kuril Islands. With thin armour, a relatively small main gun and an underpowered engine, it was less effective than most Allied designs. Postwar, a few were used by the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Its low silhouette, aerial spread around the vehicle top, asymmetric turret, complicated body front, and seesaw-type suspension system combined to give the tank a unique appearance that distinguished it from other Japanese tanks of that time. The Type 97 was a development of the Type 95 light Tank and reflects the process of modernization of Japanese tank warfare prior to World War II.

The Type 97 Medium Tank was superior to Type 89 Medium Tank in a number of ways. However, it retained the same short-barreled 57 mm gun as that of Type 89. The designer Tomio Hara was not satisfied with it and thought that the new tank should be armed with a high-velocity cannon, designed specifically for tank on tank combat. The Army did not agree as they were satisfied with the existing gun. Their focus was the war in China where there were no tank against tank actions. The shortcomings of the 57 mm weapon became clear at the Nomonhan Incident, where Soviet tanks' 45 mm gun outranged the Japanese tank gun and the Japanese suffered heavy losses as a result. This convinced the Army that a new weapon was needed, and in 1939 began development of a new weapon. Development of the new 47 mm tank gun was completed in 1941. Although it was a smaller caliber weapon, it used a longer barrel and its armour penetration was superior to that of the 57 mm gun.


Weight 15800kg
Length 5.50m
Width 2.24 meters
Height 2.38 meters
Crew 4
Armor 33mm
Primary armament 57 mm Type 97 gun
Secondary armament Two 7.7 mm Type 97 machine gun
Engine V-12 21.7 l diesel Mitsubishi Type 97 170 hp (130 kW)
Power/weight N/A
Suspension bell-crank
Operational range 210 km
Speed 38 km/h

Photos by Igor Kurtukov and Mark Pellegrini