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Is Tamiya's Type 97 Chi-Ha The Early Or Late Version

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Is Tamiya's Type 97 Chi-Ha The Early Or Late Version
Posted by IWOJIMAJOHN on Sunday, May 13, 2018 2:15 AM

So I Had A Question On The 1970's Tamiyas 1/35 Type 97 Chi-Ha Kit.Is It The Early Version Or Late Version Tank.And WHats The Differnce Between The Early And Late Version.

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Sunday, May 13, 2018 8:17 AM

They do both early and late versions

35075 is the early and 35137 is the late.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:35 AM

Different turrets with different main guns. Late having a larger turret with larger main gun than the early.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 13, 2018 2:02 PM

Yeah, to elaborate on what the guys already said you have the early version with a lower velocity 57mm gun and the later Shinhoto with a new turret and a higher velocity 47mm. There were a few other improvements thoughout the history of the tank including bolted-on armour plate to the front giving a slight improvement to the biggest problem of the tank- it's weak protection. The Type 1 that entered service near the end of the war was largely just a moderately improved version of the Type 97.





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