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1/48 Type 94 tankette

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 13, 2014 8:45 AM

That's just fantastic!!! And the original in 1/72nd- I don't think I'd have the manual dexterity to build this in 1/48th like you did, I can't even imagine in 1/72nd!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


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    September 2014
Posted by rockpaperscissor on Sunday, October 12, 2014 6:12 PM

Thank you, Rich and RX7850. The model has fewer parts than many paper armor kits, so in that way it was less demanding than most. I wouldn't call it a beginners model however, so if you're not familar with paper as a modelling medium I wouldn't recommend it. Also, the model as offered on the website is a white model - no coloring, just black lines outlining blank white parts. To me, the hardest bit was the scale. In the case of this little tankette, 1/72 is way too small for my aged eyes, so I enlarged it to 1/48 at printing. Over at the paper modelers forum there is a mini model specialist who goes by the handle "Texman". He did a beautiful job on the same kit in 1/87 scale. Link is here:  Don, if you link to the model page in my first post, you'll see a grey column on the left side with white boxes and Japanese characters. Click on the verbage next to the third box and you'll get the model. It's a one page model with numbered instructional diagrams in the top half, and the model parts in the bottom half.

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    December 2012
Posted by RX7850 on Sunday, October 12, 2014 2:35 PM

That's so cool. How hard was it to do ?

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    July 2014
Posted by Richkat on Sunday, October 12, 2014 2:08 PM

Very fine build Sir.....Rich


  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, October 12, 2014 11:16 AM

For those of us who cannot read the language, how do you find the type 94 tank file?  I guess you must have fixed the link to your pictures- they show up fine now.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    September 2014
Posted by rockpaperscissor on Saturday, October 11, 2014 3:35 PM

Darnit, the photos didn't show up. The links work though, so you'll be taken directly to my public Photobucket account.

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    September 2014
1/48 Type 94 tankette
Posted by rockpaperscissor on Saturday, October 11, 2014 3:32 PM

This little tankette is a free download which can be found here  along with a couple of other tanks (a T-26 and a T-60). It was originally a 1/72 scale white model. I couldn't see myself building this thing in 1/72, so after recoloring it in Photoshop, I enlarged it at printing to 1/48. It's still very tiny, measuring only 1.5" by 2.5".

The model is "painted" in the livery of an Imperial Japanese Navy vehicle from Shanghai, 1937, and is based in an illustration I found online.

Enjoy the pics!


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