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Tamiya 1/35 Japanese Type 1 Ho-Ni SPG

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  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Tamiya 1/35 Japanese Type 1 Ho-Ni SPG
Posted by GreySnake on Sunday, June 13, 2021 8:42 AM
This Tamiya kit was built for the Japanese Group Build X. Not a kit I enjoyed working on and it shows in the finished model at least to me. The molds for the kit are pretty worn out and there were many fit issues and a lot of flash. Kit was painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with Ammo enamels.

The Tamiya instructions state the markings are unit during the Philippines campaign in 1944. However it seems the markings are for a Kyushu home defense anti-tank platoon in 1945. There aren’t many photos of the Type 1 so the camouflage is all guesswork.

 
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    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, June 13, 2021 6:07 PM

GreySnake
The molds for the kit are pretty worn out

Seeing it brings back memories of building this one when it was new.  As in like 1977 or 78.  (A frighteningly long time ago).

Good to see it still builds up into a decent kit.

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Posted by rcguy on Sunday, June 13, 2021 6:25 PM

Looks great to me.

Much better than I'm capable of doing.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 9:32 AM

Real nice job on the camo,I got a Dragon Type 95 stashed away to do sometime

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  • From: Cincinnati, OH
Posted by DanR1967 on Thursday, July 29, 2021 5:43 PM
I think it looks great!

Dan

https://danr67.imgur.com/

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, July 30, 2021 9:45 PM

Nicely done! That's a great old kit. Don't worry about the camo pattern, as my understanding is that IJA vehicles were camo painted at the whim of the painter using the standard colors. There were no official standard patterns.

Here is a photo of a Ho Ni captured in the Philippines. The markings look close, but hard to say for sure

 

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  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Monday, October 11, 2021 1:44 PM
It’s been a long time since my last post life has been very busy. 
 
Thank you CapnMach82, rcguy, Tojo and stik.
 
Stik, the photo you posted was the vehicle that I was trying to replicate when I first started the project. Till I realized the Tamiya instructions for the markings are wrong. The one in the photograph has a white circle marking with nothing in the middle and the Tamiya markings have another white circle in the middle with a blue square. From digging around online it’s supposed to belong to the Kyushu island home defense then.
 
The available information/photos for the Type 1 is very hard to find. If I recall only 124 were made and the majority stayed in Japan some were sent to Philippines were most them were sunk in route.  

 
  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, October 11, 2021 2:01 PM

Grey, if you enlarge the photo, there is some colored marking in the center of the white circle. And as you can read the Signal Corps caption that was taken in June '45 on Luzon. I don't think that Signal Corps would be that far off for location & date.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Monday, October 11, 2021 7:01 PM

Double post

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Monday, October 11, 2021 7:01 PM

Inner circle doesn't appear to be white, but there is a square in it.  Looks to be three different colors as well, just a wild guess here, but maybe the inner circle could be red, as that was the color for the hinomaru's.

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