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Help needed - Japanese Type97 Chi-ha interior
KrokoHunter
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Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 07:16 AM UTC
Hey guys

I want to build the japanese Type97 Chi-Ha for a campaign... This is what I have:




I want to build a diorama inspired by this picture:




(picture is from: "ArmorCollection 1998 5 - Medium tank Chi-Ha"

My problem is, that a couple of the hatches are opened, but as with most Tamiya kits, the interior in the kit is ... well .. non-existing.. so I want to scratch the visible parts of the interior ... but after looking through 4-5 books about japanese armour, and googling like a maniac .. I haven't found a single picture of the Chi-Ha interior ..




Can anybody help me?

Thanks in advance!
vonHengest
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Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 07:35 AM UTC
I have the same project going on soon, but without the conversion set.

There are a series of books from AJ Press covering Japanese Armour from WWII. I haven't looked at them yet, but give Andy Spencer a call from Historica Hobbies and he'll be happy to let you know what exactly is in these books.

There is also Steven Zaloga's book, but I haven't been too happy with the New Vanguard publications as a whole. However this book could be a nice surprise..
Frenchy
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Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 09:04 AM UTC
Only a few :













HTH

Frenchy
jarvis
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Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 09:38 AM UTC
Here are few links that may help. Taki is very helpful and an expert on IJA equipment. Here is his home page:
http://www3.plala.or.jp/takihome/

He also is the moderator on the Japanese message board over at missing-lynx.com http://www.network54.com/Forum/449919/ he always answers questions, but be paitente it can take him a while to answer but he almost always does and with very useful info. also search the site as well as I know interior photo requests are common. Good luck with your build I am looking forward to it. Also there seems to be some disagreement over interior color some say white while others say that it was silver. hope this was helpful. Travis
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Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 09:52 AM UTC
The HA-GO at Bovington is white inside or should that be was as it looksas if it has never been touched. There is a referance feature on Armorama that I sent in of it.
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Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 10:23 AM UTC
http://panzerfaust.ca/ArmourWorkshop/gallery/album.php?album_id=83
KrokoHunter
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Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 07:49 AM UTC
WOW .. thanks guys ... your help is much appreciated..

now I can finally get started on this little project