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IBG: Type 89 Medium Tank Kou
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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 08:20 PM UTC

Matthew Lenton makes a bit of a meal of IBG’s Type 89 Japanese Medium Tank Kou.

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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 11:25 PM UTC

Thanks for building this kit. It looks like it can be built into a sweet little tank. I love IBG's subjects but the the ones I want are 1/72, not my scale. The IBG Toldi I built was an amazing kit but now I think that, like this Type 89, it is over-engineered for the scale. I can't get motivated to assemble the running gear of this kit in 1/72. Thank you for doing it for us.
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 08:58 PM UTC

Superb review and build of this crude little armoured beast. I must agree with Frederick that perhaps these IBG kits are a tad over engineered and thereby making them somewhat intimidating to more modest skilled builders. Granted that its not an over simplification as some manufacturers seem to be tending towards or a proverbial "Quick Build" with minimal or soft detail. My thanks for providing us with this very concise review and build. Oh, can't say that I'm not tempted to get and build this minuscule monster.

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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 06:50 PM UTC
Thanks for the comments Fred and Jan. IBG's kits are certainly not quick build kits, but I haven't had any real problems with those I have finished before. In this particular case I don't think it is so much over-engineered as I think there is just something wrong with the track - sprocket - road wheel interfaces in terms of design and / or execution.

After writing this I noticed that Russ Amott did a built review of another IBG Type 89, and he reported problems fitting the track to the sprocket to the extent that he cut the sprocket teeth off on one side, and it is visible in the photos on that review that the track links are a bit "mashed and crooked" (his words). It's also noticeable that the road wheels don't quite sit evenly and fully on the track. The gallery on IBG's website has a finished example, and, again, the road wheels aren't quite on the track at some points, and the tracks look decidedly wobbly around the sprocket and idler, where they stand away from the wheel rim, so there's a gap visible (as on the 3D CAD drawing in the instructions). Note too that the top run of the track doesn't sit on the return rollers, but kind of arches over them.

Maybe I'm getting too fussy, but you're not going to win any competitions with that...

Anyway, don't let this put anyone off IBG kits generally, I'm building another one at the moment, and it is going OK, if also not the simplest.