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IBG: Type 89 Hybrid Production
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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 07:58 AM UTC

Matthew Lenton feels much better this time around after building another of IBG’s Type 89 Japanese Medium Tanks. This time it’s the Hybrid Production version and figures.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 12:32 PM UTC

Thank you for brings this kit to us in such detail. I am interested in your descriptions that some of the parts remind you of 1960s Airfix. I hope that IBG will take note that most reviews I read of their 1/72 remarks that they over-engineer some components. I love their subjects but the complexity has kept me from enjoying the fidelity of some of their detail.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 09:03 PM UTC
Fred, thank you for commenting. I should say that only some aspects are like that, while overall the fit of major components, the quality of moulding, and the level of detail is far superior to what we were used to with those ancient kits. But here and there in this kit for example are exceptions, such as the box on the tail, which should be a straightforward fit, but somehow isn't, and the tracks I already went into in some detail.

I don't fully understand how CAD modelling translates into actual moulding, but it sometimes seems as if parts that must fit together correctly in the 3D CAD model don't necessarily work so well in reality, perhaps because tolerances are not quite set correctly?

Whatever, they are mostly very enjoyable kits, detailed and with great subjects, and not expensive, but there is sometimes extra work required to deal with some of the parts due to the way they are designed. I did like that they made the effort to include figures with these - try finding Japanese tank crew from another source, it's not easy.