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Japanese Type 95 HA-GO Light Tank

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Information from the board accompanying this vehicle at Bovington

In terms of tank design Japan was not as progressive as most other belligerents in the Second World War, for example the type 95 was produced in 1935 and remained on front line service throughout the war. The tanks were produced by Mitsubishi heavy industries who are believed to have built over 1000 of this model.

The most advanced feature was undoubtedly the air cooled Mitsubishi diesel although the suspension was simple and rugged. However the method of construction, using bolts and rivets was very dated by 1942. the interior of the tanks was cramped and uncomfortable, especially for anyone trying to operate the rear turret machine gun. It is interesting to note that the main gun could move independently of the turret.

The markings indicate a tank of the 14th Sensha Rentai (Tank Regiment) in the 3rd Sensha Sidan (Tank Division) around 1941. this type 95 was captured in Malaya and was examined in Calcutta before being sent to Britain. Surviving Japanese tanks from the Second World War are extremely rare.

Data
  • Three man crew.
  • Top speed 30mph
  • Weight 9 tons
  • One 37mm main gun
  • Two MGs
  • In service 1935 - 1945
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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...