Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Precise Japanese Tanks

A mysterious set of 1/72 scale Japanese tanks attributed to "Precise" have been sporadically available from various sources for the last couple of years, but there does not seem to be much information about the models or the company that had them made.

The only information that I have been able to find out was that the tanks are from a pre-production test run, and were never released. Because of this, there is no retail packaging, and the tanks are sold in cellophane bags.


Although the models were discovered in a warehouse in Hong Kong, I believe that they were made for a Japanese company. I was told that there should be 8 tanks in the complete set, which seems to fall into the typical paradigm that Japanese companies use to sell gashapon toys. I'm guessing that the tank I'm missing would be the "secret" model that is typical of these collectible trading toys.

The 7 tanks that I have are the following:

Type 97 Chi-Ha Medium Tanks

Type 97 Chi-Ha with 120mm naval gun

Type 1 Ho-Ni Tank Destroyer

Type 3 Chi-Nu Medium Tanks with 75mm gun

Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tank

The models come with the two halves of the hull fitted together, but not glued. The machineguns, headlamps, pioneer tools, and other small bits come pre-painted on sprues, and need to be attached separately. The soft vinyl tracks also need to be installed separately.

I have not taken any measurements yet, but they definitely look 1/72 as opposed to 1/76. Stay tuned for size comparisons when I get these built up.


4 comments:

Jiaqi Lim said...

Those Jap tanks look pretty neat! Good stuff man!

EY said...

Hi Jiaqi
Yes, the tanks are pretty decent for gashapon toys. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I read somewhere (in Japanese) that these were comissioned by CafeReo (Japanese Shokugan company) and sold at special festival, but I cannot guarantee of that claim...

EY said...

Anon,

You probably saw the same info addressed in my follow-up to this post.