Type 89 Kou, gasoline late (IBG Models 72040) + test-build
Today we publish a fresh review with test-build of a new model from IBG Models – Japan medium tank Type 89 Kou, gasoline late in 1/72 scale.
The Type 89 medium tank I-Go was a medium tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army from 1932 to 1942 in combat operations of the Second Sino-Japanese War, at Khalkhin Gol against the Soviet Union, and in the Second World War.
The tank was armed with a short-barrel 57 mm cannon for knocking out pillboxes and masonry fortifications, and proved effective in campaigns in Manchuria and China, as the Chinese National Revolutionary Army had only three tank battalions to oppose them, which consisted primarily of Vickers export models, German Panzer Is, and Italian CV33 tankettes. The Type 89 was a 1920s design medium tank, built to support the infantry, and thus lacked the armor or armament of 1940s generation Allied armor; and was regarded as obsolete by the time of the 1939 battles of Khalkhin Gol, against the Soviet Union. The code designation “I-Go” comes from the katakana letter [イ] for “first” and the kanji [号] for “number”. The designation is also transliterated Chi-Ro and sometimes “Yi-Go”..
Box made from cardboard, box-art is very nice. Box contains 9 grey plastic sprues with 160 details (two figures included), frame with 5 photoetched details (in this kit used only 3 details), decal sheet and painting/assembly guide. Details are high quality (rivets and lattices are excellent). Small minus – figures, i think, have low detalization.
Test-build was amazing and give to me a lot of positive emotions. One remark – tracks assembly is great, but i use tweezers to fix single tracks together.
Assembly guide is very informative and understandable.
At final we have very nice small model of japan tank. We recommend this model for all modellers, who collect WW2 military technic in 1/72 scale.