1/72 IJA Type 97 "Chi-Ha" Late Production, 14th Independent Tank Company, Jeju-do 1945
- Highly popular and collectible item
- True to 1/72 scale
- Fully accurate mold
- Fully assembled
- Includes display case
The Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tank that Dragon Armor previously released was a very popular item. An extra version of this 1/72 scale tank is being added to the collection’s Japanese tank fleet in the form of a Late-Production variant. The Type 97 was Japan’s most widely produced medium tank of WWII. Boasting a short-barreled 57mm main gun and two Type 97 machine guns, this tank was intended to serve as an up-scaled version of the Type 95 for infantry support. Armor protection was modest on this vehicle. A total of 2,123 tanks were produced from 1938-43, although 930 of these were of the improved version featuring a higher-velocity 47mm gun. The tank could move at a speed of 38km/h.
The Chi-Ha was used in combat in Manchuria and China, as well as fighting against the Allies. The new Dragon Armor model portrays a vehicle belonging to the 14th Independent Tank Company of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA). This unit was hastily formed right at the end of WWII in response to fears of an invasion from the north by the Soviet Red Army. The 1/72 scale model depicts a tank deployed on Jeju Island (part of present-day South Korea) south of the Korean peninsular. The Late-Production Chi-Ha sports a two-color camouflage scheme plus unique lightning bolt markings on the turret. Japanese tanks of WWII don’t gain the attention that German ones usually do, so this model allows collectors to get further acquainted with a very important Japanese tank design.