Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go light tank
Time for something that clanks. This 'lil beastie was the only enemy tank to tread on U.S. soil in WW2, a couple being present on frozen Kiska Island in the Aleutians. Dragon's new 1/35 Ha-go is a beauty, easy to build, low parts count. Only fly in ointment is Dragon's "DS" rubber band tracks, which were too long. I fixed them up by glueing wire to the top runs and bending for sag. The good thing about these is they take styrene or cyano glue. Not like the old ones that were impervious to all solvents. Ah, progress. Base paint is lightened Humbrol Khaki, the remaining colors were brush-painted with Vallejo's wonderful acrylics. Weathering was with my dwindling stock of Tamiya weathering sticks. Markings represent one of the bunch that ran over Malaya and Singapore in '41-'42.
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