Type 95 Kurogane Vehicle

Working on a small diorama for a upcoming show. Tamiya type 95 Kurogane with a Gaso-Line Japanese figure. Gaso-Line has a great line of figures and suggest that you check them out. This build was simple and easy, but a extremely great way to spend a weekend. I really like this subject and the Gaso-Line figure is perfect for this little diorama.

As you can see from the pictures above I have completed the the build and painted the basic coat on the kit. The kit was super easy to build, I really don’t expect anything more from Tamiya 1/48 kits. I spent a total of three hours building this kit and did add a few small details. The inside of the doors on the kit are completely blank so I added some detail. I also added the pedals for the drivers compartment. Overall this was a fun build. Below I have added some images and information on the vehicle.

The Type 95 accommodated 3 persons – two in the front and one in the back. The two-cylinder, V-twin, four-stroke, air-cooled gasoline engine, which developed 33 PS (24 kW; 33 hp) @ 3,300rpm, was an advantage in cold climates found in China, and had 4-wheel drive, using a gearshift activated transfer case to engage the front wheels. It was manufactured without weapons and unarmored. It had advantages over the Type 97 motorcycle used by the Japanese Army, which had much less off-road mobility, and so limited troop mobility. It had tall, narrow wheels which helped it to travel over rough terrain, mud and snow.

The Type 95 was first conceived in 1934, by the Japanese Imperial Army as a small rough terrain vehicle to do reconnaissance, deliver messages to the field, and transport personnel. The military asked Toyota Industries Corporation Motor Vehicles Division to collaborate with Kurogane to design and manufacture the new vehicle. Toyota MVD was building the Toyota G1, and Okamoto Bicycle and Automobile Manufacturing, which was absorbed into Daihatsu. The prototype was the result, using a Japanese-built internal combustion engine. Mass-production began in 1936. At the time, military operations in Mainland China and Southeast Asia, a mass-produced military vehicle equipped with Japan’s first four-wheel drive mechanism, increased mobility in the area’s rough terrain. This car was first used in the Nomonhan Incident, and later during the Pacific War and Greater East Asia War for its primary purpose, as well to carry mainland Army and Navy officer flagship passengers as a 4-door version. The front grille had the Imperial Japanese Army’s five-pointed star which signified sakura, or cherry blossom, which has special cultural significance. 4,775 copies of the car were built with some minor changes, such as mechanical and body adjustments. Production ended in 1944.