Fine Molds 1/35 Scale Imperial Japanese Army Main Battle Tank Type 97 Chi-Ha with Additional Armor

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The Type 97 Chi-Ha was developed in response to a demand from the Japanese Army High Command for a new medium tank. The arsenal of the army in Osaka and the Mitsubishi concern stood up to compete. Based on the experience of the Spanish Civil War and observations from the war in China, a decision was made to adopt a tank developed by Mitsubishi, the Type 97 Chi-Ha. The new tank had good off-road mobility, but also - as shown in the clashes with the T-26 and BT-5 vehicles over Chałchyn-Gol - completely outdated armament and too thin armor. As a result, a decision was made to modernize the car, which led to the Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha version, which was developed in 1940. It featured a new 47mm Type 1 cannon, an enlarged hull and an improved engine cooling system. Type 97 tanks fought in China (1937-1945), against the Red Army in 1938-1939 and during the Pacific War of 1941-1945, especially intensively in the first - offensive phase of this conflict - in 1941-1942, especially in the Philippines and Malaya . Tanks Captured by Chinese troops during the Japanese-Chinese War, the Type 97 Chi-Ha also fought in the Chinese Civil War 1945-1949.

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