17 Jan 2020

12mm Type 4 Ke-Nu from Butlers Printed Models

One Japanese Type 4 Ke-Nu light tank. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The Type 4 Ke-Nu was a light tank of the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II. It was a conversion of existing Type 95 Ha-Go light tanks, re-fitted with the larger turret of the Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tank.

The Type 4 Ke-Nu was a variant of the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank. The original Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tank was armed with a low muzzle velocity 57 mm tank gun. Operational experience against the Soviet Red Army at Nomonhan during the Soviet–Japanese border conflicts in 1939 revealed that this gun was inadequate against opposing armour, and a new higher velocity 47 mm tank gun was developed. This was installed in the Type 97 Chi-Ha with a larger turret to produce the Type 97-kai Shinhoto version. This left a large number of surplus Type 97 Chi-Ha turrets, which were later retrofitted onto the hulls of the obsolete Type 95 Ha-Go light tank. The result was designated the Type 4 Ke-Nu. The retrofitting did decrease the problem of cramped turret place for the crew, which had been encountered in an earlier attempt to up-gun Type 95 tanks with a 57 mm tank gun in a modified turret of a prototype known as the Type 3 Ke-Ri light tank. As for the Type 4 Ke-Nu, approximately 100 units were converted in 1944.

Type 4 Ke-Nu

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Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

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  1. Looking at the angles between the turret and the hull, cramped is probably an understatement. Did the turret have a basket? It's hard to believe that there would be space for one.

    Regards, Chris.


    1. Hiya Chris these questions would be better placed with Peter who owns Butlers Printed Models https://www.10mm-wargaming.com/2017/10/butlers-printed-models.html