25 Apr 2020

12mm Type 97 Chi Ha from Butlers Printed Models

One Japanese Type 97 Chi Ha tank. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The Type 97 Chi-Ha was a medium tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battles of Khalkhin Gol against the Soviet Union, and the Second World War. It was the most widely produced Japanese medium tank of World War II.

The 57 mm main gun, designed for infantry support, was a carry over from the Type 89 I-Go medium tank. The suspension was derived from the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank, but used six road wheels instead of four. The 170 hp Mitsubishi air cooled diesel engine was a capable tank engine in 1938.

The Type 97's low silhouette and semicircular radio antenna on the turret distinguished the tank from its contemporaries. After 1941, the tank was less effective than most Allied tank designs. In 1942, a new version of the Chi-Ha was produced with a larger three-man turret, and a high-velocity Type 1 47 mm tank gun. It was designated the Type 97-Kai or Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha.

3 different variants are available:

Type 97 Chi Ha - Original version with 57mm gun
Type 97 Shinhoto Chi Ha - Improved version with 47mm gun
Type 97 Shinhoto Chi Ha 120mm - Improved version with short barrelled 120mm naval gun

 Type 97 Chi Ha

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Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

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