Typ97-Shinhoto Chi-Ha Model Hobby 1:25

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  1. josve

    josve Active Member

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    Typ97-Shinhoto Chi-Ha Hobby Model 1:25

    A japanese tank this time!

    Publisher: Model-Hobby
    Designer: Marian Sobel
    Scale: 1:25
    Parts: 2710
    Format: 213 x 300 mm
    GMI: 5

    The kit.
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    The kit contains.
    3 pages of written instructions only in Polish.
    5 pages of 2d and 3d drawings
    3 pages with formers
    9 pages with parts.

    Instructions.
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    The instructions seems quite ok.
    There are good overview drawings,very nice and readable.
    The 3d and 2d drawings are also very good

    Parts.
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    The paperquality seems very good. The colors are crisp and clear.
    The 3d print of details are done very nicely.

    There are also colored backsides of some parts
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    Tracks
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    Only one option here....individual tracks!

    Wheels.
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    A lot of parts for the wheels :)
    Must be a good thing to start with the wheels here.....

    The cream on the cake.....the laserparts available.
    Frames, tracks and drivewheels
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    Summary.
    I will say that this kit is a must have for the collectors out there!
    The kit seems to be well designed. I have seen some builds of this one on other sites.
    It's a change from all the German panzer available.
    So go and grab this one guys!!
  2. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

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    Thanks for the summary and a peek at this beauty, Johnny!
    I'm one step ahead of you on this one as I already have it in my collection!
    You beat me on the laser parts though, I have yet to get those.

    This one truly is uncommon as far as coloring goes, the textures are fantastic and will make a gorgeous model!
    Thanks again, Johnny!

    Russell
  3. shoki2000

    shoki2000 Active Member

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    Here are some photos of the completed tank - I'm still salivating :grin:
  4. charliec

    charliec Active Member

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    Who designed the Chi-Ha model?

    I know that Marian Sobel is designing for Model-Hobby (it says so on their website) - is this one of his designs?

    Regards,

    Charlie
  5. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

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    Yes, it is Marian Sobel.

    Russell
  6. shoki2000

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  7. DrBill

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    I got a copy of the Chi-Ha today, along with the frame and track laser-cut sheets. You've got to be really serious (or thoroughly demented) to attempt this one. It is beautiful in every respect -- printing, colors, detail, etc., etc., and could give Halinski a serious run for the money apart from the fact that there is no interior. The laser-cut parts (esp. the tracks) are a must if you can't stand tedium; but even then, the large number of parts will test you. (About 4 major parts per tread. and about 180 treads to build. Drive and road wheels are not included in the laser sheets, so you do have a gazillion rings to do, complete with interior cutouts. It also has the smallest parts I have ever seen on a paper model. Altogether a real beauty, but it will be a challenge no matter how accomplished a modeler you are.

    BTW, I ordered the kit and laser-cut parts directly from Hobby-Model. They have some of the most generous shipping policy I've seen. The Model and two sets of laser-cut parts (frames and treads) ran about $38 US, and the shipping by air was another $8. Not bad given the exorbitant rates I've run into elsewhere.
  8. shoki2000

    shoki2000 Active Member

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    Bill,
    That should be Model-Hobby, not Hobby-Model.
    They should really come up with more original name so it does not look and sound like somebody else's :roll:
  9. DrBill

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    I stand corrected. Premature dementia, I'm sure. :roll: Nevertheless, it's still a work of art. I'll have a long argument with myself about when to start building it.... Probably after I retire in a few months.
  10. Fishcarver

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    Looks like a decent model of a rare subject. I look forward to a build thread on this one!!

    Jim