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#712 IJA Type 89 I-Go Otsu Medium Tank

Building the IBG Models 1:72 representation of the IJA Type 89 I-Go Otsu Medium Tank. No electronics in this one.



The Type 89 I-Gō medium tank (八九式中戦車 イ号) was a medium tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army from 1932 to 1942 in combat operations of the Second Sino-Japanese War, at Khalkhin Gol against the Soviet Union, and in the Second World War.

The Type 89B model was the world’s first mass-produced diesel engine tank. With a short-barrel 57 mm cannon, it proved effective in early campaigns but lacked the armor or armament of 1940s generation Allied armor; it was regarded as obsolete by the time of the 1939 battles of Khalkhin Gol, against the Soviet Union.


Paint Scheme

I’ve used kit scheme 1: IJN Land Forces unit 1941

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
A n/a IJA Grass Green XF-13, 70.894 (H60, 70.891) n/a
B n/a IJN Earth Brown XF-64, 70.984 (H47) n/a
C n/a IJA Dry Grass XF-60, 70.879  
D camo IJA Khaki XF-49, 70.921 H81
E tracks Gunmetal X-10, 70.863 H18
F exhaust Rust XF-9, 70.940 H7

Build Log

build01a build01b build01c build01d build01e build02a build02b build02c

A simple base to show it off, with another figure from an Airfix WWII Japanese Infantry set.

build03a build03b build03c build03d build03e build03f

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