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#709 IJA Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tank

Building the IBG Models 1:72 representation of the IJA Type 95 Ha-Gō ハ号 Light Tank. No electronics in this one.



The Type 95 Ha-Gō (九五式軽戦車 ハ号) was a light tank used by the Empire of Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War, at Nomonhan against the Soviet Union, and in the Second World War. It was the most numerous Japanese tank at the time, with about 2,300 produced.

It was effective against infantry but not in combat with other tanks.


It was covered very well (especially its limitations!) in Micro Machines Podcast Episode 21:


The Kit

Type 95 Ha-Go Tank IBG Models No. 72088 1:72

Paint Scheme

I’ve based the scheme on the 7th Tank Regiment as used in Luzon, Philllipines Feb 1942/

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
A camo IJA Khaki XF-49, 70.921 H81 (lighter tines + H27)
B camo IJN Earth Brown XF-64, 70.984 H47
C camo IJA Grass Green XF-13, 70.242 H60
D camo Yellow XF-3, 71.002 H4+H31
E tracks Gunmetal X-10, 71.072 H18
F exhaust Rust XF-64, 71.080 Humbrol 53 + AK Light Rust wash
G tools Wood XF-78, 71.077  
H tires Black XF-1, 71.057  
J n/a Grey XF-75, 71.046 n/a
K n/a IJA Dry Grass XF-60, 70.879 n/a

Build Log

build01a build01b build01c build01d

build02a build02b build02c build02d build02e build03a

This is the IBG 1:72 kit, amazing little bit of engineering. I couldn’t resist mocking up a little jungle trail vignette base to take a few solo pics..

build04a build04b build04c build04d build04e build04f

Credits and References

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  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
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