Sunday, 27 March 2011

Type 95 Kurogane Scout Car

As I have declared this to be 'Car Month', I thought it was probably time to finish off the three Kuroganes I have had part-done for a few weeks now.  This is an interesting little vehicle and it is difficult to find much information about it.  I did, however, stumble upon this site: http://www.jsae.or.jp/autotech/data_e/1-8e.html which claims that the four-wheel-drive Type 95 dates from 1936 - four years before the Jeep!
The version in the photos has three (really) seats and is a metal model.  Sadly I have no recollection of which company made them and I've never seen it again.
Much of the delay in finishing was caused by painting suitable officer figures to accompany the cars, as I see them being used as division or even army level command elements.  Despite only needing three officer figures I (predictably) ended up painting enough infantry for an entire division.  But more of that later. 
So here then are the three very different officers and their cars. 
Perhaps readers would like to name their favourite?  I'm going with Officer 2.
Officer 1 - in control and reflective
Officer 2 - in control and dynamic
Officer 3 - out of control and mental

12 comments:

Biff Tanner said...

Looks really good!

Tim Gow said...

Biff Tanner
Thanks - it's an odd little car, but evidently quite useful.

Ross Mac said...

I'll go with Car No 1. No 2 looks like he's talking to his car which leads to questions.

Nice cars and commanders!

Al said...

Yeah, nice little models, I too prefer the second option

Paul said...

Thats not a car Tim, thats a buggy! Interesting stuff as per usual.

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
Talking to his car? You say that as if it's odd behaviour...

Tim Gow said...

Al
Good choice. He's definitely the coolest dude in my Jap boxes.

Tim Gow said...

Paul
'Japanese Generals - the first buggy-driving surf dudes?' Discuss.

peter said...

I think car number 3 has a flat tire ;-)
Great painted cars and minis!
Great blog Tim ;-)
Greetings
Peter

Tim Gow said...

Peter
Welcome - I think the flat tyre may explain Officer 3's mood!

west1871 said...

Cracking little motors,I will have to go for the second officer as well mate.

Cheers Rich.

Tim Gow said...

west1871
Thanks Rich - another vote for the cool Officer 2. Even if he does talk to his car.