Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The 'Sumo' tank

Time to expose yet another shady international arms deal now!  A mystery package arrived at Megablitz Towers recently from shady international arms dealer Don M.  Those who read (and can there be any who don't?) Don's blog posts will no doubt recall one of his eBay acquisitions which included a number of mystery tanks.  After some research Don revealed these to be examples of the rare Japanese Type 4 Chi-To Medium Tank .  In a surprise move he promptly sent me all four of them!  We'll gloss over the fact that in reality only two were ever built....
Clearly Don had followed the development of my 20mm Japanese armoured forces* and felt, not unreasonably, that the tanks were all a bit small.  The addition of the new medium (but by Japanese standards heavy) tanks will surely redress the balance.
Out of curiosity I dug out both versions of the Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tank to compare sizes with the Chi-To.  It is (again by WW2 Japanese standards) a big bugger.  The photos show a Chi-To posing with Arifix (left) and Fujimi Chi-Ha models.  I perched the Sumo tank on a piece of foamcore board similar to the bases of the completed models.
It remains only for me paint the new arrivals.  And to try and justify owning four of them....


* see earlier posts: More Jap Tanks, Type 97, Shinhoto Type 97

14 comments:

The Dancing Cake Tin said...

Given that they're for Megablitz the fact that only two were ever built is irrelevant in The Grand Scheme Of Things.

Signed
HIH Hirohito.

Martin Rapier said...

Blimey, that does look like a big tank in relation to the others. The Japanese T26?

Shame the Japanese tanks were all 1/100th and the Allies were using 1/72nd scale.

Don M said...


Tim,

I'm sure they'll find an appropriate place in the
MTOs of the Gowverse!

Hell I have 16 of the buggers,
but that's the beauty of
Science Fiction gaming

reality is always relative...
and before you ask, yes they
have spots!



Don

Continuing to troll the murky
arms market...hehehe

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

A truly secret (and one I knew nothing about) weapon

Al said...

Very cool, most unusual. Don clearly knows his stuff too :)

Paul said...

A great score, nice one Don.

Tim Gow said...

Dancing Cake Tin
Or a whole lot worse? In MB terms I now have four battalions of 'em!
My regards to Gen. Tojo.....

Tim Gow said...

Martin Rapier
Most of my Megablitz US AFVs are Roco (1/87 scale), so they might have a problem!

Tim Gow said...

Don M
I love hearing about your toy collection - it makes me look rather restrained!

Tim Gow said...

Geordie
Given that only two were built I think not knowing about them is quite forgiveable!

Tim Gow said...

Al
It's different, it's whacky, it will upset some 'proper' gamers. What's not to like?

Tim Gow said...

Paul
My (far from numerous) US forces are frightened to emerge from their box files now!

Stephen Beat said...

It's an interesting tank design, but I suppose once you realize what was ranged against the Japanese by this time (not least by the Soviet Union) it was too little too late to say the least. Nice coup though Tim, I am still a complete novice when it comes to sourcing bargains. :)

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
That sounds like a request for an Invasion of Japan game.....