IJN Type 2 Amphibious Tank (Ka-Mi) w/ Floating Pontoon
Unassembled plastic model kit with photo-etch parts.
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This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.
- Exquisite Type 2 w/floating pontoons newly produced
- Exhaust pipe w/photo-etched cover realistically produced
- Intricate hydroscope molded on turret
- Delicate conning tower included
- Rail on front pontoon included
- Hatch on upper hull can be assembled open/closed
- Inhection-molded float attachments w/crisp details
- True-to-scale ultra-thin propellers
- One-piece upper hull made from 3-directional slide mold
- Ventilation grill produced in maximum detail
- 3-directional slide-molded one-piece lower hull
- Intricate idler wheels and return rollers accurately produced
- Sprocket wheels w/breathtaking detail
- Suspension system offers easy assembly
- One-piece DS track reproduced
Dragon has already produced a stunning 1/72 scale kit of the Japanese Type 2 "Ka-Mi" amphibious tank. The "Ka Mi" was the first amphibious tank used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). It was designed for Japanese landing forces performing amphibious invasions of Pacific islands not possessing regular port facilities. Production of the Type 2 commenced in 1942 and a total of 184 amphibious tanks were made. When used in water, large pontoons were attached to the glacis plate and rear deck to give it a top speed of 10km/h in water. These pontoons could be shed as soon as the vehicle reached land.
Based on the Type 2 "Ka-Mi" released, brand new parts consists of the special set of floating pontoons (early production), conning tower and hydroscope on turret. Slide molds are widely employed, with upper hull and lower hull components both made as single pieces, for example. The kit is closely based on measurements taken from a surviving Type 2 tank on Palau to ensure this kit is accurately dimensioned. The "Ka-Mi" also includes DS tracks for easy assembly of the complicated track links. The previous Type 2 kit was a huge success, and this version with the amphibious kit offers so much more by allowing modelers to depict it in a scenario where the tank is seen wading ashore. All in all, this is a swimmingly good kit!