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Type 10 detail set. 1:35 ET Models for Tamiya

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JGSDF Type 10 MBT for Tamiya

1:35 Detail Set, ET Models

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This new set from ET Models is for the rather nice Tamiya JGSDF Type 10 MBT. The set comes packaged in their standard poly sleeve with card header, with the larger of the five sheets of relief etched brass taped to individual black card, and with the smaller sheets held within smaller zip lock bags. The instructions, on the distinctive green paper are very clear and concise and should be held up as a example of how to do it to other manufacturers. As is usual with these types of add-ons the kit needs to be modified to accept the brass replacements. This means the removal of all the handles, hooks, etc, and is best done before the build proper is started.

Once the relevant plastic parts have been removed, the instructions start with the modification of the 50cal machine gun. This includes a completely new cartridge case support, case, including a length of belt to be fed into the gun, new gun handles, fore and rear sights, cocking lever, perforated barrel cover and details for the spent cartridge basket. This is followed by the construction of two new storage boxes and lifting eye assembly which are then fitted to the top of the rear intake grilles. Both the commanders and gunners hatches receive new inner plates, locking handles and chains. There are many grab handles, brackets and clamps, all of which are made up of multiple parts building up to very realistic assemblies that need to be carefully placed into position all over the vehicle. The instructions then concentrate on the various tools carried on the vehicle. Each receives one or more new brackets or clamps. One neat bit of additional detail is a new mic boom for the figure included in the kit, which looks like it could be fun bending into shape.

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The engine deck grille mounting points are then folded and fitted into position as are the lower skirt panels fitted on either side plus those fore and aft. The mesh grilles, each sized for their individual positions are then fitted. The set also includes the mesh inserts for both the side and rear turret baskets and really do look the business. The catches for the rear basket door are also included. The wire included in the set can now be painted up and fitted to the brackets on the rear intake grilles.

Conclusion

This is another excellent and comprehensive set from ET Models. Tamiya has produced a very nice kit of the Type 10 and this set will really enhance the finished model and could even help make it a competition winner. If you only want to add a lower level of detailo then the engine and basket mesh can be bought as a separate set. The level of detail that ET have included in this set will require the modeller to have at least a magnifier or optivisor type set up and a very steady hand, not to mention quite a bit of patience. Highly recommend.

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