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IJA Type 95 'Ha-Go' Light Tank (North China Version)

DML 1/72 IJA Type 95 'Ha-Go' Light Tank (North China Version) Kit First Look

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review January 2012 Manufacturer DML
Subject IJA Type 95 'Ha-Go' Light Tank (North China Version) Scale 1/72
Kit Number 7402 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Nicely detailed Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $16.95

First Look

DML Dragon is based in Hong Kong, China.

The kit comes in a shrink-wrapped tray and lid type box that has round pieces of scotch tape holding the box shut.

The box art shows a Type 95 on a grassy plain and passing a knocked-out Soviet BT-5 tank. A crewman looks out of the turret hatch of the Type 95. It is in a wave pattern of yellow, red-brown and wood-brown with a IJA green main gun barrel. It is a tank with the Koushupei Tank School, North China 1941. This is one of the 2 schemes offered in the kit.

Black and white illustrations adorn both side panels and show features of the kit. I think some of the superlative words in the captions under these illustrations is a bit MUCH. They say:

  • Newly tooled IJA Type 95 delicately produced
  • Upper hull with rivet detail
  • Intricate air-intake grill included
  • Realistic 37mm Type 94 L36.7 tank gun & Type 91 91.6mm machine guns included
  • Cupola can be assembled open or closed
  • On-vehicle tools sharply molded
  • Detailed stowage box included
  • Rear-hull details accurately produced
  • Hollow exhaust pipes with PE covers
  • Slide-molded lower hull is highly detailed
  • Sprocket wheels with breathtaking detail
  • Intricate idler wheels accurately produced
  • Suspension system newly tooled
Type 95 Kit
Type 95 Kit
Type 95 Kit

Next to the last black and white illustration is a CAUTION in 6 languages, including English. It says “When you use glue or paint, do not use near an open flame and use a well ventilated room.”The kit is designed for modelers over 14 years of age and is not suitable for children 3 and under due to small parts choking hazard."

The kit has a copyright date of 2011 and is made in China.

DML Dragon’s Hong Kong street address is given along with their web site address.

The inside of the box is very blousy and has voids. It contains one gray tree of parts in a sealed cello bag and the top and bottom of the hull that are each in their own individual cello bags. A card that is printed with a skid pattern on it has a sealed cello with rubber-band type vinyl tracks in it is taped to this card. Also in other cellos taped to the card is a brass PE fret and the decal sheet.

The length of the hull parts is only 2 ¼” long. Absolutely tiny in this scale!!

The one gray parts tree holds all the rest of the tanks parts. No crew figures are provided. This tree is very spread-out with large voids between arms of it. If it had been more compressed and that card had been left out, all the parts could have easily fit into a box half the size of what this one is.

The instruction sheet completes the kits contents. It consists of a single sheet, printed in full color on slick coated paper. It is folded in the center to create 4 pages in 5 ¾” x 9 ¾” format.

Page 1 begins with a full color repeat of the box art followed by the parts illustrations.

Page 2 begins with CAUTIONS in 6 languages, including English, followed by international assembly symbol explanations and a color listing for Hobby Color, Mr. Color and Model Master brands of paints suggested to use to complete the kit. Below these is the first 2 assembly step drawings.

Page 3 gives a balance of a total of 5 assembly steps.

The instructions say to either cut or stretch the vinyl tracks to get them to the right length to fit the model.

Page 4 give two 3-view illustrations of painting and marking schemes.

One is the box art subject. Additionally, a black license plate with white star and serial no. 307 followed by a small triangle are on the left side of the rear hull. A white Japanese character appears on the left side of the turret and a different character is on the rear of the turret, also in white. (these characters are not shown on the box art painting).

The second tank is in the same colors wave-pattern as the box art subject. It is a tank assigned to the 4th Tank Regiment, 2nd Company Command tank, Khalkhin-Gol, July 1939. The black license plate on the left side of the rear hull has only a white star on it.

Below these illustrations is a copyright date of 2011 and DML’s street address in Austria. This is followed by decal application instructions in 6 languages, including English.

This kit is nicely detailed. Recommended.

My sincere thanks to Dragon Models USA for this review sample!