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DML 1/72 Imperial Japanese Navy Type 2 (Ka-Mi) Amphibious Tank Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review March 2012 Manufacturer DML
Subject Imperial Japanese Navy Type 2 (Ka-Mi) Amphibious Tank Scale 1/72
Kit Number 7435 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Great subject, nice details Cons No pontoons included
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $21.95

First Look

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As early as 1928, the Japanese Army had been developing and testing amphibious tanks. In 1940, the Navy took over development of amphibious vehicles and two years later came up with the Type 2 Ka-Mi. The Type 2 was designed for the amphibious invasion of Pacific Islands without adequate port facilities, and for special operations missions. Only 184 units were built, beginning in 1942, due to the number of complex components and the fact that it had to be built nearly completely by hand.

The Type 2 was based on the Army's Type 95 Ha-Go, but with an all welded hull with rubber seals in place of the riveted armor. Large, hollow pontoons made from steel plates were attached to the front and rear and could be jettisoned from inside once the tank landed and commenced ground operations.

Dragons Type 2 consists of 48 very well molded and highly detailed plastic parts. Also included are DS tracks and a photo etch exhaust shield. Decals are provided for two vehicles. Instructions are well laid out. Test fitting of major components show that fit is near perfect.

Nice to see Dragon producing some Japanese armor kits! Detail and molding in this kit are superb. No problems should be encountered.

My sincere thanks to DML for this review sample!