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Japanese Type 60 Armored personnel carrier

  • Kit Manufacturer: Japan Hobby Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Major Material: Plastic
  • Scale: 1/30
  • Rarity: Extremely Rare
Model Specifications:

This is one of the rarest motorized military model kit produced in the 1960s by Japan Hobby Industry Co., Ltd. This kit is powered by one TKK Mabuchi No. 25 motor but can be mechanically programmed to achieve four different kinds of movement thanks to a sophisticated cam and gear mechanism. The movements including straight forward and backward motion, constantly changing directions as advanced, zigzag motions with dwells, and u-turns. There are at least seven military vehicle model kits have been developed in this multi-action series. The three advertised on the box of this kit are Japanese 61 type medium tank, US M41 tank, and the USSR Stalin-3 type heavy tank. The other three known models are Japanese tank Type 97, US tank M24, and Japanese Type 60 self-propelled 106 mm recoilless gun. The tank models have one additional action as their turret swings left and right while in motion, they can also fire spring loaded airsoft pellets. In spite of the $1.50 price mark scrawled on the box, I bought this kit from eBay for $310.00 USD in 2013.

Historical Notes:

The Japanese Type 60 was the first armored personnel carrier to enter service with the JGSDF after the World War II. It was developed in the late 1950s and production commenced in 1960. It is estimated that 755 APCs of this type were built before production ceased in 1972. This armored personnel carrier is sometimes referred as the SU-60. This APC is no longer used by the JGSDF.

The Type 60 APC has unusual design. Vehicle is armed with 7.62-mm machine gun, mounted in front of the hull and 12.7-mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof.  Relatively thin armor of the Type 60 provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

Vehicle has a crew of four, including commander, driver and two machine gunners. Troops enter and leave vehicle through the rear doors. It is powered by Mitsubishi 8 HA 21 WT turbocharged diesel engine, developing 230 hp. The Type 60 armored personnel carrier is not amphibious. - by Military Today


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