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Type 96 25mm single AA
TimReynaga
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 07:43 AM UTC
And now for something - at least for me - completely different! This is Pit Roadís all-metal 1/35 scale type 96 25mm single AA gun.

The type 96 was the standard medium anti-aircraft gun of the Imperial Japanese Navy throughout World War II. A mediocre weapon compared to its contemporaries in other navies, it was nevertheless a mainstay of IJN antiaircraft defense, being mounted aboard practically every ship in the fleet.


Iím no fan of metal kits because of the difficult clean up compared to plastic, but I couldnít pass up this unusual subject. Cleaning the mold marks off the parts was indeed tedious, but with only 17 parts total things go fast once assembly starts! This is how things are looking after just step 1 of the instructions.

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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 07:57 AM UTC
Very nice! You should add at least one sailor figure with it in the end for a better size comparison.

Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 08:08 AM UTC
That is different Tim,

I like it, will be along for the ride.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 12:39 PM UTC

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That is different Tim,

I like it, will be along for the ride.

Cheers

Si



DITTO!
TimReynaga
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 05:20 AM UTC

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Very nice! You should add at least one sailor figure with it in the end for a better size comparison.

Cheers



I agree, but the kit came without figures and I haven't had any luck finding Imperial Navy sailor figures in 1/35... any suggestions?

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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 06:12 AM UTC

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Very nice! You should add at least one sailor figure with it in the end for a better size comparison.

Cheers



I agree, but the kit came without figures and I haven't had any luck finding Imperial Navy sailor figures in 1/35... any suggestions?




Hi Tim - How about modifying one from one of the various Japanese Infantry sets ?
I'll be watching this with interest !
Cheers - Richard
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 04:22 PM UTC

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Hi Tim - How about modifying one from one of the various Japanese Infantry sets ?
I'll be watching this with interest !
Cheers - Richard



That is a possibility, although my skills customizing figures may need improvement before I could do IJN sailors justice... but in any case I'll figure out some way to make the display interesting!
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 02:58 AM UTC

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Very nice! You should add at least one sailor figure with it in the end for a better size comparison.

Cheers



I agree, but the kit came without figures and I haven't had any luck finding Imperial Navy sailor figures in 1/35... any suggestions?




There is a (not cheap) possibility: PIT ROAD offered a triple gun with three IJN figures - if you find this kit you can converse figures to fit this single one.
TimReynaga
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 07:33 AM UTC

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There is a (not cheap) possibility: PIT ROAD offered a triple gun with three IJN figures - if you find this kit you can converse figures to fit this single one.



I'd do it if I could find one!


The resin figures date back to the 1990s when Pit-Road released these metal 25mm kits. I bought the version of the single 25mm without the figures back then, and I now kick myself for not buying the sailors too. They are now rare as hen's teeth!

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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 09:53 AM UTC
along for the ride, Tim-very interesting!
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 01:09 AM UTC
After cleaning up and assembling the gun parts, the Japanese type 96 25mm single AA gun looks pretty good, except perhaps for the too-thick cast metal ring sight. I decided I could live with it.

These single barrel weapons were typically bolted permanently to the gun decks of Imperial Navy ships, but sometimes they were temporarily secured via small removeable platforms such as this one on the flight deck of the carrier Junyo:

These ad hoc AA defense platforms were fixed to decks with large wing nuts.




With a coat of Mr. Surfacer 1200 rattle-can Light Grey primer, the gun is complete and ready for paint!
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 02:13 AM UTC
Sweet!