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http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10515707



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It does seem to be genuine, a spinoff of a mystifying Japanese anime thing called Girls und Panzer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girls_und_Panzer

Very Japanese.

 



-- Edited by James H on Tuesday 27th of March 2018 06:24:39 PM

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James, yes it is sold under the Girls und Panzer banner. I guess it keeps the cost down for the historical hobbyists when the Japanese producers can add a few cartoon characters and make it a bigger seller in Japan.

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There is also an FT listed in the same series further down the page
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I ordered one of these, which arrived yesterday.

In the (brightly coloured) box I got the 'Platz' "Girls Und Panzers" Mk.IV kit with the radio mast included, but thankfully not any girls! 

It's moulded in an odd salmon pink plastic, but otherwise a standard Takom Mk.IV kit.  The 'radio mast' parts are brass rod, etched brass and some fine thread. 

I'm happy to be corrected, but I'm not sure that there were 'Mk.IV' radio tanks, I think they were old Mk.Is retrofitted with the radio gear.  However, if we ignore that the kit, built as per instructions, retains the 6pdr guns in the sponsons, I'm fairly sure that 'radio tanks' had the guns removed because the sponsons were full of the radio gear. 

Still it's decent start to an unusual version as the radio mast parts are nicely done in brass, and you still have a Mk.IV left after you fit the radio mast to a Mk.I kit.

The box and box-art might mean some buyers would prefer it to arrive in a 'plain wrapper'.

To see the tank 'in context' there is a short clip here,

jh

PS Before you ask, I think the soundtrack to the video was not from the original film.



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Bizarre.



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I should have pointed out the only markings you get are from the anime series, colourful but best given to a friend who makes sci-fi models.

jh



-- Edited by jch_in_uk on Wednesday 25th of April 2018 12:21:21 PM

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Yes, there were Mark IV radio tanks.

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Gwyn Evans wrote:

Yes, there were Mark IV radio tanks.

Gwyn


 Thank you.

Subsequent research suggests that the Mk.IV radio tanks had a separate mast, which was erected next to the tank, rather than the aerial mast mounted on top of the tank, like the kit.  Pictures seem rare of either sort of tank.

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We hsd a discussion about this a while back, with a pic of the separate mast. I'll have a search.

Here we are. Have a read.

 

https://landships.activeboard.com/t47852438/wireless-tanks/



-- Edited by James H on Thursday 26th of April 2018 11:45:33 AM

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James H wrote:

We hsd a discussion about this a while back, with a pic of the separate mast. I'll have a search.

Here we are. Have a read.

 

https://landships.activeboard.com/t47852438/wireless-tanks/



-- Edited by James H on Thursday 26th of April 2018 11:45:33 AM


 Many thanks

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