This is the Japanese Type 5 Chi-ri which was supposed to be their Sherman killing medium tank if the Allies had ever invaded. I see it described as the Japanese Tiger or Panther here and there so thats why I used that title (at the risk of being annoying). There are some pictures of the hulls and turret as found by the Allies. I think there is some evidence of the hull still being in existence as late as 1952 but after that it was scrapped.
Staring point was 2mm sheet mild steel. As I cannot make tracks and have no idea what they were supposed to look like on the Chi-ri, I will use metal 1:16 tracks from a KV and the sprocket. They are about the correct width.
I started this a couple of years ago and for one reason or another it ended up in a box twice and I only finished it recently.
This is the upper hull plate with the engine vent holes cut out and some hatches.
Here is the lower hull tub and side walls.
The front of the tank is super narrow so I fashioned two gearboxes from the gears from other gearbixes but mounted in a way that they fit in the hull.
Here they are in teh tank and with the front glacis plate on just to check that they fit. These gearboxes are a sad story as I spent a lot of time and energy on them and when I drove this tank for the first time a week ago, the tank was so heavy it chewed right through them as they are made of cheap mystery metal. So I am going to swap over to a chain drive system as soon as I get some sprockets.