Type 1 Ho-Ki + photo-etched parts

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The Type 1 Armored Personnel Carrier Ho-Ki was a tracked armored personnel carrier developed by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II.

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  • Type: armoured personnel carrier
  • Historical period: World War II, 1941
  • Country: Japan
  • Scale: 1:25
  • Number of sheets: 14 sheets A4

The set includes photo-etched parts.

Historical information

The Type 1 Ho-Ki was developed in 1942 as a result of a request from the Army for a heavy armored artillery tractor which could also serve as a personnel transport.

Production of both tracked and half-track APCs began in 1941, and both versions were confusingly designated "Type 1". The fully tracked Type 1 Ho-Ki was built by Hino Motors, but only in small quantities. Although the Japanese army had employed mechanized infantry formations in China from the mid-1930s, the general view of field commanders was that armored transports were too slow compared with normal trucks, and were unable to keep up with the speed necessary for contemporary infantry tactics.

By the time the Type 1 Ho-Ki actually entered mass production in 1944, raw materials were in very short supply, and much of Japan's industrial infrastructure had been destroyed by American bombing.

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