|Kit # MT72809||Preview by Rob Haelterman|
The NC-1 (later
called NC-27) was one of the last derivatives of the FT-17, but not
a very successful one.
Japan got ten and called it the Otsu-Gata Sensha. It was the only country ever to use the tank in anger, which happened in China in the early 1930s. They installed a new gun, improved the armor and installed an indiginous engine.
The kit mainly consists of a solid
resin hull, two track assemblies a turret and some smaller parts.
All are very crisply cast, without any warping. Preparation work will
mainly consist of removal of the casting carrots and filling in the
occasional air bubble, although these bubles are rare and mostly found
in harmless places.
Marking options are not provided, nor are decals, and as information about this tank is sparse (to say the least) you will have to use some artistic licence.
Parts are included to build the Otsu-Gata,
but these are limited to the gun. Modell Trans does not show how these
are to be used, so you the pictures on the net will have to resolve
that issue. My guess is that you can use these parts to represent
a vehicle with either a Japanese MG or a canon.
Also note that the Yugoslavian tank seems to have worn a completely different type of track and that sources claim that the Polish examples had thicker side armor, without any indication how this would have changed the appearance of the tank.
An article on OTW on how to convert the NC-27
yourself can be found here:
Sample kindly provided by Modell Trans.
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|Article Last Updated: 18 March 2012|