JGSDF Type10 Main Battle Tank

Kit #: 722306 Preview by Wayne Bowman - w(dot)y(dot)bowman(at)sympatico(dot)ca
Edited by Al Magnus

At the recently held Capcon event in Ottawa, Canada, I was fortunate enough to be the successful bidder at the event's silent auction for one of Fujimi's brand new 1/72 JGSDF Type 10 MBT kits, graciously donated to the event by Hobby Link Japan. I had been eagerly anticipating the release of this model ever since hearing rumours of its release on the Braille Scale discussion board on the Missing Lynx website.

At the time of release, the Type 10 was only just being introduced into service so the kit represents the "prototype" configuration.

The 216 parts are presented on 7 sprues plus the separate lower hull, all moulded in a dark green plastic. This can be a disadvantage for those who don't use a base primer coat, as the lighter camouflage colour will have to be applied a bit heavier to achieve full hide. A medium grey plastic is clearly advantageous for this approach to finishing.

The mystery holes

The moulding is very crisp, with only a slight bit of flash noted on the drive sprocket halves. The mould alignment is very good, leaving only the slightest of mould seams to clean up. The delicate tow cable for the aft hull is an extraordinary piece of moulding. There are however four "mystery" holes that are just barely flashed over on the exterior surface in the forward area of upper hull, part #3. I'm at a loss as to what these are, as they don't appear to be ejector pin marks. They almost look like provisioning holes, but there's nothing mounted externally at these locations. I would STRONGLY recommend back-filling these with cyanoacrylate or other suitable filler prior to closing this up area, just in case sanding is required in these areas down the line. There are also a few other areas such as aft portion of the hull sides/skirts which are moulded paper thin. Care will need to be taken with the use of solvent cements in these areas.

Upon my initial perusal, the surface detail looked a bit spartan (i.e. lots of clean facets devoid of any detail) but in comparison to photos of the actual vehicle, this appears to be appropriate (though I remain suspicious about the engine deck). Fujimi has continued on with the "not so fine tradition" of many manufacturers in this scale in moulding the pioneer tools integrally with the upper hull. It baffles me that they would take the effort to give us 132 separate track pads, but not make the minimal effort to provide a separate shovel, axe and sledge hammer (?????). The moulded on shovel is abominable by the way. The suspension arms seem quite simplified to me as well, though I suppose they will be barely visible behind the wheels and skirts.

On the plus side, there is some very nice contour moulding of appropriate parts such as the canvas cover on the gun barrel, and the rubber dust skirts. I also like the separate part for the various targeting/sight housings as this provides more flexibility for the modeller who wishes to scratch-build their own optics.

Fujimi has given the modeller a couple of options in regards to the commanders hatch which has separate parts to be used for portraying opened or closed (if we only had some JGSDF tanker figures to put in it…..whimper), and the tracks which have the afore mentioned 132 track pads, for those wishing to portray their model in "road-mode". The bonus here is that they look to be usable on your Trumpeter Type 90 (which does not include track pads) should you want to display it on a road march and don't mind a little cross-kitting (assuming you can get anything to stick to those horrible Trumpeter rubber tracks).

The engineering of the parts in respect of the assembly is a little atypical in a couple of respects. The tracks are a link and length hybrid design, with the curvature around the drive sprocket & idler as well as coming off the forward and aft roar wheels being moulded into both the major and minor runs. Providing the fit is good, this should help reduce the tack time spent dealing with tiny parts (important for those of us with age induced eyesight degradation). Also different from most manufacturers of modern armour, the side skirts are moulded integrally with the hull sides, so some creativity will be required in respect of painting and later masking the running gear prior to assembly of hull side parts 1 & 2. I'm not so keen on this design element.

I'm somewhat confused by the placement of the headlights on the model. They are biased towards the centerline which is reflective of the pictures that I've seen of the vehicle with a dozer blade fitted, however Fujimi do not include the blade assembly in the kit. Photos of the vehicles without the blade fitted have the headlights placed further outboard. This may be reflective of the "prototype", but I'm just not sure at this point.


There are a wealth of units markings included on the nicely printed decal sheet, but the instructions only provide placement info for two examples. Unfortunately, the description of the specific units are in Japanese so I can't really tell you which units they represent. Painting instructions are provided with reference to Gunze Aqueous and Mr. Colour lines, though only a Mr. Colour reference is provided for the green (those using Aqueous will have to wing it here). The suggested mix for the tan/brown colour looks correct though I think that it'll have to be lightened up a fair amount for scale effect.

This is the first bit of modern armour that I've seen from Fujimi, and overall I like what I've seen here. Though overall I wouldn't quite put them at the standard that Pit-Road set with their marvellous JGSDF vehicle line (i.e. Types 61/74/90 re-boxed by Trumpeter), in a couple of areas however, like the tracks, Fujimi has definitely bested them. Hopefully we'll see more modern subjects (with separate pioneer tools….nudge, nudge, hint, hint) from the Fujimi stables in the near future.

Thanks to Hobby Link Japan, IPMS Ottawa, and my wallet, all of whom played a part in landing the review sample on my workbench.

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Article Last Updated: 14 October 2011