5 Stars By Mike on 2014-11-05
Great kit - perfect for a beginning armor modeler.
A really straight-forward build. No major issues with fit, etc. The instructions were pretty clear and this only took a few days to build. Note, I didn't complete the figures, but there are three included in the kit. The only area that needed a little putty was the gun barrel, after gluing them, the seams needed a minor amount of putty and then could be sanded perfectly smooth.
5 Stars By odinkarr on 2017-01-18
This was the perfect model for my first model tank
This was the perfect model for my first model tank. First and foremost, the price is awesome. It was less than half the cost of most model tanks and so I didn't feel bad if I made a mess of things. It was also a Tamiya made model, which means I knew I wouldn't have to worry about fit or detail. So here are a few other things that I liked a lot:
1. Moving parts- I really liked that the turret still moves, and the cannon, AND the tracks! I also decided to not glue the machine gun on top, so that still moves as well.
2. The scale figures- I really enjoyed painting the little guys that came with it. I thought it added a lot to the model.
3. Multiple Decals- It was cool to be able to choose between a few different decal schemes. I don't know the history behind the Japanese Defense Force, but the figurines definitely look American with their gear and all, so I went with the American Army decal scheme.
As I said, the fit and the detail were both fantastic, which is to be expected with Tamiya. I really enjoyed this model, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to make a model tank for their first time. The only thing that I might change would be the antennae on the turret. I thought they were a little thick, but that's something that I might change on my own anyways.
5 Stars By Shae Lynn MaLayley on 2014-12-30
Perfect introduction to armor.
I have avoided armor builds in the past because of some of the horrible things I'd heard about the difficulty of putting tracks together. This was my first tank, and I have to say, this was actually much easier and better compared to some of the Revell aircraft kits I've put together recently. The instructions aren't very clear on a couple of the smaller pieces that fit to the hull, but if you play around with them, and look up some pictures online you should be able to get it sorted out. The fit was fantastic, and I was very pleased with the moving turret. I built this for my nine year old son (he enjoys watching and helping with some parts of the build, but isn't quite dexterous enough yet for some of the finer details) and he absolutely loves it. I'm going to buy another to do a full out weathering and detailing on. Be patient with the decals, especially if you are used to Revell quality, they seemed to take a little longer to become pliable enough to remove from the backing. Also, I did the main base painting of olive drab with a can of camouflage enamel I had laying around, and it worked out perfectly.
5 Stars By BillyBonez on 2012-10-12
GREAT model tank!
This is the first model tank I've put together (I've had experience with other kits before this though), and I gotta say, I was very impressed! All the pieces come molded in olive drab, with fantastic definition, a decal sheet to mark the tank three different ways, and two instruction sheets (one in English, one in Japanese). I REALLY like the fact that there wasn't too much painting required to make the kit look good, seeing as I don't have much time besides the weekends to work on kits. You can easily complete this kit quickly within a couple days if you wanted to do it quickly, or spread out the project over a longer period of time. The only gripe I had was the fact that the painting sheet (or lack there of) is very ambiguous, no real direction is given as toward painting, more than a few foot notes.
All in all, GREAT buy for model collection!
5 Stars By Riggs on 2016-05-01
Authentic WW2 tank detail!
Another great model from Tamiya! My Son and I ordered this kit, along with the German Sturmgeschutz IV or "Stug" for short. Plenty of details and parts to assemble. He's learning the steps of priming, trimming, prepping and assembly. Plenty of hours for both of us to enjoy together, which includes researching vintage footage to choose out paint scheme, and perhaps an action diorama. Great model novice and advance modelers!
4 Stars By RavSilver on 2015-04-08
I don't normally built plastic armor kits, but thought I would give this one a try. It was fairly easy to assemble, but does have some small parts which can be hard to separate from the sprue and cement to the model. It has decals for a couple of different tanks, and I didn't spend a lot of effort into painting this kit. Don't know if I will try another armor kit or stick with my aircraft kits, but if I do, I would certainly check out the Tamiya 1/35 offerings. Maybe a German kit next time.
4 Stars By Ken on 2012-10-23
Tamiya 1/35 M41 Walker Bulldog
I was already familiar with the critiques about this being an oversimplified kit, but I have to admit I was a bit shocked by the small number of parts present (especially after having just completed a Zvezda kit with over 3 times as many parts). However, it does appear to be of typical Tamiya quality and assembly is very straightforward. Perhaps not as detailed as contemporary modelers are used to, and some inaccuracies, not the least of which are the inclusion of 2 infantry figures which are dressed in WW2 era uniforms. All in all, a fun and easy build and not a bad kit for a "vintage" price.
4 Stars By AlteredState on 2014-11-14
pretty high quality model for the price point
pretty high quality model for the price point. Really high detail for a sub $20. model with weld beads and lots of small parts for the total effect. However, unless your OCD kicks in, many of these small details will get lost on a younger kid who wants to push it around and have the turret blow off .....
I was pretty impressed that, if one wanted to, you could really bling this thing up to get darn accurate and look great. I found the wheels hard to not get some glue into the poly part which binds the wheel. This is inexperience as well as the parts are pretty small to get such small dabs of glue into for the wheels to set. All in all, a very nice model for the price point.
5 Stars By Jeffy on 2018-02-26
It was a very good build, its well designed and its able to ...
It was a very good build, its well designed and its able to come apart into three main piece (Being the lower hull, upper hull, and turret). You should have tweezers for the smaller pieces but its doable with your fingers alone. This was my first Tamiya armor kit, and now I'm moving up to another one of their models.
5 Stars By John Staehle/Hobbies in a Barn on 2011-04-08
Reliving the good old Tamiya days
I have to say this lit has been around and around for many years and keeps popping up everywhere. It is and will remain a favorite of mine although this kit is unbuilt as yet, I applaud the reviews from the other model builder as they give it a fair shake. It is not a complex model so for someone like me who builds more complex kits and modifies them into somewhat more complex and detailed models this kit offers a bit of relaxing the traditional. A simple kit for a quick build and airbrushed with high gloss OD it will look like it is off the showroom floor. A far cry from the rest of my models that are war torn and dirty. (ref to my gallery)