Saturday, 3 August 2013
IJA Ho-Ha Armoured Personnel Carrier
The Type 1 Ho-Ha was a Japanese Half Track Personnel Carrier produced in few numbers in 1944.
The Ho-Ha was based on the German Sdkfz 251 Hanomag APC and could carry 12 men. Many Ho-Has were lost when the Transport carrying them was sunk by an American submarine. Those that remained in Japan became Garbage Trucks after the war.
These were some of my earliest attempts at scratchbuilding AFVs/Softskins.
Construction was again using 20 and 40 thou plastic sheet for the body. The front wheels were taken from Ertl rear tractor wheels. The road wheels on the tracked units were from old game counters from some long forgotten board game. Brass wire was shaped using a simple jig to get the same shape for the Tilt Hoops.
The Ho-Has were base coated in a Tamiya Desert sand colour and the camouflage was applied using Humbrol green and brown.
An unusual model, not normally modelled, made a little difficult due to the lack of decent drawings. Reference was made to a 1/72nd scale kit plan and as many photographs as I could muster.