Type-61 Japanese Tank - JGSDF - Japan 1993 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Model by Altaya
1:72 Scale Metal Diecast – Type-61 Tank - Japan Ground Self Defense Force - Japan 1993 Length: 4.75" (from back of vehicle to tip of the main gun) Width: 1.75”
This Type-61 tank model's body is made of metal while the turret is made of plastic. The turret can rotate all 360 degrees. The tracks are made of rubber and are fitted, however they do not move. The coloring and markings are accurate and realistic.
The maker of the model really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very clear and crisp. These models have different details engraved such as doors, hatches, panels, lights, ports, antennas, machine guns, ropes, shovels, etc; all of these done with high accuracy and proportion. When they are painted in different color, say for example, shovels and ropes, they are indeed painted accurately. The weathering effect that these tanks have, such as smoke and oil staining makes them look very realistic. Depending on the particular type of tank, some will have machine guns and antennas that look very accurate
These models come in really nice packaging. The model itself is attached (via screws) to a plastic base which is made to look as rough terrain. The base measures about 7 inches by 3 and at one side of the base is some info about the model such as the type of tank, the outfit it belongs and the time period it served. Moreover, the whole base can be topped with a transparent acrylic top which encases the whole tank in a rectangle that measures roughly 7 inches by 3 inches by 3 inches high.
These models are not toys, they will not last long if played with. The tracks don't move and the turrets and their main guns and machine guns can be quite fragile because of their size. Some of the tanks will have a turret that does not rotate at all. (so if you try to rotate the turret or change the elevation of the gun and feel some resistant, better leave it alone and don't risk breaking something).
The Type 61 (61式戦車?) was a main battle tank (MBT) developed and used by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Development started in 1955 and the vehicle was first deployed in April 1961. The type number follows the year of deployment. A total of 560 Type 61s were manufactured between 1961 and 1975, when production ceased.