Japan Type 5 medium tank Chi-Ri Papercraft

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I just can’t get enough of military model lately. They are pretty good stuff for background diorama. A lil bit of history here; A single unarmed prototype of the Type 5 Chi-Ri was completed by May 1945.

The project was abruptly abandoned to free up manpower and critical resources to concentrate on the development and production of the more practical Type 4 Chi-To medium tank.

As with many innovative weapons projects launched by Japan in the final days of World War II, production could not advance beyond the prototype stage due to material shortages, and the loss of Japan’s industrial infrastructure to the Allied bombing of Japan.

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