Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 07:10 AM UTC
This is the third news item from Trumpeter and we are back to current armoured fighting vehicles. This time around it is the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force Type 96 WAPC "B" in 1/35th scale. Take a look inside for more details.
Here are details of one of Trumpeter latest releases.
JGSDF Type 96 WAPC "B"
Promulgator: trumpeter
Send date:2012-01-07 14:02
Visitor: 207
Product Id 05569 Pub Date
Size 1:35

As the latest Japanese armored vehicle, Type-96 was first produced in late 1995 and type standardized in 1996. It is a basic armored vehicle with medium armor for an APC. There is a hatch on the front right deck for the driver, a cupola behind the driver's hatch with a weapon mount, four large hatches on the rear deck, and a rear door for troop entry. Two watch ports are on each side of the passenger compartment. The cupola-mounted weapon can be aimed and fired with the vehicle buttoned up.

Type-96 WAPC mainly intended for transport of ground troops, in addition to 2 crew members, the Armored Transport Vehicle accommodates 8 troops.

Item No 05569
Item Name JGSDF Type 96 WAPC "B"
Bar Code 9580208055695
Scale 1:35
Item Type Static Kit
Model Brief Length: 199.8mm Width:80.62 mm
Total Parts 410+pcs
Metal Parts Rail chain
Photo Etched Parts 1piece
Film Parts n/a
Resin Parts n/a
Total Sprues 6 sprues, Lower hull , Upper hull and 8 tires
Paint Schemes JGSDF
Released Date 2011-12
More Features - Multi-directional slide moulded lower hull&upper hull
- The crew entry door can be fixed in the open or closed position.
- Rubber tyres w/fine detail
- Photo-etched parts include

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Thanks Darren, it looks to be the original kit with a new sprue with the M2 MG cupola parts added. This is one is the version deployed to Iraq. The first one with the AGL didn't suit this timeframe despite one of the painting scheme Trumpeter suggested.
JAN 10, 2012 - 07:11 PM
Anyone know why the vehicle pictured on the box does not have the glass house like the kit builds into? Is it true the only (major) difference between the "A" and "B" types are whether it has a grenade launcher ("A") or the .50 cal cupola ("B")? Can a type "B" be build with or without the glass house as pictured on the box. Because the box shows a Type 96 with a .50cal mount, but no glass house.
MAR 03, 2012 - 07:35 AM
Typical after I build one with the Dijiti's conversion!
MAR 03, 2012 - 07:46 AM
Well of course. That's the way it always goes. If you want a company to make something new, you just have to scratch build it yourself, then shortly after you've finished it, they'll make it in kit form!
MAR 03, 2012 - 07:57 AM

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