FINE MOLDS FM40 JGSDF JAPAN GROUND SELF-DEFENSE FORCE TYPE 60 APC 1/35 SCALE PLASTIC MODEL KIT
FINE MOLDS FM40 JGSDF JAPAN GROUND SELF-DEFENSE FORCE TYPE 60 APC 1/35 SCALE PLASTIC MODEL K
JGSDF Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Type 60 APC
1:35 Scale Plastic Model Kit (Assembly is required)
Made in Japan
The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Type 60 armored personnel carrier was developed in the late 1950s, and was the first APC to enter service since the end of WW2. Production started in 1960, and an estimated 755 units were built before production ceased in 1972.
Its armament consisted of a single 7.62 mm machine gun mounted in front of the hull, and a 12.7 mm machine gun mounted on the hull roof. The relatively thin armor of the Type 60 provided protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. The vehicle had a crew of four, including a commander, a driver, a bow machine gunner, and a heavy machine gunner. Six infantrymen entered and departed through the rear and/or top doors. Power for the 11.8 ton APC was provided by a 230 hp Mitsubishi 8 HA 21 WT turbocharged diesel engine. The Type 60 could ford up to 1 meter, but it wasn’t amphibious, and didn’t have any Nuclear/Biological/Chemical (NBC) protection. There were four additional variants:
SV-60 self-propelled 81-mm mortar carrier
SX-60 self-propelled 106.7-mm mortar carrier
an NBC reconnaissance vehicle
Type 75 engineering vehicle
Sometimes referred as the SU-60, Fine Molds recently released a 1:35 scale model of the vehicle, which is no longer used by the JGSDF.
The kit has a multi-part hull with all hatches that can be positioned open or closed, detailed suspension with separate road wheel arms, link and length track with preformed track sag, and clear periscopes for the commander’s and driver’s hatches.