"Kawai, Niko"
IMAI
NORSHIN
"Marusan, UPC, Eldon, Fuji"
"Aurora"
"Sharp"
"Sanwa Plastic"
"Odaka"

Those old Japanese manufacturers has released many various kits in the small scale, some were based on the same line of kits and some were different

The kits below are in the scale range from 1/70 until 1/88 - All kits are "Out of Production"

Information by: Katsumi Otsuka.


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History

Small Scale kits by "KAWAI, NIKO" - IMAI - NORSHIN" - "MARUSAN, UPC, ELDON, FUJI" - "AURORA" - "SHARP" - "SANWA" - "ODAKA"

Various Japanese manufacturors of kits and toys have made releases over the years, espesially in the sixties, seventies and eighties of the previous century. Most of these kits were actually nothing more than simple toys, but it is the brilliant box art in Japanese full packed action style that makes them interesting and also collectible !!

(Japanese boxart from the sixties and seventies has several distinct features : action, firing guns, soldiers present and many times an aircraft or helicopter is in the sky somewhere.)


KAWAI and NIKO

The Japanese firm KAWAI and earlier NIKO produced a line of clockwork kits, although they are better qualified as toys. NIKO realeased four in the 70/80's and KAWAI released eight in the 90's but the dates are hard to confirm as Japanes manufacturors seldom put discernable dates on their kits.

The NIKO kits had kitnumbers FTM 1 to 4 and state the scale to be 1/80. The KAWAI kits were numbered 1 to 8 and state the scale to be 1/88...

These kit were made-up of a few parts and a friction motor. Instructions were printed inside the box top. Most kits share a common running gear...... they are truly toys.....but the boxartwork is breathtaking !!! (See KAWAI/NIKO pictures).


IMAI MAMETAN, IMAI REMOTE CONTROL and IMAI SNAP-MODEL SERIES

Imai or "Imai Kagaku" was one of the old Japanese plastic model manufacturer. It started to produce plastic model kits in 1960 and ended in 2002. Imai released some small scale tank models in 1963. Scales of them are not certain, but they seem to be around HO scale.

Mametan (pea tank) series

- No.1 M-24 Chaffee
- No.2 M-41 Walker Bulldog
- No.3 M-4 Sherman
- No.4 Japanese Type 61 tank
- No.5 Japanese Type 60 S.P.G.

Midget Remote Control series

- No.1 M-24 Chaffee
- No.2 M-41 Walker Bulldog
- No.3 M-4 Sherman
- No.4 Japanese Type 61 tank

Snap-assemble series

In 1980 Imai released 16 small size snap-assemble plastic model kits. They were airplanes, warships, cars and military vehicles. There was 1/72 scale S-model tank (Strv.103) among them. This model was rereleased some times with different package and kit number.

- B-980 S-Model tank (Big Mech. Series/Super Machine Collection series No.6)
- B-2320 S-Model tank (Pocket Mech. Series No.7)
- 42320 S-Model tank
- 42447 S.tank (1/72) and Schwimmwagen (1/32) set


NORSHIN

Norshin is a famous Japanese brand of headache medications. Norshin had distributed various premiums to the customers. There were four miniscale tank models among them. They were the same as Niko's kits buth with friction motor.


MARUSAN

Marusan is known as the first Japanese plastic model manufacturer. In 1965 Marusan made 27 HO scale military models. They were copies of early Roco/Peetzy models. Marusan sold these models in Japan under its own brand besides exported them to the US by OEM.
In late 1960s American model company UPC imported the Marusan products and sold them in the US under UPC brand.
In 1968 American toy company Eldon also imported 24 of Marusan military models along with aircraft models and sold them in the US under its brand "Eldon Match Kit".

Marusan initially released these models in clear plastic case, and rereleased in "Match Kit" style later.

Marusan went bankrupt in late 1968 and Fuji Hobby was founded by some former Marusan employees the next year. In early 1970s Fuji Hobby rereleased twelve former Marusan HO scale military models.


UPC

UPC is short for "Universal Powermaster Corporation" and was importing and reselling mainly Japanese kits in the sixties and seventies. Although mainly " sold in America many found their way to europe, again imported by RIKO (Richard Kohnstamm). Enthousiasts will recall all those great adds in the Airfix Magazines...
Armorwise well known for their (rare and sought after) 1/35 and espessially their 1/40 kits they also produced a series of HO scale Kits. These were re (re-re-re)isues of old ROCO and Roskopf kits but the moulding quality was often so bad the vehicle couldn't be recognized..... This was made up for by beautiful box-artwork in brilliant Japanese style : all guns always firing, bright colors and loads of action !!
Only one small kit catalogue is known to me from 1969 and it includes the whole HO armor series. The rest of this color catalogue is a mouthwatering collection of all types and scales of kits for the vintage kit lover !


ELDON

The Japanese firm ELDON consist from around 1960 have released the same kits from UPC under his own label - (24 kits in the 1/87 scale)


FUJI

FUJI (something else than FUJIMI !!) is also a Japanese manufacturor which has released serveral kits, amongst them a few HO scale re-releases of old ROCO or ROSKOPF kits. The moulding is so bad the original cannot be identified... They had verry dull boxart and no clear kitnumbers, only an art. no. which for the 2.5 t REO Truck is : 254-50.
They may be interesting as curiousity for the HO Armor collector. No idea from what date the are. (see FUJI pictures)


SHARP

SHARP, one of those mega big Japanese companies, also made a few toylike kits, probably in the verry early seventies. There were four individual kits and two combination kits which included either the first two- or the second two kits together. The boxes state them to be "1/70 authentic scale", but they look absolutely horrible !! They also had a wind-up motor and the one kitnumber known to me is : TSM-T1-100 for a tank that is supposed to be a Crusader.....

The nice boxart makes up for all this pain and the first two- and second two kits boxart can be combined to make one picture, the same that is shown on the combination kits.
E-bay sellings show them to be collectible as vintage kits... (See SHARP pictures). IMAI has at one time produced a Swedish S-Tank or StrV. in approximately 1/72 scale.


SANWA PLASTIC

Sanwa is a very old Japanese kit manufacturor and made some Armor kits, possibly before 1960 !! These were re-issues of ancient Roskopf or ROCO kits. The box states HO scale. The names of the kits made it hard to identify the contents. I know of four kits of which I own one and have building instructions of another. The kit box size was extremely small but contained all kit parts in a plastic bag, decals and a tube of glue. (There are actually people who only collect these old plastic kit glues....!). The pictured m-59 kit box will easily fit eight times in a Dragon SdKfz 251 kitbox ! They are rare and verry collectible as early vintage Japanese kits. (See SANWA pictures)


KAWAI - 1/88 Scale

Kit 1 - M48 Patton

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Kit 2 - Tiger I

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Kit 3 - M47 Patton

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Kit 4 - M60 Cheyenne

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Kit 5 - Tiger II Kingtiger

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Kit 6 - Japanese Type 74

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Kit 7 - Leopard

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Kit 8 - Panther

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NIKO - 1/80 Scale

Released kits

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Kit 1 - M48

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Kit 2 - M-60

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Kit 3 - Tiger I

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Kit 4 - M-47

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IMAI Kagaku - (around HO scale)

IMAI MAMETAN

Kit 02 - M41

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Kit 04 - M41

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IMAI REMOTE CONTROL

Kit 01 - M24

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Kit 02 - M24

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Kit 04 - Type 61

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IMAI SNAP-MODEL SERIES

Info:

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kit B980 - s-model

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kit STRV-103

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kit B2320 - s-model

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Combination Set Imai S-Tank Hobby Collection

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kit 42447 - S-model with 1/32 scale schwimwagen

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Norshin - 1/80 Scale

Norshin has released same kits as NIKO but now with friction motor!

Released kits

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Kit ? - M47

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Kit ? - M48

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Kit ? - M60

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Kit ? - Tiger 1

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MARUSAN - 1/87 Scale - (HO)

Kit numbers of Marusan (initial), UPC, Eldon, Fuji Hobby are as follows.

Kit/Vehicle Marusan UPC Eldon Fuji Hobby
M38A1 Jeep8703032031253
M-4 Sherman8713021001251
M-40 Self-Propelled 155mm8723017008-
M-47 General Patton873301932-
M-48 General Patton8743016006252
M-52 Self-Propelled Howitzer8753015033-
U.S. 2 1/2 Ton Truck 6x68763013002-
U.S. 2 1/2 Ton Personnel Truck8773014005254
M1A3 120mm Anti-Aircraft Gun878302234255
M2A1 8 inch Howitzer8793037007-
Honest John Rocket8803035010-
155mm Gun M2 Long Tom881303311256
German 20mm AA Gun Wirbelwind882302735260
Half-Track Quad AA Gun8833031--
German AA Gun 37mm Mobelwagen8843023036-
Rocket Carrier8853020024-
PzKpfw IV F18863024037-
PzKpfw IV F28873025--
PzKpfw IV H8883026038259
Armored Car 234/18893012039-
Armored Car 234/28903011003261
88mm Anti-Aircraft8913030009262
Sound Detector8923029040-
Munition Carrier8933028041-
Panther8943018004258
Tiger II8953036042257
U.S. Combat soldiers - (Airfix?)8963034--
Tobruk999---

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Catalogue History

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Kit 870 - M38A1 Jeep

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Kit 872 - M-40 Self-Propelled 155mm

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Other Box-layout

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Kit 874 - M48 Patton

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Kit 875 - M52 SPG

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Kit 876 - U.S. 2 1/2 Ton Truck 6x6

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Kit 877 - Army Truck

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Kit 878 - M1A3 120mm Anti-Aircraft Gun

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Kit 879 - 200mm Long Tom

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Kit 881 - 155mm Long Tom

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Kit 882 - German 20mm AA Gun Wirbelwind

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Kit 884 - German AA Gun 37mm Mobelwagen

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Kit 887 - PzKpfw IV F2

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Kit 888 - PzKpfw IV Ausf. H

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Kit 889 - Armoured Car SdKfz. 234/3 8-Wheeler

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Kit 890 - Armored Car 234/2

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Kit 892 - SWS with Sound Detector

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Kit 894 - Panther

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Kit 895 - Tiger II

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Kit 896 - U.S. Combat Soldiers

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Kit 999 - Tobruk - (combination set - contains 9 kits)

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UPC - "Universal Powermaster Corporation" - 1/87 Scale (HO)

Catalogue 1969

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Boxes with kitnumbers

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Kit 3011 - Armoured Car 234/2

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Kit 3012 - Armoured Car 234/1

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Kit 3013 - US 2.5 ton truck 6x6

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Kit 3014 - Us 2.5 ton truck

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Kit 3015 - Selfpropelled Howitzer

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Kit 3016 - General Patton M48

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Kit 3017 - Selfpropelled 155mm

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Kit 3018 - Panther

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Kit 3019 - General Patton M47

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Kit 3020 - SWS Armoured with Rockets

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Kit 3021 - Sherman M4

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Kit 3022 - 120mm Anti Aircraft

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Kit 3023 - Pz.IV Mobelwagen with 37mm AA

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Kit 3024 - Pz. IV Ausf. F1

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Kit 3025 - Pz. IV Ausf. F2
Kit 3026 - Pz. IV Ausf. H

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Kit 3027 - Wirbelwind
Kit 3028 - SWS Munition Carrier

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Kit 3029 - SWS Sound detector

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Kit 3030 - 88mm AA Carrier

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Kit 3031 - SWS with 4x20mm AA
Kit 3032 - Jeep M38A1

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Kit 3033 - 155mm Long Tom M2

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Kit 3034 - US Soldiers

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Kit 3035 - Honest John Rocket

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Kit 3036 - Tiger 2

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Kit 3037 - 8 inch howitzer

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ELDON - 1/87 Scale - (HO)

In 1968 American toy company Eldon also imported 24 of Marusan military models along with aircraft models and sold them in the US under its brand "Eldon Match Kit".

Catalogue History

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Kit 01 - 150mm Long Tom

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Kit 02 - US 2.5 ton truck

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Kit 03 - Sherman

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Kit 04 - Panther

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Kit 05 - Personel Carrier

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Kit 06 - 8-wheeler

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Kit 07 - 200mm Howitzer

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Kit 08 - M40 155mm GMC

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Kit 10 - Honest John Rocket Launcher

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Kit 24 - SWS Radar Rocket Launcher

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Kit 31 - M38A1 Jeep

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Kit 33 - M52 SPG Howitzer

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Kit 34 - M1A3 120mm Anti-Aircraft Gun

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Kit 35 - Pz.IV - Quad gun 20mm

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Kit 36 - Pz. IV Mobelwagen 37mm AA gun

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FUJI Hobby - 1/87 Scale - (HO)

Marusan went bankrupt in late 1968 and Fuji Hobby was founded by some former Marusan employees the next year. In early 1970s Fuji Hobby rereleased twelve former Marusan HO scale military models.

Kit 01 - 2.5 ton personal truck

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Kit 02 - Sherman M4

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Kit 03 - M-48 Patton

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Kit 04 - Flak 88mm

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Kit 05 - 155mm Long Tom

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Kit 06 - M38 A1 Jeep

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Kit 07 - Panther

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Kit 08 - sdKfz. 234 Puma 8 wheeler

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Kit 09 - Pz. IV Wirbelwind

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Kit 10 - King Tiger - Tiger II

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AURORA - HO Scale

Catalogue

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Aurora released two diorama sets "Anzio Beach" and "Rat Patrol" in late 1960s. Each contained some Roco-like HO scale military models in kit form. Aurora also released these military kits as pre-assembled models on blistercards.

kit 339 - Anzio Beach - contains: Sherman, Patton, Panther, Wirbelwind, LCT and Jeep with soldiers and battlefield scenery

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kit 340 - Rat Patrol - contains: Panther, PzKpfw IV and 2 Rat Patrol Jeeps with soldiers and battlefield scenery

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6 Military Midgets in HO scale

U.S. "Patton" Tank

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U.S. M-4 "Sherman" Tank

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German "Panther" Tank

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German "Panzer" Tank (PzKpfw IV)

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German "A.A." Tank (Wirbelwind)

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* Russian "Stalin" Tank

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Set of six pre-assembled models

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SHARP - 1/70 Scale

Japanese plastic model manufacturer Sharp (Tokyo Sharp Mokei or TSM) was a different company from current large electronics device manufacturer. It started the business in mid 1960s and stopped in early 1980s. Sharp released eight 1:70 scale tank kits in early 1970s. The boxart and kit numbers were varied.----- (info Otsuka Katsumi)

T1 Crusader
T2 M24 Chaffee
T3 T92 Destroyer
T4 M42 Duster
T5 Stalin
T6 Long Tom (M107)
T7 M46 Patton
T8 M4 Sherman

There were also two combination kits.
No.1 Crusader & M24
No.2 T92 & M42

Catalogue

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Kit T1 - Crusader

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Kit T2 - M24 Chaffee

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Kit T3 - T92 Destroyer

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Kit T4 - M42 Duster

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SHARP - Combination kits

No.1 M24 Chaffee & T1 Crusader (double pack)

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No.2 T92 & M42 (double pack)

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SANKO Plastic - 1/80 Scale

Sanko was another company which released ex-NIKO 1/80 scale Tanks. The models were released in bag.

all released kits

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Kit 01 - M60 Cheyenne

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Kit 02 - M48 Patton

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Kit 03 - Tiger 1

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Kit 04 - M47 Patton

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SANWA Plastic - 1/87 Scale

Sanwa is one of the initial Japanese plastic model manufacturers. From 1955 - 1960, it released about twenty HO scale military models. They are very tinny and some of them are similar to Roco/Peetzy models, but others are not. ----- (info Otsuka Katsumi)

M Series
205 - No.1 M-41 Walker Bulldog
206 - No.2 M-47 Patton
207 - No.3 M-48 Patton
208 - No.4 M-59 APC
209 - No.5 T-98 (M52 105mm SPG)
213 - No.6 M-7 Priest
214 - No.7 M-4 Sherman
215 - No.8 M-43 8 inch SPG
216 - No.9 T-97 (M53 155mm SPG)
217 - No.10 Jeep - (Box scale?)
225 - M-20 Scout Car - (Box scale?)
226 - MK-4 (LVT-4)
227 - M-56 Scorpion - (Box scale?)
228 - M-6 High-Speed Tractor
229 - T-141 (M42 Duster)
??? - MK-111 Half Track
??? - 37mm Gun - (Box scale?)
??? - Land Rover - (Box scale?)
??? - M-160 Armored Car (FV603 Saracen)

Motorized
233 or 262 - Stalin (1/76?)
234 - T34
245 or 268 - Tiger I - (T.K.K.no 25)

Catalogue

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Kit 205 - M-41 Walker Bulldog

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Kit 206 - M47 Patton

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Kit 207 - M48 Patton

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Kit 208 - M59

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Kit 209 - T-98 (M52 105mm SPG)

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Kit 213 - M7 Priest

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Kit 214 - M4 Sherman

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Kit 215 - M43

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Kit 216 - T97

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Kit 217 - Jeep

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Kit 225 - M-20 Scoutcar

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Kit 226 - LVT-4

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Kit 227 - M56

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Kit 228 - M6 Hi Speed Tractor

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Kit 229 - T-141 (M42 Duster)

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Kit 423 - 37mm gun

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Kit ? - Landrover

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Kit ? - M-160 Armored Car (FV603 Saracen)

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Kits with electric motor

Kit 233 or 262 - Jozef Stalin Tank - (Note: see kitnames on the boxes - "Sterin" and "Monster M-63")

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Sanwa's Stalin was around 1/76 size small model, but it could run with electric motor. It was rereleased as fictional "M-63 Monster" later. Kit number of "Monster" is 262....... Katsumi


Kit 245 or 268 - Tiger I

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ODAKA (ODK) - Not in Scale

"Odaka Sangyo" (also called ODK from its logo) was an old Japanese model manufacturer. It produced plastic models from early 1960s to late 1970s. Like other Japanese model manufacturers, Odaka also produced several small toy-like military models with friction or clockwork motor in mid 1960s. Scales were not provided on box or catalog, but M4 Sherman is around 1/72 scale in length and around 1/60 scale in width!?

Kit numbers are as follows.

T1 Type 60 106mm SPG
T2 M-19 40mm SPAAG
T3 M-24 Chaffee
T4 M-41 Walker Bulldog
OT-1 M-4 Sherman
OT-2 A.M.X.30
OT-3 Type 61
OT-4 TIGER II

catalogue and built kit T1, T3 and T4

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Kit T1 - Type 60 106mm SPG

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Kit T4 - M41 Walker Bulldog

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Kit OT-1 - M-4 Sherman
picture 6 - hull in comparison with Airfix 1/76

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Kit OT-2 - AMX-30

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Kit OT-4 - Tiger II

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Unknow Label - (Ex NIKO 1/80 scale)

Kit 01 - M60 Patton

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Kit 03 - M47 Patton

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