tanks & armored vehicles
Tanks of the GSDF (in plastic)

Tanks of the GSDF (in plastic)

Model maker Tasca has announced the latest GSDF tank to be released in plastic model kit form, the M4A3E8. The M4A3E8, considered ultimate version of the Sherman tank, served with the U.S. Army in World War II, as well as the Korean War. Here’s a pic of the cover art, courtesy the excellent Perth Military...

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Sci-Fi and The Self-Defense Forces: "Godzilla"

Sci-Fi and The Self-Defense Forces: “Godzilla”

An analysis of the SDF in the first Godzilla film, 1954's "Gojira", or "Godzilla".

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Type 74 Tanks To Be Used For N-Plant Cleanup

Type 74 Tanks To Be Used For N-Plant Cleanup

According to the Daily Yomiuri, the GSDF is sending two Type 74 main battle tanks to the Fukushima Daiichi reactor to help clean up rubble and debris from the earthquake, tsunami, and explosions at the reactor site. The rubble and debris are hampering emergency efforts to repair the reactors. The GSDF is using tanks instead of...

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Iron Fist 2011: JSW Video

Here’s some video from the exercise, with commentary thrown in as anotations. The video is not all that useful and more resembles B roll, but it’s all I got. I only had a few hours and was torn between filming tanks, conversations in English, conversations in Japanese, and conversations in English and Japanese. This video...

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Defence Hardware Monday: Type 10 Tank

Defence Hardware Monday: Type 10 Tank

Type 10 Tank via Shuukan Obiekt In 2011, the GSDF will receive thirteen Type 10 tanks (formerly known as the TK-X) from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The Type 10 is Japan’s fourth generation of  domestically-made postwar main battle tanks, following the Type 61, Type 74, and Type 90. Designed for anti-armour and counter-insurgency contingencies, it carries...

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