1/1 Japanese Type 97 hand grenade

Joined: April 18th, 2005, 6:54 pm

September 14th, 2018, 10:10 am #1

I guess this is technically off-topic but I built this for a change of pace. I think back in the 1980's, Arii came out with several 1/1 weapon model kits, including hand grenades, bayonets, etc. I remember seeing some at D&J Hobbies in Campbell, CA but they were not in my modelling budget back then. I got some of the grenades for next to nothing from HLJ a few years ago and after building a German egg grenade, they ended up in the basement. I pulled this one out this week to fool around. 10 pieces, plus a spring, the pin and a length of string.  Most of the time was spent on the texturing since the surface was molded smooth. After filling the seam of the main body, I stippled Mr. Surfacer 500 all over with a stiff brush to replicate the cast surface.  I painted it Tamiya Dark Iron and after washing, I used gunmetal and silver Tamiya Weathering Masters. Took a little more than 24 hours from start to finish.  Any comments welcome.

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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

September 14th, 2018, 2:09 pm #2

That looks super. The Arri kits were reissues of the older LS kits.  Arri is out of business now but the kits are back under a new name (I forget what it is).  You did a good job.  Japanese grenades were notoriously bad - delay time from when you pull the pin to when it goes off varied from 0 to 20 seconds.
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Joined: April 9th, 2018, 7:55 pm

September 14th, 2018, 10:04 pm #3

Hi Jeff,
That looks great!
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Joined: May 18th, 2013, 11:02 pm

September 16th, 2018, 3:13 pm #4

The only thing missing (and it's missing from most military replicas) is stenciling, unless the IJA didn't use any.

The cast iron looks perfect.

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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

September 16th, 2018, 4:42 pm #5

I have not seen stenciling on an actual Japanese grenade. They were not even painted. Just raw metal.  Not to say that they didnt have it, but I never saw it. 
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Joined: February 18th, 2005, 5:29 pm

September 16th, 2018, 4:56 pm #6

Checked ScaleMates for this, and found that Micro Ace is the current issuer of this kit. This, as well as others in the Combat Set series can be found on eBay.
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 6:54 pm

September 16th, 2018, 5:40 pm #7

Looking on the internet, I turned up some photos of markings on the brass part, usually stamps in the metal with the date of manufacture. I thought about scratching them into the plastic but changed my mind. I decided I couldn't get them that uniform. One site said there was a paper sticker on the bottom warning that the Type 97 had a shorter fuse than the earlier Type 91, I think, but no picture unfortunately. Not all of them had a red top either. Some of the examples were plain metal or with an irregular red smear of paint on top.

EDIT: Best website for grenade reference: http://www.inert-ord.net/jap02h/grenades/t97/index.html

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Wouldn't you know - now a reference picture shows up!
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 6:54 pm

September 17th, 2018, 3:44 pm #8

What happens when you have too much free time on your hands . . .

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September 18th, 2018, 10:40 pm #9

Hi Jeff, 
Nice going... Spill some coffee or tea on it and it will be just right.
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September 20th, 2018, 9:12 am #10

Well if someone plonked that on the table in front of me, I'd be fooled............

I didn't know that LS had done grenades.  I used to work in a hobby shop back in the early 80's where we sold LS and Marui firearms kits.  The Marui ones had brass cartridge cases into which you could put special caps, with which the action would cycle after firing.  The cartridge acted like a piston.  But the caps were never available in the UK.  Likewise the LS grenades AFAIK.  I must see about getting a couple.  Very different.
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