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Never the Best In Class
The Chi-Ha Tank is a moderately difficult Metal Earth model with 29 pieces on two sheets of metal. The Japanese didn't fight huge land battles and weren't known for their tanks, but the Chi-Ha was the best that they produced during WW2.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
"Chi" derives from Chu-sensha, meaning "medium tank." "Ha" refers to model number 3. The Chi-Ha was further designated 97 from the imperial year 2597 (1937 to most of us), when it was developed. So the "Type 97 Chi-Ha" means 1937 medium tank model 3.
Mitsubishi delivered the prototype Chi-Ha just in time for the Second Sino-Japanese war where it performed admirably against China's underequipped National Revolutionary Army. Action against the Soviets in the Battles of Khalkhin Gol led to some upgrades, and then it was widely deployed in WW2. Its capabilities were pretty average for the 1930s and it was outclassed by most allied tanks by 1941, but the Japanese created some headaches by fielding tanks where allied commanders didn't think tanks could go. Its low silhouette and curved radio antenna account for its distinctive appearance. Just 2,123 Type 97 Chi-Has were produced from 1938-43. Today you can find a couple of restorations in Japanese shrines and museums. There's one at a museum in Indonesia and a few others in China and the US, plus numerous ruins on Saipan and the Kuril Islands. Our model is probably the closest you're going to come to seeing a real Chi-Ha tank.