The Type 74 was the main battle tank of the JGSDF(Japanese ground self defense force) from 1975-1990 and some are in service today alongside the JGSDF type 90. The type 74 incorporated a number of contemporary designs, including the rolled steel hull of the Leopard 1, and a British L7 105mm gun. With a low profile turret the Type 74 was comparable to other MBT of the time (M60, Leopard 1, Merkava 1) additional upgrades were given to the tank over the years including thermal sleeved barrel, infra-red imagers, computerized fire control, laser range finder and hit indictor.
due to cost ,design problems and other issues the type 74 didn't full enter service in till 1980, at which point it was generally concerted to be outdated compared to MBT of that time(Abrams, Leopard 2, T80) 893 units were produced and it was replaced by the much more powerful and high tec Type-90 during the early 90's.
This is a 1/35 Tamiya Type 74, that I was able to find at a con for $15. I haven't seen this kit around and while I don't think it's rare, its one you don't really see often. This kit was originally produced sometime in the 70's and the kit I got was the reissued "winter version" from the 90's(added runner featuring ski's, figurines, infra-red ect). You can tell that it being a Japanese tank and Tamiya being a Japanese company, they really gave this one some extra love. A pretty cool kit of an often forgotten MBT. I was pretty happy about the kits details, especially for the price/age and would highly recommend it.
Painted with enamels and weathered with art acrylics /pastels. Gear was from the bits box and scratch build. I painted it in colors to match my Stryker and am already thinking up some situations for them to be involved in.