Japan Self-Defense Forces Light Truck Type 73

Published: November 20th, 2012     
Box Art
Box Art
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms - IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/35
Company: Fine Molds
Price: $62.00
Product / Stock #: FM35
Product provided by: Dragon Models USA


The type 73 light truck is one of a series of light utility vehicles used in the Japanese self-defense forces. JSDF deployed these vehicles from 1973. Almost all of them were phased out by 2010.

Items in the box

The model is made of injection molded plastic, olive drab in color. The instructions were made up of a foldout form, printed on both sides. Clear molded plastic window and headlight lenses were supplied.


Started with the chassis buildup, running gear, springs, drive train, and exhaust system. Next came the cab and its interior hardware, dashboard, shift levers, gas, brake, and clutch pedals, then the rear seating (upper back rests only), radio, and extra fuel container. Note: the seat cushions were left out until after painting, as they were a different color. I proceeded with adding stoplights and spotlights, and horns/siren. I painted the entire unit olive drab, gloss coated the necessary areas for decaling. Added the remainder of the details, seat cushions, shovel, axe, hammer, steering wheel, and headlight lenses. Note: I did not use the kit supplied lens, I substituted a product made by MV Products who specialize in headlights and marker lights. Wheels were added last, after the wheel wells were weathered.

Finish and Decals

Used Model Master olive drab, rust, silver; Floquil engine black, red, orange; Testers gloss and dull coat. The decals went on well. Note: the license plate bracket must be finished in white before adding the numbers, as they are black.


The kit went together well. The kit build-up is for the average builder, and there are a few fragile parts. I would like to thank IPMS and Dragon Models USA for allowing me to review and build this kit.

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  • Replacement headlights
    Replacement headlights

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