Type 5 – Lego tank model

It’s Sunday, time for another tank model, but this time it’s Lego 🙂 This one was created by killswitch95.

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The Type 5 Heavy… Because everyone and their brother builds the Maus…

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I absolutely love how Lego studs perfectly resemble the rivets. I was going to use 1×1 round tiles, but realized the studs look so much better…15139350683_DISPLAY15139350684_DISPLAY15139350685_DISPLAY15185573761_DISPLAY

Below are some size comparison shots against my SU-122-44 which I built in the same scale.

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The tracks of the Type 5 are custom made, 5 stud wide pad, 1 stud wide center guide, and 1 stud deep center guide… This is due to Lego 5 wide tracks having a 2 stud wide center guide and after I built the suspension and realized that I was not about to start over…

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The suspension is easily accessed by popping off the sideskirt panel, which is a good thing because while it would function, the strength of it is unknown…

A bit of “History”… Which is a stretch considering I’m 75% sure this is more or less a fake tank…

– The Type 5, also known as the Type 2605, was one of the variants of the O-I superheavy tank, developed during WWII. The vehicle was planned to be used for breaking through fortified enemy lines and for coastal defense.

– The Type 4 super-heavy tank, likely referred as the Type 4 O-Ro, was a second Japanese super-heavy tank design. One prototype was built and is said to be sent to Manchuria and serviced there, but no details are known.

It is apparent that there was a proposed upgrade to the vehicle. This design is often referred as either “Type 5” or “Type 2605”. However, given the vehicle was a proposed upgrade to the O-Ro, it was very likely that the full designation of the vehicle would have been “Type 5 O-Ro Kai”. The improved design was most likely meant to be lighter design that could fix some possible design faults of the O-Ro.

Biggest difference was that the Type 5 O-Ro Kai in general was lighter design than the Type 4 O-Ro while keeping the same engine, cooling system, turret and armament. The O-Ro Kai had 35 percent smaller engine copartment compared to the Type 4 O-Ro, but retains the same type of engine, resulting in a very cramped cooler design. This design has however an advantage for saving some weight, resulting into a lighter design with same engine, increasing the mobility of the vehicle. Four radiator blocks are shifted towards the rear, and, along with the separate oil cooler, are cooled with one many-bladed fan, connected to the main reductor by a crankshaft, passing between engines. Air is gathered through vertical grilles in the engine compartment, passes through vertical radiators, and is released behind the tank. If the fan breaks, the air will be partially circulated with exhaust fumes, achieved by a nozzle collector on each engine.

Not much else is known about the O-Ro Kai. It seems to have the same turret and gun with its predecessor. The vehicle was never built and remained only on papers, most likely due to the surrender of Japan.

– Its real name would have probably been “Type 5 O-Ro Kai”, which stands for “Improved 2nd Super-Heavy Tank”

Model Feature:

– Functioning suspension, 5 Bogies per side, 4 wheels per bogie
– Custom brick made track links
– Opening hull roof hatches for crew
– Elevating/Depressing gun
– Rotating turret
– Easily removable sideskirts to access suspension
– 4 Extra track links, 2 per side… Couldn’t connect the track ends together in LDD

Model Information (Via the Stud.io software):

Piece Count: 2,093
Price: $931.83
Weight: 4.21 Ibs.
Dimensions (Studs):

Length: 54.9
Width: 20.6
Height: 21.0

Dimensions (Inches):
Length: 17.3
Width: 6.5
Height: 6.6

Check out other of killswitch95’s models.

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19 thoughts on “Type 5 – Lego tank model

    1. That’s the cost the software I use gave me. It sifts through prices from a second hand Lego buying and selling site called bricklink to give me prices on the pieces. A lot of them are in rare colors (That green is pretty rare) so I imagine a grey version would be a bit cheaper but still at least $600.00 because I wouldn’t be selling the “kits” as made with parts straight from Lego for cheap, I’d have to buy the pieces second hand at full-whatever-the-retail-for-the-pieces would be…

      This is partially why Brickmania kits are so expensive.

      I am currently looking into other ways of getting the pieces needed for cheaper because even I don’t wanna pay $900 for my own model…

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        1. That would probably not only take ages, but also it wouldn’t be as solid as “real” Lego or Cobi (depending of the material used and the quality of the printer itself), especially pieces that are under some sort of stress

          But the biggest downside would be: it wouldn’t be Lego

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      1. Oh, I know COBI, I actually have a balistic missile set from them, but that’s not the actual Lego, sadly.
        Thanks for the suggestion regardless.

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        1. I got a few sets from them (In fact in the link at the bottom of this post it links to my page which goes to some of my products reviews for them) and typically the parts quality is just as good, if not the just under Lego quality, much better than Mega Blocks. The only thing that really holds Cobi back is that currently they lack a part selection as diverse as Lego but that is quickly changing. Another thing that holds Cobi kits back is the designers seem to be hampered by a strict “We want this piece count for our set, no more” rule.

          Other than that I have been happy with every set I have gotten from them because the quality is great for a non Lego brand and the accuracy is extremely reasonable given the relatively cheap price tag compared to companies like Brickmania. In fact I make mention on my Cobi Maus review that the Brickmania Maus which is smaller, but contains about 100 more pieces is/was $520 USD… The Cobi kit for me including shipping was $78 USD…

          No their not actual Lego, but given how my tastes have evolved over the years I’m quicker to spend money on Cobi tanks than Lego kits now.

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            1. Cobi already has a World of Tanks line in production, so I doubt they would be willing to ditch their entire production philosophy for a MOC… I have been trying to get in touch with Artifex Creations though.

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  1. it bums me out that im 21 right now, if I was just 10 year younger and I played wot… I would have so much to built… I always played with lego’s boi… I miss that time

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    1. Just do what I do and download the LDD program for your computer. That’s where I build these. I then upload them into the stud.io software to render them.

      I get to build whatever I want, whenever I want, and it doesn’t take up anymore physical space than your computer does.

      It’s the only way I’d be able to built these in college, I don’t have time to sift through a massive bucket of pieces, I need to be able to take the piece I want and place it where I want when I want…

      Both LDD and stud,io are free softwares.

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