The 28cm howitzer employed by the Japanese early in the 20th Century is Border Model’s latest 1/35 subject, appraised here by CHRIS CLIFFORD.
If you enjoy building different types of artillery, the new-tool 28cm howitzer is an unmissable gem from Border Model. The kit (BT-030) replicates the weapon fielded by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-05. It’s packed with detail and a degree of movement.
All parts come on three individual grey styrene runners and superb moulding is evident throughout. Impressively, the inner barrel section has rifling at both ends, with corresponding interrupted thread on the breech block. Well-defined rivet heads adorn the gun carriage, while the cog teeth are sharply moulded… this allowing actual elevation as you do not add glue to several parts during construction. Carriage handwheels are relatively fine and the boxed suspension springs above the traversing wheels look great too.
Above: The barrel's inner portion has rifling moulded in its interior.