The 25mm Type 96 was the standard Japanese medium anti-aircraft weapon of the Imperial Japanese Navy and was it was fitted in at least one configuration to just
about every ship in the fleet. This gun was a locally built variant of French Hotchkiss 25mm anti-aircraft gun and was fitted on mounts in a single, double or triple
configuration. The Japanese made a number of minor changes to the original Hotchkiss design, changing some components from forgings to castings to simplify
production. A German designed Rheinmetall flash suppressor was also added. A submarine-mountable version of the gun was also produced, which made extensive
use of stainless steel. The double mount type was the first to enter service in the 1936, with triple mounts following in 1941 and single mounts in 1943. In theory, the
gun could fire 200 to 260 rounds per minute, however the rate of fire was seriously degraded by the fact that the gun was fed by a 15 round magazine and it took
time to replace the magazine when expended.

Infini Models has produced a suite of 1:350 scale Type 96 guns comprised of photo-etch and turned brass components for all three versions of the mounts. Infini
Models also a photo-etch set to build the ammunition lockers to store those 15 round magazines. The photo-etch brass for all four accessory sets are beautifully done
with excellent relief etching that really make the details pop. Part numbers are etched into the brass fret for easier identification and cross-reference to the assembly
guides. The turned brass parts are very well done also with great detail. To be honest, my photos really don’t do them justice.
Type 96 25mm Single Mounts (IMP-35005R1) - This set provides enough parts to assemble a total of 30 single mounts. The turned brass parts are done in a
clever manner as the barrel and pedestal are one piece which requires you to clip the parts apart. The photo-etch has the parts for the cradle, shoulder harnesses and
other small details.
Type 96 25mm Twin Mounts (IMP-35006R1) - This set provides enough parts to assemble a total of 15 twin mounts. The photo-etch has the parts for the
cradle, the mount, gunner seats, gunner sights, ammo clips and other small details. Optional shields are provided for those installations that had them. A bag of 30
turned brass barrels are included.
Type 96 25mm Triple Mounts (IMP-35007R1) - This set provides enough parts to assemble a total of 15 triple mounts. The photo-etch has the parts for the
cradle, elevation cog, the mount, gunner seats, gunner sights, ammo clips and other small details. Similarly to the twin mounts, optional shields are provided for
those installations that had them. A bag of 45 turned brass barrels are included.
Type 96 25mm Triple Ammunition Boxes (IMP-35008R1) - This set provides enough parts to make storage boxes/lockers in two styles. Style A, which
opens up like a large lunch box, comes with two varieties – open and closed. You get enough parts to make 56 of the open version and 30 of the closed
version. Style B, which opens like a trunk, gives you the option to have them opened or closed and you get enough to build 63 pieces.
Regardless of which set you purchase, the same set of assembly instructions are provided which cover all four sets. The instructions have full color photos
showing the assembly and placement of all the parts needed to make each style of mount or locker and the layout is very logical.

These sets from Infini Models will allow you to build highly detailed 1:350 scale Type 96 25mm guns whether they are single, twin or triple mounts. Each gun is a
mini kit on its own and because of this I would recommend it for modelers with experience working with photo-etch. Even the ammo lockers are detailed but not
as challenging to make as the guns. Whichever set or combination of sets you choose to replace kit parts, you can’t go wrong as they will add a lot of extra detail
to your model. My thanks to Infini Models for the samples.
Felix Bustelo
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