|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.