About the "So-Ki" WWII Imperial Japan SPAAG

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About the "So-Ki" WWII Imperial Japan SPAAG

Post by Theoask » 01 May 2019 17:47

Hi,

I am doing osme historical research about the "So-Ki" WWII Japanese SPAAG. I am editing the Wiki War Thunder page about this SPAAG here:

https://wiki.warthunder.com/So-Ki

However I stated that it used Type 2 20mm guns and then a moderator deleted my entry stating that I do not have direct proof that it used Type 2, therefore War Thunder team assumes it used the older Type 98 20 mm guns from 1938.

However the So-Ki was introduced in 1942, so it would be more logical that it used the newer Type 2 cannons.

For example i found this very good article about the history of the So-Ki.http://sensha-manual.blogspot.com/2016/ ... -spaa.html

Do you have any primary sources or repair manuals showing that the "So-Ki" SPAAG was designed to use Type 2 cannons officially, even if it was a prototype?

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Re: About the "So-Ki" WWII Imperial Japan SPAAG

Post by Akira Takizawa » 02 May 2019 02:42

The main gun of that tank is not Type 98, but Type 2 20mm AA gun. There is no manual about that tank, because it was only experimental. Note that So-Ki is the designation of AA gun, not of tank. Type 2 20mm Twin AA gun was called So-Ki. So-Ki mounted on tank was called So-Ki II. So-Ki is stated in the development plan 1943 of IJA 1st Technical Laboratory as below.
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https://www.jacar.archives.go.jp/das/image/C14011078400 (frame 6)



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Re: About the "So-Ki" WWII Imperial Japan SPAAG

Post by Theoask » 02 May 2019 21:01

Akira Takizawa wrote:
02 May 2019 02:42
The main gun of that tank is not Type 98, but Type 2 20mm AA gun. There is no manual about that tank, because it was only experimental. Note that So-Ki is the designation of AA gun, not of tank. Type 2 20mm Twin AA gun was called So-Ki. So-Ki mounted on tank was called So-Ki II. So-Ki is stated in the development plan 1943 of IJA 1st Technical Laboratory as below.

Image1.jpg

https://www.jacar.archives.go.jp/das/image/C14011078400 (frame 6)



Taki
Hello,

I asked this question because the PC multiplayer game "War Thunder" show the "So-Ki" with Type 98 main gun, and I think it is false.

Check: https://wiki.warthunder.com/So-Ki

As I am editing this page, I want precision, and thanks to your answer I can now ask Gaijin (War Thunder company) to change the designation to "So-KiII" and change the gun to Type 2 20mm gun.


Regards,

Alexandre

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Re: About the "So-Ki" WWII Imperial Japan SPAAG

Post by Akira Takizawa » 03 May 2019 02:17

Though I say to make sure, So-Ki is the designation of AA gun as I said. The designation as tank is unknown. So, I only stated it as Twin AA Gun Tank in my site.
http://www3.plala.or.jp/takihome/Ta-Se.htm

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Re: About the "So-Ki" WWII Imperial Japan SPAAG

Post by Theoask » 03 May 2019 08:43

Do you think that the War Thunder designation of the tank is right? With its characteristics?

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Re: About the "So-Ki" WWII Imperial Japan SPAAG

Post by Akira Takizawa » 03 May 2019 12:19

As I said, So-Ki is the designation of AA gun. The tank should not be called So-Ki.

In SPAAG, the designation of tank is different from that of its AA gun. For example, the AA gun of Ta-Se was called Ho-Ki. So, the tank of twin 20mm AA gun would have its tank designation. But, it is unknown.

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