After the jump, a look at a basic Japanese staff vehicle.
This post should put an exclamation point on my usual “brief” format!
The Kurogane filled the same purpose for Japan as a Jeep for the US or Kubelwagon for Germany. Every combatant needed such simple, light utility vehicles.
This car was used by the Japanese Army and Navy from 1937-45, just less than 5000 were made. Its main claim to fame would be it was the first successful 4 x 4 production vehicle in the world (that means more than a prototype or test vehicle). One oddity would be it was a three seater. The rear seat was mounted almost throne-like behind the front.
This is the Tamiya kit, in Japanese Army colors.