Once again, I fearlessly embrace utilitarian over anything actually interesting!
So let’s take a (hopefully) brief look at something necessary.
In 1937 the Japanese automotive industry was merged into a single state entity known briefly as the “Tokyo Automobile Corporation” before changing its name to Isuzu. Their first product, coming from a new factory in Kawasaki, was the TX40 truck. This was a wholly domestic product, no imported components allowed; this was a considered effort to reduce the military’s reliance on Ford and GM products.
The truck’s lineage really went back to 1934, but in TX40 form it entered military service at the end of 1938. About 1000 a year were built through the War years making it by far the most common vehicle in Imperial service.
It was rated as a 2 ton truck with limited off road capability.
Of course this is the tanker version of the basic platform. It is in Imperial Army colors. No location or unit assignment was indicated in the kit directions apart from the observation that both Army and Navy license plates contained mostly bogus information as part of Wartime security. It is the Hasegawa kit, so I will assume they know what they’re talking about.
Funny thing, it was a promotional add in with the first issue of their Ki-45 kit, so I have two more of it! I’ll eventually have to do one in Navy colors, which looks to me like the only meaningful distinction between trucks.