By Rob Arndt
In 1929, a Mayor named Nagayama rebuilt some Fordson tracked tractors for experimental remote control by radio waves. The "Nagayama tank" was made for mine clearing as well as for battlefield supply, mine laying and recon.
The tests in late 1929 proved very successful and so in the early 1930s several Type 94 tankettes were reworked and tested. As the vehicles were needed urgently for frontline service, the tests were temporarily stopped.
Unmodified Fordson tractors were used by the IJA as Prime Movers for artillery and in the
1922 US Hadfield-Penfield/Fordson half-track conversion
Between 1934 and 1945 Imperial Japan produced several very small remote-controlled tanks and tankettes as demolition vehicles.
I-GO remote-controlled mini-tank (aka Japanese Goliath)
Japanese Strange Vehicles