Who Would Actually Give a Military Tank to Their Kid for a Birthday Present?

What do most 6-year-olds get for their birthdays? Some sports equipment? A computer? A trip to Disneyland?

Jian Lin had a different idea for his son’s sixth birthday. The former Chinese navy officer built a makeshift three-tonne tank, complete with a gun turret, as a gift for his child.

“I want to realise my dream and give my son a cool toy,” Jian Lin, from Mianzhu village in Sichuan province, told the Chengdu Economic Daily.

Basing his design on the People’s Liberation Army’s Type 63A light tank, Jian spent just two months creating a fully functioning replica, using wheels from a tractor, the engine from a truck, along with a refitted gearbox. The project cost him 40,000 yuan (about $6,400). It measures 4.5 meters long and 2.1 meters high.

The 31-year-old Jian worked as a navy maintenance officer of an unmanned aircraft in Qingdao, a two hour flight from Sichuan’s capital of Chengdu. He retired from the service and worked as a truck driver for a while, but got rid of his truck after the Lunar New Year in January. Left with plenty of free time, he came up with the idea of building a tank for his child.

Of course! Lots of unemployed people think about building military tanks for their children!

Apparently it was hard to keep a full-size military tank under wraps, but 31-year-old Jian said all the work was worth it when he finally pulled off the covers of the vehicle and showed it to his son at their home in the village of Mianzhu in China’s Sichuan province.

You can see a photo of the tank by clicking here.

Not surprisingly, the tank is not authorized for use on the road, so Jian (not his son) had to be content driving it around a field. He gave a demonstration of its firepower by sending a few rounds into the air that he insists were entirely safe – and perfectly appropriate for a child to play with.

Really? I wonder what mom has to say about this three-tonne gift for her young son?

The story makes me think that there should be mandatory classes for people before they become parents. What on earth was Jian thinking, giving his son a high-powered military tank? He wanted to give the child a “cool” birthday present; having his son like him appears to be much more important than behaving like a responsible parent.

Remember the 14-year-old who accidentally shot himself in the leg with the gun his father gave him for Christmas? Not to mention the many toddlers who helped themselves to readily available guns, and then shot and killed several people.

And of course we can think back to December 14, 2012, the day that saw the murder of twenty children and six adult staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The shooter, twenty-year-old Adam Lanza also killed his mother Nancy, who had given her son (whom she knew to be mentally unstable) access to an astonishing array of weapons, including high caliber rifles, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, samurai swords, a bayonet and knives.

Parents, please stopping giving your kids lethal weapons for Christmas or birthdays.

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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

Bonus: It can't be returned.

Paola Ballanti
Paola Ballanti3 years ago


Rehana VN
Rehana V3 years ago


John W.
.3 years ago

I think it was an awesome toy, so long as the boy is supervised!

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you

Donna F.
Donna F3 years ago


Dennis D.
Past Member 3 years ago

Well, I do not think that I would build my son a functioning tank. Though I have bought him the usual green plastic solders and plastic very small scale tanks and jeeps.

The fully functioning tank. Well that might be my toy.. Especially, if I were part of the reenactment community.

Michael T.
Michael T3 years ago

I think there are some extreme kneejerk opinions here about this subject.

I am one of the most non-violent people around. I am against War of any kind, as generally the reasons for going to war are stupid especially in regard to the US, which has used false flags to start wars (Gulf of Tonkin, WMD etc) with other purposes and agendas than told to the public. In this age diplomacy should be the method of handling international disputes. Sometimes one most go to war to defend oneself. That is the closes it comes to being justified.

When I was growing up I played with toy soldiers, my father even fashioned a rifle out of wood for when we played at being soldiers on a larger scale. Other kids parents had bought them plastic tommy guns or pistols.

None of us, to my knowledge ended up going to schools or shopping malls to really shoot people.

But there are kids for which this isn't as safe and innocuous as we can tell by what is and has been happening in our society. What is more important is that these kids be identified and treated clinically for the maniacal behaviors, and that they be deprived of access to real weapons.

Nor is it necessary for people, as citizens, to have access to high capacity magazines. There really isn't any sport in gunning down a deer or antelope with that kind of rapid fire capacity. Hunting for sport isn't an excuse to have access to such abilities to kill excessively, as some will claim they as citizens have a right to such magazines.

Shalvah Landy
Past Member 3 years ago

This is more serious than "just" a toy for a child, he sold his truck and built a tank- what else does he have in mind? I'd be very concerned if I was his neighbour!