IJN Battleship Yamashiro – 1/700 – Minicraft

Laid down:  November 20, 1913
Launched:  November 3, 1915
Completed: March 31, 1917

The Battleship Yamashiro mainly served her time cruising her home waters doing training.  She met her fate on October 25, 1944 when she was gunned and torpedoed by the US 7th Fleet at the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

This is an old kit.  There are vague issues with the forward amidships turret.  I was never sure which of the two holes the turret goes into.  Both amidships turret barrels seem a bit long as they interfere with either the stack or the aft superstructure.  The biplane float planes are a royal pain to build, you have three floats to put on.  Be very careful with the wing tip floats as they are very small.  If you loose one, good luck finding it.  The upper wings have very heavy struts that are molded to the upper wing.  The fit for the main float is a guess.  This a major short fall of the kit.  I painted the model Testors 1163 Gray and 1167 Tan.  The float planes are Model Master IJN Green and Gray.  There are a lot of small details on the deck to paint.  Overall this is a fair kit.  There are much better kits on the market today.  I am still happy to have this “ugly duckling” of the Japanese Navy in my collection.  I built this kit straight outta the box.

For comparison, I have included the following images to show comparisons between;  IJN Light Cruiser Tatsuta, IJN Heavy Cruiser Takao and the IJN Battleship  Yamashiro (left to right)

 

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