IJN Heavy Cruiser Takao – 1/700 – Aoshima

Laid Down:  April 28, 1927
Launched:  May 12, 1930
Completed: May 31, 1932

December 1941 – provided distant cover for the Philippine invasion
December 23, 1941 – covering Malaya operations
January 1942 thru March 1942 – SW Pacific Operations
May 1942 – Aleutian operations
August 1942 – Battle of Eastern Solomons
October 1942 – Battle of Santa Cruz Islands
November 1942 – Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, was damaged while engaging USS South Dakota
November 1943 – hit by two bombs from aircraft of the USS Saratoga and USS Princeton
June 1944 – Battle of Philippine Sea Center Force, Battle of Leyte Gulf, was hit by two torpedos from the USS Darter.  Returned to Brunei.
January 1945 – badly damaged by Limpet mines from British mini sub XE-1.

The Takao met her fate in September 5,  1945 when she was surrendered to British Forces.  She was then towed to the Straits of Malacca and used as a target ship.

This kit is a bit less than normal.  The aft stack and the anti-aircraft deck have vague fit locations.  In step 8, part 1 I needed to sand down the forward part  to allow the gun deck to fit properly.  The float planes are not very good.  Positions for the ship’s boats are also vague.  The guns for the C Turret seem like they are either long or our the mounts are a bit aft.  The model is painted with Testors 1163 Gray and Tamiya XF-64 for the linoleum decks.  The float planes are painted Model Master IJN Green and Gray.  The canopies are painted silver.  This kit however is still not that bad.  One must take the time to test fit and look three times at the instructions.  I built this kit straight out of 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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