IJN Light Cruiser Tatsuta – 1/700 – Hasegawa

Laid Down:  July 24, 1917
Launched:  May 29, 1918
Completed: March 31, 1919

The Tatsuta and her sister the Tenryu were Japan’s first modern Light Cruisers.  The 18th Cruiser Squadron was based at Truk at the start of World War II.  The Tatsuta took part in the attack on Wake Island and the landing at Port Moresby.  She spent the rest of WWII cruising her home waters.  Tatsuta met her fate on March 13, 1944 when she was torpedoed and sank by the US submarine USS Sand Lance (SS-381) about 145 nautical miles SSW of Yokosuka.

This kit is typical of 1/700th Japanese ship models with the fit being very good with no putty being used.  The model was painted with Testors 1163 Gray and Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown for the linoleum decks.  There were no difficulties encountered during the build of this model.  The is an excellent kit despite it’s age.  I built this model straight outta the box with no additions.

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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