Tamiya 1/700 IJN Yubari

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

I enjoy building models of WWII Japanese Navy ships.  This kit was no exception.  This is a quality waterline ship model for all ship modelers.  The Yubari is a Light Cruiser.  I have built others and this is the best looking ship of her class.  She is much smaller than US Light Cruisers and has fewer guns.  The Yubari does have 4 launchers for the dreaded 24” Long Lance torpedoes.  That makes the Yubari a dangerous foe in close combat with any ship.

 

Here is the basic data on the ship

Laid down: June 5, 1922                    Launched:  March 5, 1923

Commissioned:  July 31, 1923          Displacement: 2,890 Tons

Dimensions:  Length- 463’          Width-39.5’          Depth-11 ¾’

Fate:  Torpedoed USS Bluegill off Palau April 27, 1944

 

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

The model follows the standard building sequence for ship models.  There are 4 steps of building assemblies.  There are then 3 steps to assemble the ship.  Don’t panic with the Japanese instructions.  The illustrations are very good for where each part goes.

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

 

The fit is very good.  No putty is needed.  One slick trick with this model is the bridge.  There are recesses for the “glass” and ribs for the frames.  This is part A-24.  So paint the recesses flat black and the ribs the sip color of Testors 1163 gray.  This is a very good match for most Japanese Navy ships.  The deck is Tamiya XF-64 Red-Brown.  This is a good match for the tile used on the decks of Japanese Cruisers.  The paints are labeled with Tamiya paint numbers.  Instead of White for the canvas blast covers for the main guns, I used Polly Scale Doped Linen.  This gives the ship a slightly aged look.

 

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

The ship’s boats are located on deck rather than hanging from davits.  This avoids one thing I don’t like doing, gluing the boats to the davits.  The kit doesn’t have anchors.  It does come with an extra parts set that includes anchors that are about the right size.  So I used them and placed the anchors as shown in the drawing.  Now this brings up an interesting question.  The parts used came with the kit.  The instructions don’t mention the anchors.  The drawing does show the anchors and gives a painting call out for it.  So is this kit Out-Of-Box or not?

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

 

I prefer to glue on the anchors first and then paint the hull.  I paint the deck color first.  Then I paint the details and the superstructure gray.   Then I paint the rest of the parts on the sprues before assembling.  This works well for me.  To glue the weight to the waterline hull bottom, I used Walthers Goo.

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

Tamiya IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

 

This is a very nice model I enjoyed building.

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