IJN Yamato Tamiya NEW tooling 1/350
The IJN Yamato is the largest Battleship ever built in the history of naval warfare, and together with the DKM Bismarck and HMS Hood, are probably the most famous of all. She was commissioned 72 years ago, on Dec 16, 1941, just after the pacific war had commenced, and was sunk on April 7, 1945 by the Americans on her final voyage to Okinawa. It is amazing that her name was NEVER publicized during this period and so her brief combat career came to pass without the general Japanese public ever knowing of her existence at all.
Yamato's main battery consisted of nine 46 cm (18.1 in) 45 Caliber Type 94 naval guns—the largest caliber of naval artillery ever fitted to a warship. Each gun was 21.13 metres (69.3 ft) long, weighed 147.3 tonnes (162.4 short tons), and was capable of firing high explosive or armor piercing shells 42 kilometres (26 mi).
Her secondary battery comprised twelve 155-millimetre (6.1 in) guns mounted originally in four triple turrets (one forward, one aft, two midships), and twelve 127-millimetre (5.0 in) guns in six twin mounts (three on each side amidships). These turrets had been taken off the Mogami class cruisers when those vessels were converted to a main armament of 8 inch guns.
In addition, Yamato carried twenty-four 25-millimetre (0.98 in) anti-aircraft guns, primarily mounted amidships. When refitted in 1944 and 1945 for naval engagements in the South Pacific, the secondary battery configuration was changed to six 155 mm guns and twenty four 127 mm guns, and the number of 25 mm anti-aircraft guns was increased to 162.
This new tooling by Tamiya is in a simple word "astonishing". The fit, detail, engineer and overall shape is second to none among the ship model kits. (probably the Scharnhorst from Dragon and Revel's Bismarck belong to the same category) It seems Tamiya spend a long time investigating and studying everything about this famous ship and they did an amazing job. The Kit comes with a very nice photo etched detail set and I've added also the wooden deck from Pontos Model, the metal gun barrels set by Tamiya and the railing set also by Tamiya, which consisted in hundred of perforated metal post and thin cooper wire. (probably the most tedious thing I've ever done) I've put some extra scratch detail on the lifeboats and I've replaced the planes canopy for thin wire.
I hope you guys like it!.