Suzutzuki in 1:350
About the last thing I did in 2009, was to finish the Susutzuki in 1:350 from Monochrome.
The Suzutsuki was the third ship of the Akizuki class destroyers, the class generally considered to be the best class of the japanese destroyers. Compared to the earlier classes, they were more defensive ships. They carried four torpedo tubes plus four reloads, half of what the earlier classes carried. On the other hand, considering that the reloading could be done very quickly, their eight torpedoes were just as many as any US destroyer carried.
The main improvement over the earlier classes was the artillery. Their 10 cm multi purpose double mounts were considered the best heavy AA guns of the japanese navy.
The Suzutsuki was compleded on the 20 Dec. 1942. She then did mostly escort duties.
On 15 Jan. 1943 she was hit by two torpedoes from USS Sturgeon. Her bow and stern were blown off and 135 men were killed, but she stayed afloat and was towed to Kure Naval Yard for repairs.
She went on doing escort duties until the 16 Oct when she was hit by a torpedo from the USS Besugo. Again a portion of the bow was lost, but she reached Kure and was repaired.
On 7 April 1945 she took a direct bomb hit forward while escorting the Yamato on her last mission. The forward turret was knocked out, the bow flooded and 57 men were killed, but she stayed afloat and returned to harbour stern first.
By the end of the war she was laying unprepared in Sasebo, used as a floating AA battery.
After the war she was used as a breakwater and then broken up.
The kit from Monochrome is excellent. For one thing the hull is in one piece, which is always popular in this shipyard.
Apart from scratchbuilding the funnel grills and doing some improvement to the midships AA platform, and scratchbuilding part of the masts, the build was very straight forward.
I had plenty of PE left over from the Takao that I used on the light AA and for the cable rolls.
Building cable rolls prom PE and rolling them with sewing thread is tedious and unrewarding work. It’s very hard to get them straight and symmetrical. Luckily, these flaws aren’t very noticeable once the rolls are in place.
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