1/350 Tamiya I-400 IJN Submarine: Project Completed
This is the completed 1/350 I-400 IJN Sub of WW2 fame. This is the first (I-400) of a three-sub class designed to carry out surprise attacks on the USA (I-400, I-401,I-402). One such surprise attack planned was an attack on the Panama Canal in a last ditch effort to slow down the progress of the US Navy into the Pacific Theater. They even painted the on-board attack aircraft in US markings as an attempt to sneak up on this target undetected. The attack was cancelled due to the USA invasion of Okinawa. The sub was order back to the water’s of Japan in an attempt to stop, or impeded, the suspected attack on the Japanese Homeland by Allied forces. The war then ended and I-400 surrendered to the US Navy. The US Navy, after a careful study of this top secret, technologically advanced sub, sunk it off the coast of HI in order to prevent the Russians from studying her.
This was a commissioned build for a customer from Alaska. He requested that the sub look beat-up, and war weary, as many photos depict it, after it’s surrender to the US. I did my best to achieve that look.
For more information on this build please see my previous postings on the building experience:
I would like to thank all those Imodeler.com members who provided needed assistance, and feedback in an attempt to help me achieve an accurate representation of this sub. The only thing that still needs to be added to the current model is some 1/350th Japanese Sailor figures, which are on order, and will arrive in early August. It should be a lot of fun painting these tiny figures…LOL!
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