IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY DESTROYER KAGERO 1941 AOSHIMA 1/700

It is my first battleship kit. Built in November 2014.

box package of Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700

I found “Random Japanese Warship Details” books, incidentally in the place where I dropped in at Tamiya plastic model factory Shimbashi store after a long absence. I wanted to make one naval ship model as expected. Because it was recommended on the internet that at first the beginner should make one destroyer somehow, I bought this Kagero, meaning of “filament of air” in Japanese, without anything thinking, just taking the model from the top of the piles of many naval ships in a hobby shop.

Random Japanese Warship Details” No.1 and No.2

They are “Random Japanese Warship Details” No.1 and No.2. There are many detailed commentary and illustrations and very interesting. As for the price, one book is 600 yen , it’s reasonably high cost performance.

all parts of Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700

There are few and small parts. The top right corner parts are a common parts group of the water line series, I do not seem them all use armaments and airplanes for this ship.

My only experience of naval vessel is Nichimo’s 30cm series battleship Mutsu

My only experience of naval vessel is Nichimo’s 30cm series battleship Mutsu when I was third grade. That Mutsu was not painted, I put grease to a screw box next to motor gear and did launching ceremony with my friends in a pond nearby.
I put the ballast on the bottom of the ship first of all, and jointed the upper and bottom.

the part like a rubber mat of the antislip called linoleum, Kagero

There seems to be the part that something like a rubber mat of the antislip called linoleum is spread on the warship, now I’m masking the brown linoleum area. As for the color, special color is sold by Creos, but probably it’s OK for mixing wood brown and dark reddish-brown.

masking the linoleum area, destroyer Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700

Except for 3 main gun turrets, all parts are attached. The masking filled the area to cover little by little while cutting tape to a scrap.

handrail, porthole photo-etched parts of Ocean Spirits. 1/700

Now I’m thinking the side of the destroyer is very somewhat different from this box art picture, model itself is too simple. If I feel it’s shortness, I give detail by myself. So, I decide to use the parts of a handrail, porthole and rain cover for destroyers, use the photo-etched parts of Ocean Spirits.
What is this small one? There are only around 0.2mm size? So small parts are rare with the tank model. There is not that I experienced only the etching of the bolt of AFV Club kit.

Rain-cover of the porthole, destroyer Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700

Rain-cover of the porthole, it’s too difficult for me. I was not able to adhere neatly. If it was 1/700, I think it’s no problem for drilling small holes and paint them black. I glued fishing line as the IJN degaussing cable. I felt some improvements occurred, anyway….

added handrails and a bow and stern pole, destroyer Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700

I added handrails and a bow and stern pole. It’s a nice feeling.

Full length is around 17cm, Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700

Full length is around 17cm, like a size of Magic Marker. A size AA battery looks huge. I glanced this picture and the middle of the mast detail is brilliant, but carefully watching, it’s box picture!
(26-October-2014)

ship bottom color, Kagero 1941

Assembly order is different from ordinary ship builder, now I blew the ship bottom color. I should have painted it just after joint the upper and bottom.
(06-November-2014)

Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700 build and painting to finish

According to the instruction,
Commissioned: 6 November 1939,
Displacement: 2,033 long tons (2,066 t) standard
Length: 118.5 m (388 ft 9 in)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
Speed: 35.5 knots (40.9 mph; 65.7 km/h)
Complement: 239

Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700 build and painting to finish

Armament: (1941)
• 6 × 12.7 cm/50 Type 3 DP guns
• 4 × Type 96 25 mm AA guns
• 8 × 24 in (610 mm) torpedo tubes
• 18 depth charges
• 2 x paravanes

Kagero was disabled by a naval mine in the Gulf of Kula Western Solomon Islands on May 8, 1943.

Kagero was disabled by a naval mine in the Gulf of Kula Western Solomon Islands on May 8, 1943. Then she was attacked by Allied aircraft and sank southwest of Rendova.
Kagero participated in Pearl Harbor attack, Rabaul capture operation, the Indian Ocean raid, the Battle of Midway and the second Solomon sea fight of the Guadalcanal area.

Battle of Tassafaronga, Lunga-bay torpedo night attack, destroyer Kagero

In the Battle of Tassafaronga, Lunga-bay torpedo night attack, sink U.S. heavy cruiser Northampton, serious damage three other U.S. heavy cruisers with other destroyers.

wet decal flag of the Rising Sun

Though I thought whether it was a wet decal flag of the Rising Sun, I waited around 15 minutes. It did not come off at all, I check the decal but it’s only a this water transcription type and soaked it in water for around 15 minutes, I did not come off at all. It was only stick-on decal….

painting guide of Aoshima is not so kind, destroyer Kagero

The painting guide of Aoshima is not so kind. I painted such as small parts, bridge windows, the cutters, the motor launch with the reference from the box art.

Should I change the pole of the cutter (boat) appearing outside to inward?

Possibly should I change the pole of the cutter (boat) appearing outside to inward? Aoshima’s instruction indicates them outside.

added handrails and antenna lines, destroyer Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700

I assembled it ordinary and added handrails and antenna lines. I did washing lightly and drew iron rust here and there.

antenna lines are metal wire of 0.07mm in diameter

It is a considerably small warship. The antenna lines are metal wire of 0.07mm in diameter. It’s my first time, so this model is a trial for lining the metal wire. Very interesting work. It became very real looking model….

Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Kagero

I didn’t know the attaching the way of after-mast even checked the instruction manual. One of the legs is short, so I judged to attach like this photo.

Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Kagero 1941 Aoshima 1/700 build and painting to finish

It is my ship model of the memorable first. After a great deal of puzzling for assembling, I like it very much. A destroyer is small but hard worker. Warship model making is so interesting, the next one will be size up a little, I will probably make a light cruiser.
(08-November-2014)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

2 Replies to “IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY DESTROYER KAGERO 1941 AOSHIMA 1/700”

  1. Your Destroyer Kagero is awesome! I have one ordered from Japan. I hope one day to go to Tamiya in Shizuoka one day.

    1. Hello. Thank you for your comment. I am glad to hear that you ordered a ship model. Recently the parts are fine so I hope you can make a model with good finish!!

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