DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY FUJIMI 1/700

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 BOX PACKAGEThis time, I will make Urakaze which is the same as Yukikaze, Kagero Type destroyer. I completed Yukikaze in the last summer, and it took several years including the neglected period. I would like to build this ship quickly. I make it while reading the Japanese famous destroyer’s war record book of Yukikaze.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKINGAs I got used to handling the photo-etched parts so much, I was never afraid of small parts.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKINGThere is a work, failing repeatedly, it’s very strange. It is different at each moment, this time it is like a spherical antenna, maybe rangefinder, at the rear steering station, I failed by to make it many times. I cut out thin photo-etched parts of the tank and made it again.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKINGParts of the 61 cm torpedo are attached and assembled in a state of being moved on the rail in combination with the photo-etched parts. The screw is two tiny sheets of four feathers, and it is extremely small at 1/700 scale.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKINGEven this is precise enough. When a handrail is installed as follows, it is more precise.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKINGThough there was the part which did not go well very much including the antenna, I almost assembled it. I did not paint on the way and assembled it at a stretch.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTINGI used Mr. Color warship color (2). Although warships are gray and plain, at this stage it is monotone.
(23-May-2018)

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKUrakaze is the 11th ship of the Kagero type destroyer. A total of 19 Kagero type ships was built. In this blog, I have already made the Kagero and Yukikaze. Urakaze means coast wind in Japanese.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKCommissioned: 15 December 1940
Displacement: 2,033 long tons
Standard Length: 118.5m
Beam: 10.8 m
Speed: 35.5 knots
Complement: about 240

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKArmament
• 2 × twin Type 3 127 mm 50 caliber naval guns
• 2 × 4 tubes 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes
• rotating midship torpedo launchers + reloads
• 4 x triple 25mm Type 96 AA guns
• 1 x double 25mm Type 96 AA guns
• 10 × single 25mm Type 96 AA guns
• 1 × depth charges

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKThe main battery was removed, triple AA guns were installed, as the war changed to the final stage, armed change for anti-aircraft reinforcement of defensive power was powered up.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKDestroyer Urakaze participated in numerous operations since the beginning of the Pacific War. It sank in the Taiwan Strait in November 1944 by the storm of the American submarine Sea Lion. At that time the battleship Kongo was sunk by the storm of the same submarine. The 228 crew of the Urakaze was death in action.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKThe chimney photo-etched parts are effective and good.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKIt is the same as Yukikaze, but I added the additional rope to hold the motor launch and cutter, put a torpedo on the port rear deck.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKWhen looking carefully, this kit had round molds of the life-saving buoy in two places in the front and the back. When I made the Yukikaze, I made a buoy by myself, but I painted the original mold properly this Urakaze.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKI tried to paint the gun barrel with thick warship color. The torpedo on the rear deck is black. I painted the screw in gold.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKEven if I say that this is Urakaze, there are a lot of same type destroyers, so is it set by myself after all? Because a ship name may be painted on a side before the war, but it’s setting of 1944.

DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK DESTROYER URAKAZE 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKIt was an important mission that the destroyer rushed to the aircraft carrier and battleship at the final stage of the fleet warfare to make several torpedoes hit. And against the anti-submarine mission was also important. However, since the middle of the war, there were many missions of escort transportation fleets, so regrettable that there was not much active in torpedo fighting.
(26-May-2018)

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