The origins of the Imperial Japanese Navy go back to early interactions with nations on the Asian continent, beginning in the early medieval period and reaching a peak of activity during the 16th and 17th centuries. The navy’s history of successes, sometimes against much more powerful foes as in the Sino-Japanese war and the Russo-Japanese War, ended in almost complete annihilation during the concluding days of World War II, largely by the United States Navy (USN).
Yamato was the lead ship of the Yamato class of Imperial Japanese Navy battleships. She and her sister ship, Musashi, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing 72,800 tons fully loaded. Named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, Yamato was designed to counter the numerically superior battleship fleet of the United States. She was laid down in 1937 and formally commissioned a week after the attack on Pearl Harbor in late 1941.
Zuikaku was a Shōkaku-class aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her complement of aircraft took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor that formally brought the United States into the Pacific War, and she fought in several of the most important naval battles of the war, before being sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. One of six carriers to participate in the Pearl Harbor attack, Zuikaku was the last of the six to be sunk in the war (four in the Battle of Midway and Shōkaku in the Battle of the Philippine Sea).
Lindberg’s Tabletop Navy kits offer a great way to build a wide range of WWII battleships from around the world. Each kit features two historic ships. These kits pack loads of detail into models that range from 6 1/2” to over 8” long. In this offering, The I.J.N. Zuikaku is accompanied by the I.J.N. Yamoto. These models offer full hull or waterline options and are great for various tabletop gaming uses.