Tamiya Model Ships 1/350 IJN Chikuma Heavy Cruiser Kit
Chikuma was the last heavy cruiser the Imperial Japanese Navy constructed during WWII and was completed in May 1939 as the second ship of the Tone-class. Her four twin 20.3cm guns were located at the bow to enable unhindered operation of up to 6 floatplanes at the stern. Her design also enabled a top speed of 35 knots and a long range. She was assigned to the Carrier Mobile Fleet with her sister ship Tone. During the Pearl Harbor Attack in December 1941, her floatplanes carried out pre-attack reconnaissance over the Pearl Harbor, which greatly contributed to the IJN's success of the operation. She was also active during the Battle of Midway and the Solomon Islands campaign. During the Battle of the Leyte Gulf in October 1944, she was the flagship of Admiral Kurita's fleet and contributed to the sinking of the USS Gambier Bay but she was in turn damaged by torpedoes and scuttled off the coast of Samar Island.
- Length: 576mm, Beam: 71mm. The sharp form of the ship has been accurately reproduced.
- Model depicts the Chikuma in early-war form, prior to being refitted with additional equipment.
- Differences from the Tone such as the signal lights and rangefinder antennas are faithfully depicted.
- The ship's hull separates into port and starboard parts and one-piece lower hull helps to produce the form of the beautiful bow.
- The turrets feature precision-molded panel lines and radiator slits.
- Parts such as masts and antennas are made from strong ABS plastic parts.
- Bridge windows and searchlight lenses are reproduced with clear plastic parts.
- Metal parts depict anchor chains and propeller shafts.
- Nakajima E8N and Kawanishi E7K floatplanes can be set on the deck. Display stands for depicting aircraft in flight are included.
- Full hull model display stand included.