H.I.J.M.S. Zuikaku by Chris Timony




Specifications for the Shokaku Class

Model manufacturer: Tamiya
Scale: 1/700
Commissioned: January 2003
Extras (Photo-etched etc): Eduard Photoech set for the Shokaku Any parts rebuilt: Four supports were installed under the forward portion of the flight deck to replace the simplification in this area.
Manhours from beginning to end: around 30
Currently on display:
Modellers’ difficulty rating: This is a relatively new model and is not difficult to make, but I would have liked separate elevators so that there would be an option to break up that long flat flight deck. Oddly Tamiya have taken a few short cuts to simplify this kit. This is especially apparent when you compare it to the Shinano. Don’t get me wrong this is a great kit. I am just surprised that Tamiya did not go to town on such a famous pair of ships.
Notes: The model represents the Zuikaku around October 1944, in her final days. I have used the excellent Gakken No.13 on the Zuikaku to detail this model and I modified their suggested paint scheme to tie in with my earlier Zuiho.