Specifications for the Shokaku
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. Dont 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.