Kit Reviews: Arashiro
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Kit Reviews: Michishio
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Kit Reviews: Arashio
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Manufacturer: Pitroad Skywave W31
Scale: 1/700
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Chris Timony
Model rating: 10/10

Manufacturer: Hasegawa 414
Scale: 1/700
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Chris Timony
Model rating: 6/10

The Asashio class were built to be improved Shiratsuyu class destroyers and 10 were launched between December 1936 and November 1937. Although their war duties mainly consist of convoy escort duties, the Asashio's were also heavily utilised in "Tokyo Express" style troop transport and supply runs. The Tabular records of movement for this class of destroyers' show that these vessels were sometimes used to escort capitol ships but were really supplanted by the newer Kagero and Yugumo classes.

Hasegawa are to be congratulated for resurrecting their older kits with new parts but they just do not compare with the Pitroad models. However they are half the price and can be detailed to make a fine model.

The Pitroad kits are Asashi (W30) and Michishio (W31) and represent the class in their early and late forms respectively. Again Pitroad blaze a trail for others to follow, but the quality of their tooling means that the kits are over twice the price of the big four (Tamiya, Hasegawa, Aoshima and Fujimi). Where Pitroad have been really clever, is that they have chosen subjects that the other companies only have old tools for so they are not being forced to compete directly with each other - you pay your money, you take your choice (Quantity or Quality). I have very little time or space so quality is the way for me!