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.
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.
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!