Kit Reviews: Fuso
(in box review):
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Jason Abraham
Model rating: 7/10
Sheet on the Fuso class
of the Fuso
Beat up box art for the
A Brief History: Originally
part of a class of four ships the Fuso finally ended up being the
first of two ships (the other two becoming the Ise class). These
ships were the most powerful at the time of their commissioning.
They were modernized in the late 1930's but were ill equipped and
slow for the war they were about to enter into. Neither saw any
large scale battles until the Battle
of Surigao Strait (October 24-25, 1944) where Admiral Shoji
Nishimura put his small flleet into harms way, facing 3 to 1 odds
against the Americans in every class 0of ship except heavy cruisers.
Why the Admiral didn't wait for the additional cruisers and destroyers
40 miles to his rear to catch up to bolster his numbers is beyond
me. Alas, it probably would not have changed a single thing that
night except to give the Americans that many more targets. Both
ships in this class were sunk that night.
The model is quite dated, but not bad considering.
I'm not sure of the models accuracy in layout, but expect some modification
would have to be made in light of research on this class since this
models release. I am quite sure that I built this ship in my "MUCH"
younger days as I was facinated by how unconventional she looked
for WWII. The towering bridge, the 6 main mounts (most navies battleships
in WWII had a three or four) and just the overall, hodge-podge look
of the smaller calliber armament. Kind of like a "Find some
corner to put this 5" twin mount" and "Can we squeeze
a 25mm gun there?" type of approach to modernization. In fact,
the Fuso sported two twin 5" mounts that were higher from the
deck than any other ship in any other navy! (I believe it was more
than 50' up from the waterline!!!)
Overall this model gets a 7 out of 10. There is not much flash on
the smaller parts, and the deck could use more detail. This kit is better than
the Hasegawa ships of the same era.
back from time to time for when I actually build her.