Kit Reviews: IJN
Type "Koh" (Type A) Destroyer Kagero
(in box and built reviews):
Medium: Plastic Injection
Model rating: 9/10
of the Kagero
Sheet on the Kagero class
the most famous class of the Japanese destroyers which fought in
the Pacific War, the Kageros were regarded by the IJN as the ideal
destroyers for surface actions. The Kageros were large (2,000t std
displacement), powerfully armed (six 5"guns and eight 24"TTs
with reloads), fast (35kt) and had a long range (5,000nm at 18kt).
All members of this class fought fiercely and admirably in countless
surface, air-sea and antisubmarine actions, and all but Yukikaze
were gone at the end of the conflict. Kagero was the name ship of
the class and was completed in November 1939 at Maizuru Shipyard.
After the outbreak of the war, Kagero had seen action in Rabaul,
Ceylon, Midway, Guadacanal until she finally went down to the bottom
of the sea at Kula Bay in May, 1943. Mr. Allyn Nevitt provides
www.combinedfleet.com with some insightful notes on this class
and other major classes of Japanese destroyers: Kagero
class at Combined Fleet
Haruo Takami of Miyukikai in Japan has done some spectacular line
drawings of the Kagero and Yugumo: Kagero
and Yugumo details. Those interested may take a look there.
a length of over 20 inches, and in a scale of 1/200, the Nichimo
Kagero kit is a very fine one for modelers. I like it very much,
as it is large and looks very elegant. By doing some extra detailing-up
work and adding some photo-etched parts, you will have a wonderful
ship model. The hull is graceful, and many details are very nicely
molded (see the main gun, TTs and Triple 25mm mounts), and you can
even have a pair of the legendary long lances! Nichimo also provides
buyers with a set of metal stands for this ship. Glue everything
in the package of this ship together and spray it with color, and
you will have something nice for decoration in your living room.
The kit scores 9 out of 10 in my marking scheme, but I have to admit
that I always find bigger ship models (at least 1/500) very "tempting"
to me. Nichimo has been producing large-scale model warships for
over 30 years and I just hope the firm will go on. Yet the kit is
really a good one, and you can find many Japanese modelers display
their completed Kagero or converted Yukikaze on the net. It is highly
recommended for everyone who has the time and the desire to build
a (relatively) large model of the famous "Long Lancers".
last note: IJN destroyers were named after natural phenomenons,
and Kagero means "heat haze" or "shimmer of hot air".