Kit Reviews: Kumano
(in box review):
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Jason Abraham
Model rating: 8.5/10
Sheet on the Mogami class
of the Kumano
Box art for the Kumano
and my kit bashing spread!
A Brief History: Up until
a few months ago I actually had no real knowledge of the Kumano's roll in the Pacific struggle. Unlike her sisters the Mogami
and Mikuma she seemed to lead a "sheltered" life. It wasn't
until reading this
on Combined Fleet that I really started to realise that she may
have been the most sought after target of the four ships in her
class. I won't rewrite what has already been written, but it is
quite impressive, so take a look. I never understood why these ships
were reconfigured as heavy cruisers. I guess there was more prestige
in having these ships as heavy cruisers, but other than saving a
few tons topside with the lighter twin 8" mounts I've often
wondered how they would have fared had they kept their original
configuration. 15 - 6" guns looks really nice on them.
I have long wanted this ship. I think she looks nice. I also have the SkyWave Cleveland CL and I
plan to build them and display them side by side.
Adding the Main Armament
is as close to a straight kit build as is possible. The float
planes and launches are still missing and I have yet to finishing
touching up the paint. I will continue with putting aerials
Overall this kit gets a 8.5 out of 10 as she isn't up to todays
standards but she is pretty damn close! The turrets look good and
the only real qualm I have is that Tamiya sealed the torpedo bays.
I am left with the option to paint them black or do some major reconstruction.
Oh well, I always have the new Hasegawa Myoko to satisfy the torpedo
tube fetish, lol!
This kit is a work in
progress and my first in 5 years! Wish me luck!