Kit Reviews: Skywave Maya (1944)
(in box review):


Manufacturer: SkyWave
Scale: 1/700
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Jason Abraham
Model rating: 10/10

Spec Sheet on the Takao class

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Models of the Maya


Sky Wave Maya box art

I can't wait to build her, but I must. So I give you my "In Box" review.

A Brief History: Part of the Takao class of heavy cruisers all four served with distinction until their... well... extinction. In 1943 due to damage sustained the Maya had her third twin 8" mount removed and replaced by 2 twin 5" DP guns and a number of 25mm mounts. She was a beautiful ship in both her configurations. She along with most of her class was sunk, or heavily damaged, by torpedoes from the American submarines Dace and Darter while en route to the IJNs last large scale showing in the Pacific War. Only the Chokai survived the torpedo attack that day unscathed and she was sunk two days later.

What can you say about perfection except that it is perfect. Arguably the best injection molded version of this ship (only the new Aoshima mold can compare). The parts are finely detailed and the fit is excellent. SkyWave has really done their homework on producing this ship.

Tried scanning the parts and I think it came out nice!

Overall this model gets a 9.5 out of 10. The only reason why the Maya by Skywave didn't get a 10 out of 10 is the price. The Aoshima new tooling of their kit is quite cheaper and the quality (I hear) is at, or very near, Skywaves.

Look back from time to time for when I actually build her.