Part 0ne (in box review):
Japan has supplied J-Ships.com with this kit.
Modelworks has supplied J-Ships.com withthe photo-etched parts
for this kit.
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Jason Abraham
Model rating: 10/10
Sheet on the Nagato class
of the Nagato
Box art of the new Aoshima Nagato kit
Nagato... What can you say about her? She was the biggest, baddest
battleship afloat at the time of her commissioning. The first battleship
with 16 inch guns; she sported eight of them. Even at the time of
the outbreak of the Pacific war she was still one of the more heavily
armed battleships in the world and, thanks to a complete modernization
in the late 1930's, she and her sister were well protected as well.
Unfortunately, like most Japanese battleships during the Pacific
conflict, she saw little action: being held back while the navy waited
for the final "Battle of Jutland" to decide the outcome
of the war. Unfortunately, the only real chance at this was during
the reinvasion of the Philippines by the Americans in late 1944
and this opportunity was also squandered. The Nagato bears the distinction
of being the only Japanese battleship to survive the war. She was
later expended in the Bikini nuclear tests. Her wreck can be dove
on if you have the money to make the trip.
Wowed! Awe struck! This model is nearly perfect. The detail on the
parts is exquisite. The number of parts leaves me tired just thinking
of the work involved; the photo-etched accessories sent from
Tom's Modelworks scream to be slapped in place. I plan to use Onami's
techniques at painting carrier decks when
painting the deck of the Nagato and really hope it comes out! I
am thoughougly impressed at the work and detail of all the parts
in this kit. The track for the main armament range finder is reproduced
here and the main turrets are a far cry from the smooth top finish
of the older battleship kits. All main and secondary guns sport
the canvas covers at their barrel bases. The deck levels are many
and finely detailed.
could only find three VERY MINOR flaws: 1. the hull's port holes
are not deep enough and I will need to drill them out; 2. There
was flash on one part (the hull again); 3. Two of the main turrets
had sink holes on the tops (though very small). Despite these flaws
I still give this kit a 10/10 for my "in box" review.
Pick up this kit and treat yourself. You deserve it!