Kit Reviews: Skywave Oi (Heavy Torpedo Configuration)
(in box review):

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

Spec Sheet on the Kuma class

Coming soon:
Model of the Oi

Tamiya box art for the Skywave Oi.

The Oi and her sister the Kitakami were both converted to heavy torpedo cruisers and at the zeith of her torpedo armament the Oi had 40 tubes (20 to a side)! This alone was the reason I bought her. We all know that she probably never fired her tubes in anger, but one can only image what might have been had the Oi or Kitakami or both been at the Second battle of Guadalcanal!

As always you pay more for a Sky Wave model, but the detail is astounding! The hull is represented accurately (to my knowledge) and all other features are represented accurately as well. I have the Natori by Tamiya and anyone who has compared these two makers products in the box will probably note that the Sky Wave seems "denser". I can't really expain it, but even when you hold the hull of the Oi the actual plastic seems of better quality, more dense but easier to cut and sand if need be. I don't know... maybe it's just the cream colour of the plastic, but it sure has me beleiveing it!

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