20 Yugumo class destroyers were built as improved Kagero's
and, as first class destroyers, could always be found in
the thick of the action. Four Yugumo class destroyers escorted
the carriers at Midway, and nine were guarding Admiral Kurita's
Centre Force at Leyte.
Hasegawa kit is fairly accurate in shape, but lacks fine
detail. The newer kits include an excellent generic set
of parts to replace the turrets and torpedo tubes as well
as some of the other detail parts. This has gone a long
way to resurrect this aging kit. The new parts also include
great little models of the Nakajima A6M2-N 'Rufe' and the
Kawanishi N1K Kyofu 'Rex'.
skywave make the Yugumo (W26) and the Asashimo (W27). W26
includes parts to construct all of the early war Yugumo's
and W27 is designed for the late war Yugumo's with radar
and improved AA. Where the Pitroad kits score highly is
in the details moulded into all of the fittings leaving
much fewer blank areas on the superstructure of these ships.