favourite aspect of modelling the IJN in 1/700 scale is
that you are not limited to modelling a few of the famous
capital ships. Virtually all of the first line vessels are
available in injection plastic at reasonable prices, provided
that you can find a good supplier. A lot of the auxiliaries
are becoming available as the manufactures look for something
new to add to their ranges. Even more is available in resin
at NASA prices.
when you have completed your battlewagon, it's time to look
to the escorts to provide scale and drama to your prized
IJN Yukikaze of the Kagero class is arguably the most famous
of the destroyers. As the box art for each of these kits
shows, the Yukikaze was often found in the escort of major
units. The tragedy is that she was involved in the actions
that resulted in the losses of Hiei, Musashi, Kongo, Shinano
Aoshima kit has only one good feature and that is the box
art - hurl the rest of the kit into the trash, it has no
redeeming features. If you want an example of how good Aoshima
can be, then look at their recent kits of the Nagato, Mutsu,
Tone, Chikuma and the Akizuki class destroyers, as these
are excellent. The Yukikaze is, however, just nasty.
Pitroad Skywave kits are the benchmark for injection plastic
kits but they come with a price tag that reflects this.
The Kagero class destroyers are represented by the Kagero
(W24) and Yukikaze (W25). The Kagero kit can be used to
build any of the class in the first half of the war before
the AA complement was increased. The Yukikaze kit has parts
for the up rated AA and radar equipment of the late war
destroyers. Due to the limitations of injection plastic,
the parts for the masts are a bit heavy and would benefit
from being replaced by fine wire.