Kit Reviews: Yukikaze
(in box review):




Kit Reviews: Yukikaze
(in box review):

Kit Reviews: Yukikaze
(in box review):

Manufacturer: Pitroad Skywave W25
Scale: 1/700
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Chris Timony
Model rating: 10/10

Manufacturer: Aoshima 421
Scale: 1/700
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Chris Timony
Model rating: 1/10

My 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.

So when you have completed your battlewagon, it's time to look to the escorts to provide scale and drama to your prized model!

The 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 and Yamato.

The 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.

The 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.