Kit Reviews: Zuiho
(in box review):

Manufacturer: Hasegawa
Scale: 1/700
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Jason Abraham
Model rating: 9.5/10

Spec Sheet on the Zuiho class

Hasegawa Zuiho by Chris Timony

Box art of the Zuiho

One of my personal favorites. The Zuiho was as tenacious as a light carrier could have been throughout her career. The images of her final fight in the Battle off Samar (October 25, 1944) show a sleek and fast ship turning to avoid bombs and torpedoes and has always demanded my respect.

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Being that she is one of my favorites I began building her as soon as I got her! But, since my Air Brush is STILL out of commission, I was forced to stay my hand before I built too far.

This kit is amazing! I have not had the option to see any kits released in the last 4 years or so. The direction the molding technology is going in is a good one! Crisp detail and excellent molds make for pure bliss when I began "pseudo-building" this ship. The flight deck comes in two pieces which vexed me for a few minutes until I realized that this was so the Shoho's shorter flightdeck could be substitued for the Shoho kit. I would have liked to have seen a full flight deck to save me the puttying, but I'll live :)

Overall this model gets a 9.5 out of 10. There are no major flaws (or minor for that matter) and the only thing that kept this kit from getting a perfect 10 was the two piece flight deck. Buy yourself this ship and enjoy as she comes together flawlessly,

Look back from time to time for when I actualy finish building her.