Japan has supplied J-Ships.com with this kit.
Modelworks has supplied J-Ships.com withthe photo-etched parts
for this kit.
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Jason Abraham
Model rating: 8/10
Sheet on the Shokaku class
of the Zuikaku
A Brief History: Probably
the most successful and battle tested carrier calss in the entire
Japanese arsenal. The Shokakus were an elegant and deadly class
of aircraft carrier. Seeing action from the first day of the Pacific
war through to the last major campaign the Nihon Kaigun ever staged
the Zuikaku was loved by her countrymen and greatly respected by
her foes. Unfortunatly, her final sortie, in Japans attempt to destoy
the Americans as they sought to recapture the Philippines, she was
used as bait, along with three light carriers, to lure the American
carriers from covering the rest of the fleet in and around Lyete.
She performed admirably and was finally sunk by overwhelming air
I was hesitant about getting this model as I had only seen two other
ships in this scale by Nichimo and both were very poor (Nagato
and Takao) by todays standards.
I have never built in this scale and have built only two ships outside
of the 1/700 scale (1/350 Tamiya Yamato and 1/125 Blue Devil USN
DD). What I was most worried about was the railings. The Takao had
solid plastic railings everywhere. To build her you had two choices:
1.remove the railings which takes patience and time or 2. leave
the railings, suck it up, and live with an average model to display.
The Zuikaku is very nice
by comparison. There are no railings to remove, everything looks
good for scale, there is flash on several portions of the kit, but
this is the norm for Nichimo. I have ordered the full photo etched
set from Tom's Modelworks ( three different sets altogether) and
plan the Zuikaku as a fall build. I will put aside three months
to complete her and expect the end results to look very nice indeed.
I expect there to be some discrepancies in several of the parts,
so with my Gakken book in hand I will set to work shortly. Wish