Yamato Class


Yamato by Bill Waldorf


Line Drawing from Yamato Tamiya kit instructions.

Information on this class has been compiled by Jeff Donahoo


Models of this class:
  • Yamato by Tom Wilson
  • Yamato by Bill Waldorf


  • Standard Displacement: 64,000 tons
    Complement: 2,700

    Length: 863'
    Beam: 127'9"
    Draught: 34'3" (mean)

    Armament:
    9-18.1"/45cal
    12-6.1"/55cal
    12-5"/40cal
    115-25mm

    Armor:
    16" side
    9" deck

    Machinery: 4 shaft Kanpon turbines
    Boilers: 12 Kanpon
    S.H.P.: 147,950=27 knots
    Oil: 6,200 tons
    Radius: 7,200 miles @ 16 knots

    Ships in class:

    Musashi
    Meaning: Ancient Prefecture
    Builder: Mitsubishi Zosenho, Nagasaki
    Ordered: #2 1937 3rd Replacement Program
    Laid Down: 3/29/38
    Launched: 11/1/40
    Completed: 8/5/42
    Fate: sunk, 10/24/44
    Fleet Assignments:
    BatDiv 1 8/42-10/44
    Wartime Commanders:
    Capt Arima Kaoru 12/41-6/43
    Capt Komuro Keizo 6/43-12/43
    Capt Asakura Toyoji 12/43-8/44
    *Capt Inoguchi Toshihara 8/44-10/44
    Service Notes:
    3/29/44 torpedoed by USS Tunny (SS-282)
    10/24/44 sunk by US naval aircraft at 1935hrs (12.50N 122.35E)
    in the Sibuyan Sea 991 ships crew and 135 Maya
    survivors (total: 1,024) dead, 1,376 ships crew and
    634 Maya survivors are saved (total: 2,010)


    Shinano
    Meaning: Ancient Prefecture in central Honshu
    Builder: Yokosuka Kaigun Kosho
    Ordered: #110 1939 4th Replacement Program
    Laid Down: 5/4/40
    Launched: 10/5/44
    Completed: 11/18/44
    Fate: sunk, 11/28/44
    Fleet Assignments:
    None-not fully completed.0
    Wartime Commanders:
    *Capt Abe Toshio -11/44
    Service Notes:
    6/42 conversion to aircraft carrier begins
    11/28/44 sunk at 1100hrs 160 miles SE Cape Muroto, Japan
    (32.00N 137.00E) by USS Archerfish (SS-311)
    1,435 dead 1,080 saved

    Note: Shinano converted into an aircraft carrier while under construction. 111 cancelled (30% complete) at the out break of the war. Musashi and Yamato had 6-6.1" removed and replaced by 12-5"/40 and more 25mm


    Yamato
    Meaning: Ancient name for Japan
    Builder: Kure Kaigun Kosho
    Ordered: #1 1937 3rd Replacement Program
    Laid Down: 11/4/37
    Launched: 8/8/40
    Completed: 12/16/41
    Fate: sunk, 4/7/45
    Fleet Assignments:
    Bat Div 1 12/41-11/44
    2nd Fleet 11/44-4/45
    Wartime Commanders:
    Capt Takayanagi Gihachi 8/41-12/42
    Capt Matsuda Chiaki 12/42 -9/43
    Capt Ono Takeji 9/43-1/44
    Capt Morishita Nobuei 1/44-11/44
    *RA Ariga Kosaku 11/44-4/45
    Service Notes
    12/25/43 torpedoed by USS Skate (SS-305)
    1/44 6 6.1" removed, 12 5" added
    10/24/44 two bomb hits
    10/26/44 two bomb hits
    4/7/45 1423hrs sunk 130 miles WSW Kagoshima (30.22N 128.04E)
    2,498 dead 269 saved

    Unamed
    Meaning: n/a
    Builder:
    Ordered: 111 1939 4th Replacement Program
    Laid Down: 11/7/40
    Launched: n/a
    Completed: n/a
    Fate: cancelled
    Fleet Assignments:
    n/a
    Wartime Commanders:
    n/a
    Service Notes
    Cancelled 12/41 30% complete