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Hasegawa Models Yukikaze, 1940 fit

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"MSW Crew-mate Dade W. Bell (Karybdis) shares a batch of images of his fine build of Hasegawa Models, 1/350 scale Yukikaze, 1940 fit, in this "On Display" feature!"

the vessel...
Yukikaze (雪風, Yukikaze, "Snowy Wind") was a Kagero-class destroyer in service with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. She was the only member of her class to survive the war. The attrition rate of Japanese destroyers was extremely high due to the need to use them for transporting supplies to the many scattered island garrisons. Early in the war she took part in the invasions of the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. She participated in the battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, Leyte Gulf, and the Philippine Sea, as well as a lengthy stint on Guadalcanal troop runs and the naval battles around that island. Yukikaze also survived Operation Ten-Go, the abortive attack on the American force landing on Okinawa, during which the Yamato was sunk. Between these major engagements, Yukikaze participated in escort duty for ships in transit. She spent the last months of the war on security duty in Japanese harbors. After the war she was used as a transport to bring home Japanese military forces still abroad. Yukikaze is the only ship to survive among 82 destroyers built before the war. Career (Japan)
Name: Yukikaze
Launched: 24 March 1939
Commissioned: 20 January 1940
Struck: 5 October 1945
Fate: Transferred to Republic of China, 6 July 1947

General characteristics
Class and type: Kagero-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,490 long tons (2,530 t)
Length: 118.5 m (388 ft 9 in)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
Draft: 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)
Speed: 35 knots (40 mph/65 km/h)
Complement: 240
Armament: • 6 × 5 in (130 mm)/50 caliber DP guns
• up to 28 × 25 mm AA guns
• up to 4 × 13 mm AA guns
• 8 × 24 in (610 mm) torpedo tubes
• 36 depth charges

Reference Information gathered from Wiki

the model...
This is the Hasegawa 1/350 scale Yukikaze, 1940 fit. The photo-etch is the excellent set by Tom's Modelworks. The paint is custom-mixed Tamiya with Vallejo used for the linoleum. Oil washes followed by dry brushing complete the finish.

Rigging is .005" tippet for the funnel line and .003" tippet for everything else (that zany asymmetric rigging was... challenging). A really fun build that took about 40 hours to complete. The 5" gun barrels are brass from Burkhardt Masch Kleinserien.
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About the Author

About Dade W. Bell (Karybdis)

I'm a third generation modeler who builds a little of everything (mostly Japanese)- all while being a 45 year old hermit who lives a happy, simple life, with my fiancée (author Jaclyn Dolamore) and three cats. My father was an MM3 aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60), my grandfather was in one of the...


Well done Dade, IJN Destroyers were the backbone of the fleet and you have done a masterful job on the Yukikaze. That so few survived is a shame in that some of the designs were quite revolutionary for the time.
SEP 08, 2008 - 11:25 PM
Very nice indeed! Everytime I see one fo those IJN tin cans with its name on the side I cannot help but think it says "AIM HERE!" Great looking ship.
SEP 09, 2008 - 12:48 AM
Beautiful work Dade. You do such masterful work in 1/350 scale. Kenny
SEP 09, 2008 - 01:03 AM
Nice work sir!
SEP 09, 2008 - 03:35 AM
Thanks guys! I gotta give a big thanks to Mark for putting in the history, as for some reason it completely slipped my mind. Jim, the name being used as an aiming point is made all the more possible by just how big the Kagero class was and how those names really jumped out. Still, those names make IJN destroyers even more endearing to me for some reason.
SEP 09, 2008 - 04:32 AM
Hi Dade! Good looking Yukikaze - and being the 1940 fit it looks kind of naked without all those AA guns, but still it shows the great line of the hull design! BZ Rui
SEP 09, 2008 - 05:59 AM
Great build Dade I really like the rigging. Great detail all over also Bob
SEP 09, 2008 - 08:30 AM
I did the 1945 version in January. A nice quick easy build that looks great with a little PE. I could see doing some other IJN destroyer kits of different classes if they come out like this.
SEP 09, 2008 - 08:32 AM
Thanks again guys. I actually built this rig a while back (the 1945 version was announced but not out yet), but I've been taking new pictures with my much better camera than what I originally had. So all the new shots are exclusive to Model Shipwrights (as with the Mikasa pics I took recently for the feature/ review).
SEP 10, 2008 - 01:38 PM
REALLY nice..... thnks for sharing!
SEP 11, 2008 - 12:18 PM