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In-Box Review
1700
IJN Yamato
Fujimi IJN Yamato 1945 with Sea Base
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by: Anthony Kochevar [ AJKOCHEV ]

Introduction


The Yamato was one of he most heavily armed and most powerful ships afloat in the Imperial Japanese Navy during he Second World War. Weighing in with a displacement of around 72,000 tons, she was fitted with nine massive 18.1 inch guns and a plethora of secondary and anti-aircraft guns throughout.

Commissioned just after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Yamato served as the flagship to the IJN Combined Fleet from 1942 until her demise at the hands of the allies in 1945. The only occasion the Yamato had the chance to fire here big guns in battle were to engage the American invading forces during the battle of Left Gulf. While the IJN was actually at the brink of winning he battle, the order was given to retreat as they were under the impression that they came up against the entire US Carrier Fleet. What was not known is that they engaged a Light Carrier Group and one Battleship only, which would have possibly been eliminated rather easily given the size of the INJ forces present.

At her end, the Yamato was ordered to Okinawa in an effort to slow down the advance of the Allied Forces. She was to beach herself and fight until the bitter end. On the 7th of April, 1945, the Yamato and her Task Force was spotted. Carrier-based bombers were sent and she was soon sunk taking most of her crew to the bottom with her.

The Kit


Box

Fujimi’s 1/700 Yamato comes well packaged and each fret comes individually bagged. Each Fret was well intact and had no issues with missing parts that came loose and lost in the bag.

The Hull

The hull comes as one piece and has a high degree of detail. You can see the degaussing cable and several porthole covers all over the sides. One of the best features of this hull is the small internal airplane and dinghy storage areas which adds depth to the build. The waterline plate is simple but fits well to the hull.

Fret C

This has the Bow and aircraft deck and the large 18” gun turrets and other small details like a few rangefinders, platforms and such. Most pieces are well molded and have lots of details

Fret D-E-H-I

This has most of the super structure, the stern deck and a few other details. A modeler will be able to easily make all the versions of Yamato from its commissioning to 1945. The superstructure base comes in in three pieces to aid in this. The instructions only show you how to build the 1945 version so you’ll need to use a reference and your imagination during construction but it should not be hard.

Fret J

This is the mast at the stern of the super structure. While it is molded well, some of the smaller cross braces are too close and over scale.

Fret L

You get two of these. They have the Type 89 12cm AA and some shielded Type 96 AA. The Type 89 have almost no detail but as the photo etch has details for these that is okay. The shielded Type 96 is good but has molding issues on a few. More of that on the next fret.

Fret M

These two frets have unshielded and shielded Type 96, some rangefinders and some AA platforms. These frets have a few issues. The unshielded AA is a bit over scale however the shielded ones have divots or holes in their tops due to improper molding. This is a big negative as these will need fixed with putty to get them looking normal like the ones on other frets.

Fret N

Two frets again come in the box and contain more AA, aircraft and other small details. This fret is molded well and since you get four 15cm turrets you have enough to build the 1941 version of the Yamato.

Fret P

Has more AA, platforms and rangefinders. These are well molded and each has lots of details.

Photo etch

The two PE frets the kit comes with save this kit! Both frets are flawless and add detail to those parts that are somewhat lacking. Some highlights of this fret are the aircraft deck, AA platforms, diamond tread for larges areas, and lots of davits. Again this is a highlight to the kit.

Decals

You get a small set of decal with the kit, the set is well made and the smaller decals look really good.

Instructions

These are well diagrammed and while they do not contain optional instructions for making anything but the 1945 version, a savvy modeler should have no trouble doing so with what you are given.

Water Base

While this is a good feature to include for novice modelers, more experienced ship builders will likely opt to make something a bit more realistic. At the very least some may want to repaint it to look a bit better.

Conclusion


Fujimi's 1/700 IJN Yamato with sea base offers a few surprises and some disappointments but overall will build into a good model. Overall an experienced modeler should have no trouble correcting the flaws and making a great build with the included photo etch.

SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent Photoetch Set; Parts to make all Versions; Some Interior Detail in Stern Storage areas
Lows: Low detail on some Parts; Molding Issues on some AA; Too Simple Sea Base
Verdict: The kit does have some issues but a good modeler should be able to overcome them and the included PE set will help this kit build into a beautiful model.
Percentage Rating
88%
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: 430713
  Suggested Retail: $30
  PUBLISHED: Apr 04, 2015
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.23%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 83.62%

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About Anthony Kochevar (ajkochev)
FROM: UTAH, UNITED STATES

I've modeled ships as a teen and started the hobby again in 2005. For some reason I got into the history of the Japanese Navy at this time and started building ships of this navy. I also do N Scale model railroading, reef aquariums and a few video games.

Copyright ©2017 text by Anthony Kochevar [ AJKOCHEV ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Model Shipwrights. All rights reserved.


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Comments

For the price this looks like an excellent kit! Things fade after 30 years but I recall of the 1/700 Waterline series, I usually preferred Fujimi over the other Big Four.
APR 04, 2015 - 04:05 AM
Nice added etch with this! Despite the few things Anthony brought up, it looks like something worth plating around with at some point! I'll have to add it to the list!! .
APR 04, 2015 - 12:32 PM
I seem to recall, probably 40 years ago there was a kit of the yamato that was massive something like 4-5 ft long! Always longed to build that but was a poor kid.
APR 04, 2015 - 12:51 PM
You have the 1/200 version now to look for Chris! Comes in around 51 inches in length! Of course big size still means big price!!
APR 06, 2015 - 07:37 AM
The attenpt to put a comment direct under the review went wrong so here it is: Agree with the review, got the full hull version, without PEs. The kit is not bad but it has a lot of sinkholes, not only on the small stuff, but on the hull sides as well. Will be a challenge to correct this.
MAY 21, 2015 - 11:07 PM
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