Chuanyu of China has released a set of 1/200 scale torpedoes to enhance Nichimo’s old Japanese destroyer kits.

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 Recently I’ve been building Nichimo’s 1/200 scale destroyer Hatsuzuki and thought it would be fun to add a torpedo reload on a trolley to the deck. The original plan had been to upgrade the molded plastic torpedo part provided by Nichimo...

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– but then I discovered Chuanyu’s cool six-pack of 1/200 scale multimedia Japanese weapons.

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Consisting of turned aluminum bodies with etched brass fins, propellers, and two types of transport trollies, these simple kits assemble into beautiful little torpedoes.

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Chuanyu doesn’t identify (at least in English) the torpedoes as Japanese, but at 29.5 scale feet they are dimensionally accurate for Type 93s. Also, the distinctive Imperial Navy-style shipboard destroyer and land/aircraft carrier transport trolleys are dead giveaways as to their Japanese identity.

 Assembly is straightforward, if fiddly. The four fins come as a single unit designed to be mounted to the tail of the torpedo and twisted into shape.

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 An oddity of this kit is that three of the etched fins are of the same dimensions, and the fourth is a little longer. This is partly correct (the bottom fin was actually a little longer than the side fins), but the top fins on the Type 93s were shorter in length than the other three. Correcting this small error was simply a matter of trimming down the errant fin to match the abbreviated top fins characteristic of the Japanese “Long Lance” shipboard torpedoes.

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 These unusual fin arrangements are evident on the preserved example at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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 The addition of its etched brass counterrotating propellers completed assembly.

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Set on its shipboard trolley and mounted aboard Hatsuzuki, the tiny Long Lance looks ready to take on the U.S. Navy!

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