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Hasegawa Models Yukikaze, 1940 fit

"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 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...