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Fujimi's IJN Kaiyo DUO Reviews
Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: July 13, 2004
KitMaker: 6,705 posts
AeroScale: 50 posts
Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 12:25 AM UTC
MSW Associate Editor Frank Portela (Clanky44) gives us a closer look at Fujimi's escort carrier IJN Kaiyo, and the dedicated A/M upgrade set in these "first look" style reviews!


A/M Upgrade

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Nevada, United States
Joined: June 12, 2008
KitMaker: 552 posts
AeroScale: 0 posts
Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 01:17 AM UTC
Hi Frank,

Looks like there will be a new addition to my IJN Carrier fleet pretty soon thanks to your review. Fujimi has a good looking bit of work there and with an added PE set or two should come up looking quite nice. Thanks for your time and effort.
Ontario, Canada
Joined: September 15, 2005
KitMaker: 1,901 posts
AeroScale: 133 posts
Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 03:27 AM UTC
Thanks Jay and Mark,

Jay, this looks to be a simple yet detailed build, with the dedicated PE and the up-grade set.

It's an interesting choice from Fujimi, and should tell us that they are running out of new kit potentials in 700th. The market of the big four from Japan is for Japanese builders, and all things Japanese will take priority over any potential US, British or other foreign navy subjects. This mind set is founded so strongly, that their options after saturating the 700th market is to switch over to 350th scale, giving them a clean template to redo all previous titles. I'm not complaining, I'll gladly continue to purchase and build these new models.

Maryland, United States
Joined: December 27, 2006
KitMaker: 846 posts
AeroScale: 65 posts
Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 03:53 AM UTC
Great work, Frank! I've been thinking about getting one of these wacky little guys and I'm glad to see a review. I'm very impressed they went the PE window route. I'm also actually glad they used stainless steel for the PE knowing that the railings are the "foot" type. In 1/700, brass always ends up being too weak and fiddly unless it is the "gutter" type, so I'm glad they used a stronger material for this.
Lisboa, Portugal
Joined: February 28, 2002
KitMaker: 5,182 posts
AeroScale: 22 posts
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 - 05:05 AM UTC
Good review Frank!
It makes justice to the model and it's PE parts!
Some parts (plastic and PE) can still be updated/enhanced with other generic and dedicated from Lionroar
We have a good start inside the box