Specifications for the Mogami
manufacturer: Tamiya 2002 tooling. Kit 343
Commissioned: March 2004
Extras (Photo-etched etc): GMM Cruiser Photoetch set
for the Searchlight
towers and crane. Catapults were from GMM set 27 IJN Auxiliaries.
Any parts rebuilt: Modifications to fit the GMM details.
The ship was
fitted out as it appeared as a heavy cruiser.
Manhours from beginning to end: Approximately 40 (Although
the model had a
six month mothballing following a collision with the floor!)
Currently on display:
Modellers difficulty rating: Shake the box to
construct the basic model.
The photo etch is delicate and will not take any abuse but
it is fairly
straightforward to use as it does not require massive butchery
of the kit
(Apart from cutting out the bridge windows).
Notes: The original Suzuya was based on an improved
Mogami design and was
significantly different. The capsize of the Tomozuru and the
incident occurred whilst the Mogami class were under construction.
Mogami and Mikuma had been launched and were instantly reconstructed
order to increase their hull strength and lower their centres
The Suzuya and the Kumano were still under construction, so
it was easier to
reduce their weight by decreasing the dimensions of their
upper decks and
superstructures. Both vessels also received eight new boilers
efficiency. The Mogami and Mikuma had to accommodate ten boilers
in the different construction of their funnel uptakes.
latest Tamiya kit of the Suzuya incorporates most of these
and represents the vessel during the period between November
1939 and the
end of 1941. She had just been rebuilt as a heavy cruiser
and had been
equipped with two Type 95 and one Type 94 seaplanes. The kit
the Type 0 seaplanes that would allow you to construct the
ship as she
appeared between late 1941 and April 1943.
Best reference for any detail work is Lacroix and Wells Japanese
of the Pacific War.
of j-ships.com having too much fun with Adobe Photoshop!