Japan has supplied J-Ships.com with this kit.
Modelworks has supplied J-Ships.com withthe photo-etched parts
for this kit.
Medium: Plastic Injection
Reviewer: Jason Abraham
Model rating: 9/10
Sheet on the Taiho class
of the Taiho
A Brief History: Probably
the best designed aircraft carrier the Japanese ever put to sea.
The Taiho was in essence an improved Shokaku class ship. She was
the first Japanese carrier to incorporate an enclosed "hurricane"
bow and an armored flight deck. She was large and fast, although
the limited hangar space inherent with an armored flight deck meant
that she could carry fewer aircraft than other conventional fleet
carriers. Although she incorporated many lessons learnt one of the
most important one was neglected: an open hangar configuration.
She was destroyed by a single torpedo just before she was to see
her baptism of fire. The torpedo ruptured the avgas lines and the
fume filled her armored box hangars. They ignighted and the ship
blew up. Mind you, hindsight is 20-20!
An interesting story:
Apparently an aviator who had just cleared the deck of the Taiho
saw the torpedo wake and attempted to crash his plane into the torpedo
to save the ship! We all know how that turned out.
Still a very good kit
despite it's age. Tamiya has produced quality for as long as I can
remember and this is proven again with this mold. No flash, the
parts dry fit together very well and the detail is top notch. The
only vise I have with this kit is the main AA weapon detailing.
The Taiho was the only fleet carrier to carry the superb 3.9"
gun. The first thing I did upon opening the kit was inspect these
mounts. They are pretty dismal in the detail department. Maybe I
can cannibalize a Skywave detail set for the main AA suite...