1/700 IJN Japanese Seaplane Tender Akitsushima

by  Aoshima
Product Description
This item is an injection-plastic ship model kit.   Click here for sizing chart.

From the manufacturer:

The Akitsushima was a seaplane tender of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), serving during World War II from 1942 until being sunk in September 1944.

In 1938, the IJN wanted to use their large-sized flying boats more effectively, because the Kawanishi H6K was the only aircraft able to hit Pearl Harbor directly from the Marshall Islands.  However, the Marshall Islands did not have flying boat facilities at that time.  The IJN therefore planned two kinds of seaplane tenders which were included in the Maru 4 program.  The IJN planned a 3,500-ton class tender. The ships should be able to maintain, repair and supply seaplanes.  The IJN intended to accommodate the flying boat by bow-up trim and slope at first; however, this plan was canceled and the Akitsushima class was equipped with a 35-ton crane.  She was commissioned on April 29, 1942 and sunk in September 1944 at Coron Bay. 

Molded in gray and clear plastic; includes decals and photo-etch parts. 

Assembly Guide
Date Released:
March 2017
Package Size/Weight:
29.0 x 11.2 x 4.8 cm / 190g



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