Gakken Pacific War series 26 - IJN BB Ise Class 

Ise, Hyuga

Review by Tom Kristiansen 

Bookseries  Pacific War
Book Title  Pacific War 26 - Ise class
Publisher  Gakken, Japan
ISBN Number  ISBN 4-05-602066-3
Published  2000
Retail Price  1800 JPY
Subjects Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships Ise & Hyuga
Language Japanese text + a handful english captions 
Gakken Pafific War Series 

The Pacific War series from Gakken are devoted to land, sea and air -vehicles and equipment used during at the pacific theater during WWII. The naval-titles are highly regarded by IJN modeling-enthusiasts as a fantastic source of information of Japanese IJN ships. Altough the 
books are written in Japanese, they contain enough visual information to be of invaluable help for a non-japanese IJN modeler. 

Pacific War 26 - Ise class

181 Pages
88 B/W -photograph
33 Color 1/110scale supermodel-photos
36 Drawings

4-pages Foldoutplans:
- modelphoto BB Ise 1937-41, port
- modelphoto BBCV Ise 1944, stbd.
- modelphoto 1/450 BB Ise 1937-41, top & stbd.
- line-draw. BB Ise 1937-41, cross-sect's. & top & stbd
- line-draw. BBCV Ise 1944, cross-sect's. & top & stbd & internal
- constr.drawing 365mm barrels

The two Ise-class battleships; Ise and Hyuga are the subjects of this volume. These two ships was constructed during WWI and is clearly inspired by british battleship-design. They were meant to be the third and fourth ships in the Fuso-class, but delays and improvements in the Fuso-design lead to the design beeing altered. Thus a new class was born which had the 3. and 4. main turret aft of the funnel. From 1934 til 1937 these ships underwent major reconstruction resulting in the pagoda-style bride area so caracteristic for IJN BB's. Later in WWII these ships was reconstructed as hybrid battleship/carriers: BBCV for short.

The book is softbound with a dust-jacket. The first chapter is a photodocument with full/half-pages photos of Ise and Hyuga's servicelife. The photodocument shows the evolution of the class with closeup photos of the superstructure. Some of the photos are taken from the US bombers that crippeled these two sisters. The sisters settled in shallow water and thus it was possible to inpect the damage inflicted. The photos from this inspection are quite interesting but a pretty sad sight. Most of the superstructure intergrity are intact, but with horrible wounds.

There are some very good foldout photos of Ise as BB and as BBCV. The BB-photo is sharp, but the BBCV seems to be somewhat out of focus, but it still satisfactory as a whole. The linedrawings are good and show the rigging in detail. 1/450 scale foldout-photos inludes comments/info of varoius ship-installations in japanese. The star of this book is of course the 24-pages photoseries from a 1/110scale model of Ise. The model depicts Ise as in 1941. The detaillevel of the model are quite stunning, but some minor bends and twists in the rigging and railing can be seen.
These photos are sharp and an excellent source for modelers. The model is superb detailed and would ensure inspiration for additional details to add to a ships-project of this class.

The history-section shows some of the Ship-designs that inspired the design of this class. Some small linedrawings of other ships as well as early Ise-design are included.
A construction-section with photos/tables and text shows the history of construction. The reasearch-section show the structure-differences between Ise and Hyuga as well as the difference on the ships as they were as battleships compared to their structure as hybrid battleship/carriers. A large drawing of Hyugas brigdestructure is very useful for seeing the small differences between Hyuga and Ise. Details such as 25mm cannons and searchlights are ommited in these drawings in this section in order to see the superstructure-details better.

For those who can read japanese, this book must be a fantastic source of information. For us others it still is a magnificent source of visual information in the understanding that an image says more than 1000 words. This book is highly recommended to those who are interested in Ise-class battleships; both those who read japanese and those who don't. Let us hope that these fabulous books someday will be translated to english so IJN-enthusiasts could fully benefit from them.

This book is available from HobbyLink japan and costs 1800 JPY which is about $17 USD or €14 EUR.

Review by Tom Kristiansen


Gakken Pafific War Series - March2004 (Japanese text)

GAKPW-01 Pearl Harbor Attack
GAKPW-02 The Battle of Malay Sea
GAKPW-03 The Operation In Indian Ocean
GAKPW-04 The Battle of Midway ** **Discontinued**
GAKPW-05 The Battle of Solomon Sea
GAKPW-06 The Battle of Guadalcanal
GAKPW-07 Battle of Rabaul ** **Discontinued**
GAKPW-08 The Battle of Mariana Sea ** **Discontinued**
GAKPW-09 The Battle of Leyte Sea
GAKPW-10 IJN's End
GAKPW-11 IJN BB Yamato Class #1
GAKPW-12 Mitsubishi Zero Fighter
GAKPW-13 IJN CV Shokaku Class
GAKPW-14 Carrier Strike Force
GAKPW-15 IJN BB Nagato Class ** **Discontinued**
GAKPW-16 IJN CA Takao Class ** **Discontinued**
GAKPW-17 IJN Submarine I-Goh
GAKPW-18 IJN DD Toku Type
GAKPW-19 IJN DD Kagero Class ** **Discontinued**
GAKPW-20 IJN BB Yamato Class #2 ** **Discontinued**
GAKPW-21 IJN BB Kongo Class ** **Discontinued**
GAKPW-22 IJN CV Taiho & Shinano
GAKPW-23 Akizuki-class IJN Destroyers
GAKPW-24 IJN Shiden-Kai
GAKPW-25 IJA Armored Division
GAKPW-26 IJN BB Ise Class
GAKPW-27 IJN CA Myoko Class
GAKPW-28 Japanese vs USA: Analysis of Bases
GAKPW-29 IJN Interceptor Raiden
GAKPW-30 IJN BB Fuso Class
GAKPW-31 IJA & IJN Experimental Fighter
GAKPW-32 IJN CA Kuma, Nagara, Sendai Class
GAKPW-33 Mitsubishi Zero Fighter Vol. 2
GAKPW-34 Tank & Tank Gun
GAKPW-35 IJN A-Target & Kohryu
GAKPW-36 IJN Kairyu & Kaiten
GAKPW-37 IJN & IJA Naval Auxiliaries
GAKPW-38 IJN Heavy Cruiser Mogami Class ** **Discontinued**
GAKPW-39 IJA Food, Clothing & Shelter
GAKPW-40 Reppu & Reppu Kai
GAKPW-41 Battleship of the World
GAKPW-42 IJN Type 1 Bomber
GAKPW-43 IJN Matsu Class DD
GAKPW-44 IJN CA Furutaka, Aoba Class
GAKPW-45 IJN Warship True History

** Discontinued/sold out from the publisher - March2004

Hobbylink Japan says that Gakken has no current plans at this time (march2004) to reprint the discintinued titles.
If Gakken decides to reprint the titles, HLJ will notify their customers on the book-section of their web-pages.