Hasegawa 1/700 IJN Heavy Cruiser Nachi
Hasegawa 1/700 IJN Heavy Cruiser Nachi by Abram Joslin
Reviewed June 2017
by Abram Joslin
History (from Wikipedia)
Nachi was the second vessel completed of the four-member My?k? class of heavy cruisers. Nachi was laid down at Kure Naval Arsenal on 26 November 1924, launched and named on 15 June 1927, and was commissioned on 26 November 1928.
In late 1941, Nachi was based at Mako Guard District in the Pescadores Islands, and at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor My?k? and Nachi formed Sentai-5 of the IJN 3rd Fleet. Sentai-5 was commanded by Rear Admiral Takeo Takagi, and deployed from Palau to provide cover for the landings of Japanese forces under "Operation M" — the invasion of the southern Philippine Islands. After covering the landings of Japanese forces at Legaspi on 11 December 1941, My?k? and Nachi returned to Palau and were then reassigned to Rear Admiral Raiz? Tanaka, whose attack force covered landings at Davao on 19 December and Jolo on 24 December.
In January 1942, Nachi and Haguro covered the landings of Japanese troops in the invasion of the Celebes in the Netherlands East Indies, followed by the invasion of Ambon. In the Battle of the Java Sea, Nachi, Haguro and Jints? participated in the destruction of the last remaining Allied fleet units in the Netherlands East Indies. On 27 February, the reconnaissance floatplanes from Nachi spotted the Allied fleet, enabling Haguro to sink the destroyer HNLMS Kortenaer and the cruisers HNLMS De Ruyter and Java, and damage HMS Exeter, and for the destroyer Asagumo to sink the destroyer HMS Electra. On 1 March, Nachi and Haguro and their accompanying destroyers spotted the damaged Exeter and sank her, together with destroyers HMS Encounter and USS Pope. Nachi recovered over 90 Allied survivors, who were later transferred to the destroyer Yamakaze, and landed in Makassar.
Later in March, Nachi received a refit at Sasebo for operations in northern waters, and patrolled the Kurile Islands in April and May. On 26 May, Nachi departed from ?minato Guard District as flagship of Vice Admiral Boshiro Hosogaya’s force for the invasion of the Aleutian islands, and patrolled south of Attu, returning to ?minato on 23 June. She departed ?minato to escort another convoy to Kiska from 28 June, remaining in the Aleutian Islands until 7 July. After a refit at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal from 14–30 July, Nachi was reassigned to the IJN 5th Fleet with Kiso and Tama. She continued patrols of the Kurile Islands though March 1943, and was sent as an escort for a reinforcement convoy to Attu from 7–10 March.
While escorting another convoy towards Attu on 26 March, Nachi spotted an American force consisting of the cruisers USS Richmond and Salt Lake City and destroyers Bailey, Dale, Monaghan and Coghlan. Vice Admiral Hosogaya had the cruisers Maya, Tama, and Abukuma, in addition to two destroyers. However, Maya was not carrying any aircraft, and Nachi had left one of her three planes behind for repairs. Hosogaya ordered Nachi’s aircraft to launch, but before they did so, he also ordered that the cruiser’s main battery open fire. The aircraft on the starboard catapult was damaged by the blast and had to be jettisoned. The remaining aircraft launched and provided reconnaissance during the subsequent Battle of the Komandorski Islands. Nachi launched her Type 93 “Long Lance” torpedoes at the American task force, but failed to hit. In a four-hour gun battle, the Japanese fleet damaged Salt Lake City and Bailey, but five shells hit Nachi, killed fourteen crewmen, and Maya suffered damage to her No.1 gun turret. Hosogaya abandoned the attempt to reinforce Attu, and was relieved of command in disgrace.
Nachi was reassigned to Kure Naval District from 31 July 1944 and spent the month of August in training. Her anti-aircraft defenses were updated with an additional two twin-mount and twenty single mount Type 96 25-mm autocannon, bringing her final total to 48 barrels in September. In October 1944, she was sent to the Philippines as part of a cruiser force under the command of Vice Admiral Kiyohide Shima. During the Battle of Leyte Gulf from 24 October, Nachi and Ashigara were part of Vice Admiral Shoji Nishimura’s force, which included the battleships Yamashiro, Fuso and the cruiser Mogami. On 25 October, after the Battle of Surigao Strait, Nachi and Mogami collided, resulting in severe damage to both vessels. Nachi was forced to retire to Manila to repair damage to her bow.
While under repair at Manila on 29 October, Nachi and Kumano were attacked by aircraft from USN Task Force 38. Nachi was hit by a single bomb to her aircraft deck, and this, as well as strafing attacks, killed 53 crewmen and further delayed repairs. On 5 November, again in Manila Bay, Nachi was attacked by three waves of U.S. planes from the aircraft carriers USS Lexington and Ticonderoga. She escaped the first wave undamaged, but was hit by five bombs and two or three torpedoes in the second wave while attempting to get underway. During the third wave, Nachi was hit by five torpedoes in her port side, which severed her bow and stern, and by an additional twenty bombs and 16 rockets.
Of the crew, 807 were lost, including the captain, while 220 survived and were rescued by the destroyers Kasumi and Akebono.
The Kit
This is the Hasegawa My?k? class kit portraying the IJN Nachi Heavy Cruiser in I believe a late war fit. My review sample is the limited edition full hull version which appears to be a reboxing of a first release kit supplemented with new parts. First impressions of the kit are very good. Upon opening the box you can see several bags of parts made up of several different media. The main bag consists of all the plastic sprues to build the ship itself. In a second bag Hasegawa has provided cast metal propellers, turned brass barrels for the main guns, a photo etch fret, and a supplementary anti-aircraft/boat/aircraft sprue, and a nameplate. Also included is a wood display base and full decals with markings for Nachi and sister ships. 
Sprue A
This sprue consists of the main deck piece, which is nicely molded as one piece, and half of the main hull. The detailing on the parts is nice and crisp and mostly in scale. On some of the deck pieces is a molded on diamond tread pattern which would most likely not be visible in this scale. SprueA1
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Sprue B
This sprue contains the other half of the main hull, and the waterline plate. SprueB1
Sprue C
This sprue contains the bulk of the parts for the ship; Superstructure and anti-aircraft decks/platforms, funnels, yardarms, etc. The parts are well cast and finely detailed. SprueC1
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Sprue D (x2)
These sprues contain the main gun turrets, torpedo tubes and assorted barrels, directors, and associated platforms. The detail is excellent and the main guns seem to be proportionate. SprueD1
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Sprue F
This sprue includes the rest of the main gun turrets, yardarm, and bridge piece. As with the rest of the kits the detail is crisp and looks to be in scale
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Sprue J
More superstructure bridge pieces, the main gun director, and crane are on this sprue. Windows are finely cast and look excellent. SprueJ1
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Sprue L
This is the main sprue included with the limited edition kits. This is the lower hull and all of the running gear. Also included are the stands to attach the kit to the display base. The propeller shafts and rudders are finely cast and look true to scale. Normally 1/700 kits are only waterline, so this is a welcome addition to provide the modeler with more options. SprueL1
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Sprue W (x2)
This is the supplementary aircraft, boat, and anti-aircraft sprue. Not being ship specific it provides the modeler with lots of extras of the smaller parts. The detailing is pretty good, especially on the aircraft and boats. The barrels on the anti-aircraft guns seem slightly over scale, but any smaller and they probably wouldn’t have survived the injection molding process. SprueW1
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Photo Etch
This kit also includes and basic photo etch fret. While most times kit included photo etch doesn’t do much for the modeler, this is a welcome addition to the kit. It includes all of the main deck railings and parts to replace catapults and cranes as well as some other assorted small bits (the box art shows the built kit with the unpainted photo etch added) PhotoEtch
Other small parts
As mentioned before the kit also includes cast metal propellers, a display base, and name plate. These are all excellent quality and will help to make an out of the box build really pop. SmallParts1
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Instructions and Decals
The instructions are printed on a two sided large sheet of paper that is folded into quarters. The front gives a brief history of the ship and includes the painting/marking diagrams. These are very clear and easy to understand. The reverse side consists of the building steps. There is a lot of information here in a small space, so it might be a little hard to follow. Reading over the instructions several times before starting the build is always a good idea. That being said I feel the instructions are very good and progress the building in a logical manner. A supplemental instruction sheet is included for the construction of the lower hull and bending of the photo etch. InstructionsandDecals10
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All in all this is a very good kit and will make an excellent addition to anyone’s IJN fleet. The addition of photo etch and brass parts help to make this an excellent display piece directly out of the box without the need to purchase further aftermarket parts. Another bonus is you should end up with spares of some of the smaller parts to add to your spares box to use on other projects. I recommend this kit and hope Hasegawa continues providing us with more excellent ship kits.

 Thanks to Hobbico (Great Planes) Model Distributors for the review sample. They are your US distributors for Hasegawa.

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