|Iron lance of the IJN Tatsuta and her
sister ship Tenryu were tough Japanese light cruisers commissioned just
after the first world war and used in WWII. Tatsuta followed Tenryu into
the Second Sino-Japanese war then, during WWII, fought at Wake Island,
off Guadalcanal, and extensively in the waters around New Guinea before
catching a torpedo from USS Sand Lance in 1944. The vessels of the Tenryu
class were new designs intended to lead destroyer flotillas. Long, thin,
and fast for cruisers, their only flaws were in their light armament
This new kit from Hasegawa is a vast improvement of their original version released about 40 years ago. The kit is depicted in its early war appearance from 1941 to 42.
|SPRUE A & B|
|The hull is molded into halves on the A and B sprue. Each have features sharp detailing with nice hull plating detail. Degaussing cables are molded on as they were from around 1941 on. I'm not a big fan of the molded on anchors as this restricts you to displaying your ship under way. The hull halves have interior bracing to help hold their shape. Also on the sprue are the funnel halves and the bow fore deck.||Click to
|The waterline base plate and various superstructure walls and platforms are featured on the sprue. Detail is pretty good overall.|
|The main decks are molded on the sprue with nice surface detailing. Gun platforms, the main mast, and the bridge parts as well as other details. Bridge windows can be represented by flowing black paint into the recesses.|
|SPRUE J, K, L, N, R, S, & T|
|Many the finer details are molded on these sprues. I've left them connected to make it easier to photograph them. Hasegawa is taking a modular approach to molding some of these parts. The main guns are finely detailed with separate gun shields. Boat davits, mast parts, and other fine detail parts are included here.|
|A new improved decal sheet includes markings for December 41 and July 42 (after anti-aircraft weapons was increased).|
|The instructions are two sheets, extra large with painting
and marking guides and several well illustrated subassembly drawings showing
where all the parts go.
new kit from Hasegawa is light years ahead of the original offering.
It should allow you to build a great kit right out of the box. This is
kit #HSGS9358 1/700 Japanese Light Cruiser Tatsuta . with a list price
of $27.99 US.
Thanks to Hobbico (Great Planes) Model Distributors for the review sample. They are your US distributors for Hasegawa.