|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 Limited Edition "Super Detail" version from Hasegawa adds finer detail options to this newly tooled kit. 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.|
|BONUS PHOTO ETCH|
|A brass fret is included with hand rails, funnel foot rails, new platforms and even a new fighting top and bridge assembly.|
|Plastic rod is included for fabricating some platform supports.|
|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. I am showing the images broken down into 8 pages
due to their large size.
new kit from Hasegawa is light years ahead of the original offering with
complete Photo Etch. It should allow you to build a great kit with
nothing else to buy. This is kit #HSGS0038 1/700 Japanese Navy Cruiser
Tenry "Super Details" Limited Edition . with a list price of $62.99 US.
Thanks to Hobbico (Great Planes) Model Distributors for the review sample. They are your US distributors for Hasegawa.
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