IJN Light Cruiser Kashima
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Reviewed by Timothy Dike
This is one of the original Waterline kits put out by Aoshima, it can still be found at most hobby shops. It was a good kit 30 years ago but a little dated by today's standards. Especially when compared with the current kits that Tamiya has been releasing such as their recent US Cruiser the Indianapolis. Still with a few upgrades this can be made into a nice model.
The hull is pretty good shape wise however it doesn't have as much detail as some of the newer offerings. The deck planking is raised but looks pretty good.
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This is a pretty simple kit to build as there are not that many parts to assemble. The weapons are pretty plain and I would recommend replacing them with the Skywave IJN weapons set, and adding photo etch. 
The instructions are good, consisting of several exploded views showing the subassemblies and the modeler should have no problems following along. This kit is one of the original releases so there is no english translation. click here
What would a waterline kit be without it's weight and flat waterline hull molded in red to simulate the hull red found on a lot of ships. There is a decal set with a flag and the ships name, and of course the tube of glue might come in handy.


This is really not a bad kit, it just needs some upgrading.

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