|The Japanese converted a couple of their light cruisers to be used as Torpedo Cruisers. The Kitakami was one such ship with a potent array of 10 torpedo launchers located amidships. With the deadly sucess of the Japanese torpedo, this could have been a formidable weapon, but advances in carrier avaition doomed it's use. The Kitakami was later converted to a transport.|
|The hull is well detailed with lots of sharp well defined features. Most of the superstructure is molded to the hull and has little side detailing, so a good set of photo etch doors and hatches is a must.||
|The weapons are the typical sharp Pit-Road quality and
even the funnel grills look nice.
The decal sheet includes flags and ship markings. They are well registed.
|The instructions are good, consisting of a little history
and several exploded views showing the various subassemblies. It is straight
forward and easy to follow.
|Typical of the water line series of kits this one has a painting guide on the back of the box with color numbers for the Pitroad and Guze Sangyo line of paints. The art work is pretty detailed and includes rigging.|
This is a nice kit for anyone wanting to build an IJN Torpedo Cruiser. It is identical to kit #46 the IJN Oi. Add a some PE rails and rigging and you have a real nice representation of one of Japan's best class of destroyers. This is kit #W47 and has a current retail of $28.00 US.