Hasegawa 1/700
1/700 JMSDF Myoko DDG-175

Reviewed by Sean Hert
May 2014

Myoko (DDG-175) is a Kongo-class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The Kongo's are a variant on the Arleigh Burke class destroyers, but are lacking the offensive strike capabilities (no Tomahawk cruise missiles). Myoko is equipped with the Aegis fire control system, SM-2MR Standaard missiles, Harpoon SSM, a OTO-Melara 5" gun, 2 triple ASW torpedo tubes and a helo deck. Like the Flight I Burkes, the Myoko does not possess a hangar or other support equipment for a helo.

Hasegawa's Myoko kit is virtually the same as the previous Kongo release; almost all the sprues in this kit are labelled either "Kongo" or "JMSDF", with only a different stern and starboard bridge superstructure (part G1).


Myoko's waterline hull is made of three parts; a bottom plate and two hull halves. As has been the practice with Japanese manufacturers for many years, this 1/700 ship is supplied with a metal strip of ballast to give the completed model some heft. The two halves are stabilized with the a large single deck piece.

The hull halves are detailed with raised lines for the hull plating, with tiny open chocks molded into the top edge. Each hull part has a lip along the lower edge to allow for a more positive alignment with the bottom feel plate.

The deck has both of the Verticle Launch Systems (VLS)- 29-cell launcher forward of the superstructure, and a 61-cell in the after portion of the hull. These are both well detailed, and even have the VLS loading crane hatches. Bollards are molded on the deck edge, and the anchor plates have molded on anchor chains forward of the breakwater.


Sprue C has most of the necessary bulkheads to form the superstructure for Myoko. These are detailed with watertight doors, vents and even plating. The caps for the both of the funnels are also attached to this sprue.


The remaining superstructure parts, including the bridge and Aegis arrays are on this sprue, and it also contains the parts to build the lattice foremast.


This is a generic JMSDF weapons sprue, with a SH-60J helicopter, the 5" gun, Harpoon cannister launcher, Phalanx CIWS, ASW torpedo launchers- and also contains the fire control radars and various other fittings, some of which are unused on Myoko.

SPRUES E, G, K, Nx2, and Q

These four remaining sprues each have a limited number of parts; fantail, satellite communication domes, life rafts, whale boats and davits, and stack details for the funnels. Parts "E" and "G" are unique to Myoko.

Sprue E-G-K

Sprue E

Sprue G

Sprue Q

Sprue N

Sprue N

The decal sheet has both hull and deck markings, and also includes markings for a helo. The decals are well registered and crisp, but do have a noticable carrier film edge.


A normal single page, double sided, multi-fold sheet of instructions is included. Painting is fairly simple, as Myoko is one color grey overall.


Myoko is another entry in the venerable line of Japanese 1/700 waterline kits. With all the Kongo-class ships now available in 1/700 from Hasegawa, perhaps an Atago class is possible? Modern JMSDF lovers can only hope! Highly recommended!

Thanks to Great Planes Model Distributors for the review sample. It is listed as No.29 Hasegawa 1/700 JMSDF Myoko DDG-175 with a MSRP of $35.95 US. Great Planes is the exclusive US importer for Hasegawa.