Pit-Road 1/700
IJN Destroyer Hatsuharu
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Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The Hatsuharu was the lead ship of  a new class of Destroyer built to the limitations of the Washington Treaty. Armed with 5 Dual Purpose guns in two twin mounts fore and aft and one single gun mount just forward of the aft mount..They were fast and heavily armed  but these ships suffered from stability problems that saw there armament reduced later in the war.


Length 359.25' OA
339.5' WL
Beam 32.75'
Draft 11.5'
Displacement 1,368 tons
1,830 tons FL
Speed 36.5 knt
Range 6,000 NM
Complement 220
This kit is identical to the Pit-Road Hatsuhimo except for the Box art, Instructions and decal. This kit represents an early war version of this class before the the armament changes took place.
The hull is well detailed with raised tread plate and lots of sharp well defined features. The superstructure parts have some nice hatch detailing so there is no need to replace them with photo etch. The masts are finely molded for this scale. The forward superstructure is quite nice consisting of three separate wall for the lower portion and a top bridge platform split at the window line making it easier to open those windows.
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The weapons included in this kit are from the standard Skywave IJN weapons set that I usually recommend for replacing on other kits. So you already have the best weapons available on the market. The main guns are molded with a separate shield, a vast improvement over other kits.

The decal sheet is pretty well done, with numbers to build several ships in this class. There are ships names as well as a couple of battle flags.

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. Parts are included for an early or late version of the ship but are not noted in the instructions.
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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 kit is typical of the high quality waterline kits available today. It is highly detailed and is a vast improvement over the other waterline destroyer kits originally produced in this scale. It can be built out of the box with good results. But add a some PE rails and rigging and you have a real nice representation of one of Japan's WW 2 destroyers. This is kit #W28 and has a current retail of $27.50 US.

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