Photo Gallery of Model Ships at 1/2000 scale from the Imperial Japanese Navy (Nihon Kaigun)
I have a personal project to construct model ships for the entire Imperial Japanese Navy (also known as Nihon Kaigun or Combined Fleet) at scale 1/2000. I have also a collection at 1/700 scale, mostly done by my father, but if you do not have too much space and your free time to construct model ships is limited, a different and smaller scale may be helpful. For those that are uniquely interested in 1/700 collection, you can find useful the following links.
Until very recently, the usual scale for model ships of the Imperial Japanes Navy for collectors was the 1/700 scale from waterline series. The models of these series come from different manufactures such as Tamiya, Hasegawa, Fujimi, Aoshima and Pit-road. In these days, technology has progressed more and smaller scale with high detailed has changed the hobby drastically. Now there are several manufactures producing smaller scale such as 1/2000 of model ships. For example, this is the Lexington carrier from Aoshima:
Today, I would report about the F-Toys manufactures which has an extensive and variate models on the Imperial Japanese Navy at 1/2000 scale. The original series was called Navy Kit Collection from Volume 1 to 7. Here there is an example of the Battle of Surigao Strait set sold as Volume 6:
This is another example of the Navy Kit Collection for the carrier Soryu:
Nowadays, a new series have been sold with the name of Kantai collection (KanColle) Volume 1 and Volume 2. The main difference is some small details in quality and the fact that besides the model ship they include a card with a ship girl. This kind of ship girl card are related to a game which is getting popular in Japan and abroad, in which the spirit of each ship is represented by a specific anime girl.
Anyway, here in this page we are interested in the model ships themselves and I will show you the examples of two aircraft carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy: Zuikaku and Shokaku. I have been collecting all the model ships but currently I only had time to construct these two ships. In future posts and pages, I plan to report about the complete Rengo Kantai (Combined Fleet) at 1/200 scale. Note the incredible detail of the deck and its size compared with hand:
I bought a surface with simulates ocean diorama. It contains two layers, one is transparent with some small irregularities that allows to the light be reflected in different directions. This visually is very appealing since it gives the impression of the sun reflected on the ocean. The color blue is obtained with a second blue paper layer located under the transparent one.
This visually is very appealing since it gives the impression of the sun reflected on the ocean. The color blue is obtained with a second blue paper layer located under the transparent one.
The above model is the Zuikaku at scale 1/700. As you can see the 1/700 model may have more detail, but the 1/2000 is also impressive.
For those who like bigger scale, there is also 1/350 model ship of Zuikaku and Shokaku.
You can find details on the Zuikaku and Shokaku model ships in several books and guides like the following ones:
I will keep updating the full collection for the Imperial Japanese Navy at scale 1/2000 so if you are interested visit again and/or subscribe to keep updated. Enjoy your fleet !