Fujimi 1/700 Warship Next IJN Warships Imperial Japanese Navy


Next Fujimi 1/700 scale warships Imperial Japanese Navy

 

Close up image of the Battleship Yamato at 1/700 scale from the Next Fujimi series.

Close up image of the Battleship Yamato at 1/700 scale from the Next Fujimi series.

 

Fujimi Next Line of warships model series is offering attractive kits which very unique features. For example, the next line of warships by Fujimi are detailed scale kit models that come in various colors. Because of this, you may not need to paint them. Of course, if you want to reproduce more accurate details, you still have the option to paint them. The mold is high quality and compatible to standard waterline series. The main novelty here is that the NO GLUE is necessary to mount the pieces. Yes, it is difficult to believe because there are usually so many tiny pieces in battleships models at 1/700 but it seems that no glue is required this snapfit kit. Furthermore, stickers are provided for detailing parts that call for small size emblems, national symbols or markings.

 

The first ship model for the Fujimi Next series is the Battleship Yamato at 1/700 scale:

 

Yamato 1/700 Next Fujimi

Yamato 1/700 Next Fujimi

 

The Fujimi next series number 002 is the Battleship Musashi at 1/700 scale:

 

Musashi 1/700 Next Fujimi

Musashi 1/700 Next Fujimi


The Fujimi Next series number 004 is the carrier Akagi at scale 1/700 scale:

 

Carrier Akagi Next series 1/700 scale Fujimi

Carrier Akagi Next series 1/700 scale Fujimi

 

Interestingly, the Fujimi Next series number 003 brings a quite unexplored model kit: the battleship Kii of the Imperial Japanese navy.

Yamato Improved version 1/700 Next Fujimi

The battleship Kii at 1/700 Next Fujimi

 

The Battleship Kii was an improved design of the battleship Yamato. It was also referred as A-150, and also known as the Super Yamato class. The design started at the 1938–39, the design was mostly complete by 1941. However, so that a demand for other types of warships could be met, all work on design A-150 was halted and no keels were laid.  The  A-150 would have been the “most powerful battleships in history” because of the massive size of their main battery of six 510 mm (20 in) guns as well as numerous smaller caliber weapons.

Type: Battleship
Displacement: Approximately 70,000 long tons (78,000 short tons; 71,000 t)
Length: 263.0 m (863 ft) (est.)
Beam: 38.9 m (128 ft) (est.)
Propulsion: Unknown
Armament:
  • 6 × 510 mm (20.1 in)/45 caliber guns (3 × 2)
  • “Many” 100 mm (3.9 in)/65 caliber guns
Armor: Possibly a 460 mm (18 in) side belt; nothing more is given in sources

 

There is also one ship that belong to the Next Fujimi series at 1/350 scale:

Shimakaze 1/350 Next series Fujimi

Shimakaze 1/350 Next series Fujimi

 

Certainly, this Fujimi Next Line is very promising for beginners and experienced model kits builders of the warships from the Imperial Japanese Navy. More warships are likely expected to come in near future.


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