Imperial Japanese Navy Akizuki class destroyer

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Imperial Japanese Navy Akizuki class destroyer (1941-44)

 

Akizuki-class destroyer from the Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyer Akizuki (Akizuki-class) during a trial, 17th May 1942.

Akizuki-class destroyer from the Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyer Akizuki (Akizuki-class) during a trial, 17th May 1942.

 

From 1942, the Akizuki-class destroyers were one of the leading classes of new destroyers of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) The IJN called them Type-B Destroyer from their plan name. They were designed to fight smaller ships, aircraft and submarines.

The Akizuki-clas involved 7 vessels under project F51. In addition, the Fuyutsuki subclass were originally going to be built to the same specifications as the Akizuki class but construction was more simplified. Four vessels were built under the Maru Kyū Programme (Ship # 361-364). Main differences from the Akizuki class were simplified bow design, removed rear deck house, and fitted two-dimensional air inlet for boilers. However, the IJN was not satisfied with the design. More modifications were ordered, leading to the Michitsuki subclass.

Project number F53. Final production model of the Akizuki class. Simplified more than Fuyutsuki class. Converted 5 vessels from the Maru Kyū Programme (Ship # 365-369) and 16 vessels from the Maru 5 Programme (Ship #770-785 were re-planned to #5061-5076). However, only 1 vessel was completed.

The first ship #104 Akizuki ladi on 30 june 1940, completed 2 July 1941, and completed on 11th June 19,
was sunk during the Battle of Cape Engaño on 25 October 1944. Removed from naval ship list on 10 December 1944.

Several makers have made available this model at 1/700 scale as follows:

WATERLINE No. 426. JAPANESE NAVY DESTROYER AKIZUKI Scale:1/700 by Aoshima

1/700 Scale IJN Destroyer Akizuki/Teruzuki Full-Hull Models (2 Models Set) by Fujimi

 

1/700 Japan Navy akizuki class destroyer (1941-44) upgrade set

 

Technical specifications:

Type: Destroyer
Displacement:
  • 2,700 long tons (2,743 t) standard
  • 3,700 long tons (3,759 t) full load
Length: 134.2 m (440 ft 3 in) overall
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft 1 in)
Draught: 4.15 m (13 ft 7 in)
Propulsion:
  • 3 × Ro-Gō Kampon water tube boilers,
  • 2 × Kampon impulse geared turbines,
  • 2 shafts, 52,000 shp (39 MW)
Speed: 33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Complement:
  • 263 (Akizuki in 1942)
  • 315 (Akizuki in October 1944)
Armament:
  • Akizuki in 1942[
  • 8 × 100 mm / 65 cal Type 98 DPguns (4 × 2)
  • 4 × Type 96 25 mm (0.98 in) AA guns (2 × 2)
  • 4 × Type 92 torpedo tubes
  • (8 × 610 mm Type 93 torpedoes)
  • 56 × Type 95 depth charges
  • Suzutsuki in April 1945[3]
  • 8 × 100 mm / 65 cal Type 98 DPguns (4 × 2)
  • 47 × 25 mm AA guns (7 × 3 + 26 × 1),
  • 3 × 13 mm AA guns (3 × 1)
  • 4 × Type 92 torpedo tubes (1 × 4)
  • 8 × 610 mm Type 93 torpedoes
  • 56 × Type 2 Mod.1 depth charge

 


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