Imperial Japanese Navy Akizuki class destroyer (1941-44)
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 Japan Navy akizuki class destroyer (1941-44) upgrade set
|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)|
|Speed:||33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)|
|Range:||8,000 nmi (15,000 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)|