Imperial Japanese Navy Seaplane Carriers at 1/700 scale


Imperial Japanese Navy Seaplane Carriers at 1/700 scale

 

Imperial Japanese Navy Seaplane Tender ship Kamoi in 1937.

Imperial Japanese Navy Seaplane Tender ship Kamoi in 1937.

 

The Imperial Japanese Navy was famous by their battleships, super-battleships such as Yamato and Musashi and fleet carriers such as Akagai, Kaga, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Hiryu and Soryu which led the Pearl Harbor attack on December 1941. However, the Imperial Japanese Navy also had many unique and beautiful ships which were partially reconstructed to perform military missions such as the seaplane tenders and seaplane carriers. These ships have also been constructed as a model kits by the most famous manufacturers such as Tamiya, Hasegawa, Aoshima, Pit-Road/skywave and Fujimi among others. They are, perhaps, less well-known than others famous ships, therefore we would like to collect all of available models in this post. First, we will enumerate them in the following list. Then, we will introduce the available models at scale 1/700.

Imperial Japanese Navy Auxiliary Seaplane Carriers

 

*Wakamiya
*Notoro-Class: Notoro and Tsurumi
*Kamoi
Maru Type:Kagu-Maru, Kamikawa-Maru, Kimikawa-Maru, Kunikawa-Maru, Kiyokawa-Maru, Kinugasa-Maru, Sagara-Maru, Sanuki-Maru, Sanyo-Maru

1/700 Japanese Navy seaplane carrier Wakamiya 1917

 

Historically, the fist Imperial Japanese Navy Seaplane Carrier was the Wakamiya. She was converted from a transport ship into a seaplane carrier and commissioned in August 1914. She was equipped with four Japanese-built French Maurice Farman seaplanes (powered by Renault 70 hp (52 kW) engines). In September 1914, she conducted the world’s first naval-launched air raids.

 

Name: Lethington
Owner:
  • 1901: William R. Rea
  • 1905: Nippon Yusen Shipping
Port of registry:
  • 1901: Belfast
  • 1905: Kure
Builder: Robert Duncan and company, Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
Launched: 21 September 1900
Completed: October 1901
Notes: chartered by Russia during Russo-Japanese War; Captured by Japan on 12 January 1905
Fate: Scrapped
Japan
Name: Wakamiya
Acquired: 1913
Commissioned: 17 August 1914
Renamed:
  • Takasaki Maru on 14 February 1905[1]
  • Wakamiya Maru on 1 September 1905[2]
  • Wakamiya on 1 June 1915[3]
Reclassified:
  • Miscellaneous ship on 14 February 1905
  • Rented to NYK Line on 22 March 1907
  • Returned to IJN and reclassified transport ship on 9 March 1912
  • 2nd class coast defence ship on 1 June 1915
  • Aircraft carrier on 1 April 1920
Struck: 1 April 1931
Fate: Sold to Eizo Aoki on 26 November 1931, scrapped in 1932
General characteristics
Type: Seaplane carrier
Displacement: 7,720 long tons (7,844 t)
Length: 111.25 m (365 ft 0 in)
Beam: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
Draught: 5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: VTE engines, 3 boilers, 1 shaft, 1,590 ihp (1,190 kW)
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 234
Armament:
  • 2 × 3.1 in (79 mm)/40 DP guns
  • 2 × 47 mm AA guns
Aircraft carried: 4 × Farman MF.11 seaplanes 

 

Notoro-Class: Notoro and Tsurumi (Skywave 1/700 IJN Seaplane Tender Notoro Model Kit)

The Imperial Japanese Navy operated seven oilers from 1920 to the end of the World War II and the Notoro-class oilers was  one of them. They were also called the Erimo-class oilers  after Notoro and Shiretoko were converted to other ship types.

 

Name:
  • Notoro class
  • later Erimo class
Builders:
  • Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation
  • Yokohama Dock Company
  • Ōsaka Iron Works
Operators: Imperial Japanese Navy
Preceded by: Noma
Succeeded by: Kamoi
Cost: 1,500,000 JPY
Built: 1919–1922
In commission: 1920–1945
Planned: 7
Completed: 7
Lost: 6
General characteristics
Type: Oiler
Displacement: 15,400 long tons (15,647 t) standing
Length: 138.68 m (455 ft 0 in) p/p
Beam: 17.68 m (58 ft 0 in)
Draught: 8.08 m (26 ft 6 in)
Propulsion:
  • Irō
  • 1 × triple expansion reciprocating engine
  • 4 × Kampon water tube boilers
  • single shaft, 3,750 shp (2,800 kW)
  • All others
  • 1 × triple expansion reciprocating engine
  • 4 × Scotch boilers
  • single shaft, 3,750 shp (2,800 kW)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Capacity: 8,000 tons of fuel oil
Complement:
  • Irō: 157
  • All others: 142
Armament:
  • Notoro, Shiretoko, Erimo and Irō
  • 2 × 120 mm (4.7 in) L/45 naval guns
  • 2 × 76.2 mm (3 in) L/40 AA guns
  • Sata, Tsurumi and Shiriya
  • 2 × 140 mm (5.5 in) L/50 naval guns
  • 2 × 76.2 mm (3 in) L/40 AA guns

 

1/700 Imperial Japanese Navy seaplane carrier Kamoi

 

The Imperial Japanese Navy Kamoi Seaplane carrier was an oiler/seaplane tender/flying boat tender of the Imperial Japanese Navy, serving from the 1920s through World War II. She was initially planned in 1920 as one of six of the oilers under the Eight-eight fleet final plan.

 

Displacement: 17,000 long tons (17,273 t) standard
Length: 148.89 m (488 ft 6 in) Lpp
Beam: 20.42 m (67 ft 0 in)
Draught: 8.53 m (28 ft 0 in)
Propulsion:
  • 1 × GE/Curtis turbine
  • 2 × GE electrical generators
  • 4 × Babcock & Wilcox oil/coal-fired boilers
  • 2 shafts, 8,000 bhp (6,000 kW)
Speed: 15.0 knots (27.8 km/h; 17.3 mph)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km) at 7 kn (13 km/h; 8.1 mph)
Capacity: 10,000 tons oil
Complement: 181
Armament:
  • 2 × 140 mm (5.5 in) naval guns
  • 2 × 76.2 mm (3.00 in) AA guns
General characteristics as seaplane tender (1933)
Complement: 324
Armament: 2 × 76.2 mm (3.00 in) AA guns
Aircraft carried:
  • 22 × Nakajima E4N or
  • 12 × Yokosuka E5Y
Aviation facilities: hangar
General characteristics as flying boat tender (1939)
Displacement: 15,381 long tons (15,628 t) trial
Propulsion:
  • 1 × GE/Curtis turbine
  • 2 × GE electrical generators
  • 4 × Kampon boilers
  • 2 shafts
Armament:
  • 2 × 140 mm (5.5 in) naval guns
  • 1 × 76.2 mm (3.00 in) AA gun
  • 10 × 20 mm AA guns

 

 

Skywave 1/700 IJN Seaplanes Tender Kamikawa-Maru Model Kit

No.560 Special seaplane carrier Kamikawa Maru 1/700 Water Line Series

 

The Kamikawa Maru-class cargo ship was a type of cargo ship of Japan, serving during the 1930s and World War II. Four of the five ships of the class were converted to seaplane tenders during the war.

Type: Cargo ship/Seaplane tender
Displacement:
  • Kamikawa Maru
  • 6,853 long tons (6,963 t) gross
  • Kiyokawa Maru
  • 6,862 long tons (6,972 t) gross
  • Kimikawa Maru and Kunikawa Maru
  • 6,863 long tons (6,973 t) gross
  • Hirokawa Maru
  • 6,872 long tons (6,982 t) gross
Length:
  • 145.0 m (475 ft 9 in) Lpp
  • 146.15 m (479 ft 6 in) waterline
Beam: 19.0 m (62 ft 4 in)
Draught: 8.23 m (27 ft 0 in)
Propulsion:
  • Kamikawa Maru
  • 1 × MAN-Kawasaki D7Z-70/120T diesel
  • single shaft, 9,137 bhp
  • Kiyokawa Maru
  • 1 × MAN-Kawasaki D7Z-70/120T diesel
  • single shaft, 8,810 bhp
  • Kimikawa Maru
  • 1 × MAN-Kawasaki D7Z-70/120T diesel
  • single shaft, 8,867 bhp
  • Kunikawa Maru
  • 1 × MAN-Kawasaki D7Z-70/120T diesel
  • single shaft, 8,880 bhp
  • Hirokawa Maru
  • 1 × MAN-Kawasaki D8Z-70/120T diesel, single shaft, 9,980 bhp
Speed:
  • Kamikawa Maru and Kiyokawa Maru
  • 19.5 knots (22.4 mph; 36.1 km/h)
  • Kimikawa Maru and Kunikawa Maru
  • 19.4 knots (22.3 mph; 35.9 km/h)
  • Hirokawa Maru
  • 19.2 knots (22.1 mph; 35.6 km/h)
Capacity: 650,000 cbft freight as cargo ship
Crew: 65 as cargo ship
Armament:
  • Kamikawa Maru, 1937
  • 2 × 120 mm (4.7 in) L/45 AA guns
  • 2 × 7.7 mm machine guns
  • Kiyokawa Maru, Kimikawa Maru and Kunikawa Maru, 1941
  • 2 × 150 mm (5.9 in) L/40 naval guns
  • 2 × 76.2 mm (3.00 in) L/23.5 AA guns
  • 4 × Type 96 25 mm AA guns
  • 2 × 7.7 mm machine guns
  • Hirokawa Maru, 1941
  • 6 × Type 88 75 mm AA guns
  • 4 × Type 98 20 mm AA guns
Aircraft carried:
  • Kamikawa Maru, Kiyokawa Maru, Kimikawa Maru and Kunikawa Maru
  • up to 12 float plane
Aviation facilities:
  • Kamikawa Maru, Kiyokawa Maru, Kimikawa Maru and Kunikawa Maru
  • catapult and deck

 

1/700 IJN Seaplane Carrier”Sagara-Maru”

 

 

Displacement: 9400 dead weight tons
Dimensions 508’6″ by 62’5″ by 27’10”
154.99m by 19.02m by 8.48m
Maximum speed 18 knots
Aircraft 2 56′ (17m) catapults
12 seaplanes
Armament 2 5.9″ guns
2 13mm/76 machine guns
Machinery 2-shaft Mitsubishi-Sulzer diesel (16,000 shp)

KNL HOBBY ARTWOX FUJIMI 400990 Japanese water machine Mothership Sanuki Maru wooden deck AW20104

 

Displacement: 7189 GRT
Dimensions: 479 x 62 x 32 feet/146 x 19 x 9.7 meters
Propulsion: 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 16,000 shp

Built by Mitsubishi, Nagasaki, completed 1939; taken over for naval service as a seaplane carrier in 1941. Became a transport in 1942. Sunk by U.S. submarine Spadefish 28 January 1945.

 

1/700 IJA Seaplane Carrier Sado Maru/Sakito Maru by Fujimi

 

In addition, there were Imperial Japanese Army operated transport ships called Sado-Maru and Sadoki-Maru. These are available at 1/700 too.

 


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