Kamikawa Maru Seaplane Tender 1/700 scale


Kamikawa Maru Seaplane Tender 1/700 scale waterline

 

Kamikawa Maru from Kawasaki line.

Kamikawa Maru before war from Kawasaki line.

 

The family of seaplane tenders of the Imperial Japanese Navy is very large and one of great fascination and mystery. One example is the Kamikawa Maru-class cargo ships that were operating during 1930s in Japanese Kawasaki Line. F The necessity of air power during the Pacific War by the Imperial Japanese Navy required that many of them were modified and converted to carriers and seaplane tenders. In particular, four of the five ships of the Kamikawamaru-class were converted to seaplane tenders during the war. These ships really have great performance and overwhelmed other cargo ships at high cruising speed and the large capacity. Only one of them survive to the end of the war.

IJN Kamikawa-Maru after converted to Seaplane Tender in 1943.

IJN Kamikawa-Maru after converted to Seaplane Tender in 1943.

 

The model ships manufacturers have not forgotten about auxiliary ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. They have constructed some of these ships and continue expanding the collection. This has been the case of the Kamikawa-Maru class. Below we show some of the available models for this class:

Kunikawamaru at 1/700 scale.

Kunikawamaru at 1/700 scale.

 

Kamikawa-Maru waterline ship model at 1/700 from Aoshima.

Kunikawa-Maru waterline ship model at 1/700 from Aoshima.


 

 

Kiyokawamaru at 1700 scale

Kiyokawamaru at 1700 scale

Japanese Navy seaplane Hen 1-C. Nakajima A6M2-N for the seaplane carrier “Kamikawa Maru”

 

Name Builder Laid down Launched Completed Owner
Kamikawa Maru(lost) Kawasaki, Kōbe Shipyard 5 August 1936 13 December 1936 15 March 1937 Kawasaki Line
Kiyokawa Maru(survived war) Kawasaki, Kōbe Shipyard 21 October 1936 16 February 1937 15 May 1937 Kawasaki Line
Kōbe Line (and after 15 August 1963)
Kimikawa Maru(lost) Kawasaki, Kōbe Shipyard 2 November 1936 11 March 1937 15 July 1937 Kawasaki Line
Kunikawa Maru (lost) Kawasaki, Kōbe Shipyard 11 March 1937 12 June 1937 1 November 1937 Kawasaki Line
Hirokawa Maru(lost) Kawasaki, Kōbe Shipyard 6 April 1939 10 May 1940 12 October 1940 Kawasaki Line

 

Kimikawa-maru after converted to Seaplane tender in summer 1943. She was a ship from Kamikawa-Maru class.

Kimikawa-Maru after converted to Seaplane tender in summer 1943. She was a ship from Kamikawa-Maru class.

Kamikawa Maru-class technical specifications

 

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

 

 


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