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48JN06 IJN Amphibious Assault Ships (Set1)*
cliffordmdeal Fuso-class Battleship Fuso Yamashiro (Model kits manufactured by Aoshima) These two were pretty old and slow by the time WWII broke out. What do I find interesting about them? That's easy; just check out those superstructures! They are the epitome of maritime cool! I've just always loved the way those superstructures looked. They're so... tall. Where the Japanese naval architects got their battleship superstructure fetish, I dunno, but personally I am grooving on it. Geez, I wish our superstructures had been that tall... The crowning achievement of these two probably was managing to get themselves sunk in Surigao Strait at the hands of a number of U.S. battleships who had been at Pearl Harbor, thus providing the U.S. Navy's surface forces with some measure of revenge for December 7th (if shooting fish in a barrel can be considered satisfying, that is).
cliffordmdeal Akiksu maru became the Junyo, her sister the Hiyo..
cliffordmdeal Fuso was a battleship...under conventions of the day no 2 ships could have the same name. "Fuso Maru" would have been renamed.. Fuso sunk by Peral harbor veterans, led by USS WEST VIRGINIA at leyte gulf in a night time gun duel, 25 October, 1944.
cliffordmdeal Ryujo was an odd-looking ship, to say the least, with her bridge running across the breadth of the hanger deck forward, and her distinctive undulating sheer line. I don't quite know why, but I've always kind of considered her a bit of a scow. But lately I've been re-assessing my opinion. She was actually a rather handy little carrier, and managed to carry 30+ aircraft on a pretty small displacement. The Japanese undoubtedly found her very useful in the early portions of the war for supplying air cover for various amphibious operations. She was lost during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons on August 24, 1942. - (Jon Parshall)
cliffordmdeal you might want to check out the Imperial navy home page. photos linked to WW 2 batabase, very accurate. Ruyho was a "Blind" class carrier, no visable island structure. Attack carrier transports likethese never came about untill helicopters arrived in the 50 's.


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