1/450 Scale Japanese Aircraft Carrier I.J.N. Akagi by Phillip Gore
Brand: Hasegawa
Scale: Not listed / Unknown
Modeler: Phillip Gore


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This is Hasegawa’s 1/450 scale I.J.N. Akagi Japanese aircraft carrier. The Akagi was originally laid down to be a battle cruiser in 1922, but converted to an aircraft carrier during its construction. This ship served as the flagship of the strike force that attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. It was very active in all of the Japanese naval operations during the first five months of the war. The Akagi was heavily damaged by U.S. aircraft during the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942 and scuttled the following day. I built this model in 1993. Listed below are the modifications/additions that were made:

>A “Gold Medal Models” 1/500 scale photo-etched detail set was used to add railings and boat cranes-

>Fishing line was used for the flag rigging details-

>The aircraft engine cowlings, and cockpits were drilled out-

>Antennas were added to the airplane canopies out of stretched sprue-

I am not sure if the gray hull color I used was accurate. This is a fairly old kit but I think it is very well detailed, especially the aircraft. I’m sure its “shine” begins to fade when compared to Hasegawa’s new 1/350 Akagi, but it is still a great kit. I had a lot of success with this model in competition, including a 1st Place award in one of the ship categories at the 1994 IPMS National Contest.

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  Photos and text © 2009 by Phillip Gore

August 8, 2009