HIJMS Yamashiro was the
second battleship in the Fuso class. Fuso,
the lead ship and laid down in March 1912, was the first battleship in the world armed
with twelve 14" guns. The USNs answer, USS Pennsylvania, was not laid
down until 19 months later in October 1913. As constructed the two sisters were almost
identical, except that Yamashiro had a stern walk, slightly different foremast
control top and a larger conning tower with different director arrangement. They
were built with tripod foremast and mainmast and two funnels. During the 1920s the IJN
kept adding additional platforms to the fore tripod to this class.
LAID DOWN:November 20, 1913 LAUNCHED: November 3, 1915 COMPLETED: March 31, 1917
MODERNIZED: December 1930 to March 1935
SUNK: October 25, 1944 at the Battle of the Suriago Straits (part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf)
DIMENSIONS: (as modernized): Length- 698 ft (212.75m) (oa); 689 ft (210m)
ARMAMENT: twelve 14"; fourteen 6"; eight 5" DP; sixteen 25mm AA; three aircraft; one catapult
MACHINERY: six Kampon oil fired boilers; 76,889 shp; 24 ¾ knots
ARMOR: Main Belt- 12 in tapering to 4 in; Casemates- 6 in; Turrets- 12 in; CT-
13.75 in; Bulkheads- 2 5/8 in max;
COMPLEMENT: 1,400 (1941)
|Anatomy of the Ship: The Battleship Fuso, by Janusz Skulski. This volume is on Yamashiros sister, Fuso. Although not on Yamashiro, I include it because it is one of the best titles in the series. Many of the details of Fuso also applied to Yamashiro. The title is superb in every respect. If you can look at this volume without wanting to build one of these unique naval creations, then you have a will of steel. The title is 256 pages filled with beautiful line drawings, numerous photos and a concise history. Fuso and Yamashiro: Gakken #30. The single best source on Yamashiro. This volume is 181 pages in length and written in Japanese. However, knowledge of the language is not required to benefit and enjoy the wealth of graphic information contained in this extremely valuable work. The centerpiece of this book is the extensive color photograph coverage of 1:200 models of Fuso and Yamashiro. The photos show these magnificent models at almost every conceivable angle. The models themselves show Fuso, circa 1935 and Yamashiro circa 1941and have a tremendous amount of detail. Other highlights are a four page color foldout of Fuso, 52 pages of quality photographs printed mostly with one full sized photo per page that show not only standard distance shots but also close-in shipboard shots, armoring diagrams and many large line drawings of the pagoda towers and platform levels of both battleships. Of special note is a four page back-printed foldout of the plans and profiles of Fuso and Yamashiro that includes schematic layouts of every level on the bridge. This title is a gold mine of information. Mechanism of Japanese Warships: Battleships by Kojinsha. Written in Japanese, this title is available in two sizes. The hardbound version measures 10 ½ x 7 ½ inches (166 pages) and the softbound, handy sized version measures 8 ½ x 6 inches (160 pages). The titles portray each class of Japanese battleship from Kongo to Yamato in sections. The length of each section is; the pagoda superstructures, 42 pages; the bows and forecastle decks, 12 pages; turrets and guns, 22 pages; funnels and stack fittings, 19 pages; mainmasts and after superstructure, 20 pages; aircraft arrangements, 18 pages; stern and quarterdeck, 20 pages; and miscellaneous photos (boats, radar, fittings, AA guns), 5 pages. On average there are four photos per page with some line drawings. The photos are a mixed bag, due to the quality of the originals. Some are grainy, some are blurred, some are dark, some are very clear. Because so many photos are packed on each page, their individual size is rather small. Because of this, get the hardbound version. Since the book is larger, the photos are larger and it is easier to identify the features and variations among the ships. Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy #2; Fuso, Yamashiro, Ise and Hyuga by Kojinsha. Written in Japanese, the title is 180 pages in length and portrays the warships in photos, mostly one per page, with some line drawings. The section on Yamashiro is 25 pages long. The title contains quite a number of interesting photos. Ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, by Kojinsha. Written in Japanese, this title is 416 pages long and covers all classes of Imperial Japanese warships from battleships and carriers down to auxiliaries. The coverage is broken down into historical eras: The Meiji Era (1868-1912); 1. The Beginning second half of the 19th century; 2. To the End of the Sino-Japanese War; 3. To the End of the Russo-Japanese War; 4. To the End of the Meiji Era: The Taisho Era (1912-1926); 1. Battleships and Battlecruisers; 2. Cruisers; 3. Destroyers; 4. Submarines; 5. Other Warships; 6. Auxiliaries: The Showa Era (1926-1947); 1.Battleships; 2. Aircraft Carriers; 3. Cruisers; 4. Destroyers; 5. Submarines; 6. Other Warships; 7. Auxiliaries; 8. Converted Merchant Ships; 9. Special Attack Weapons. There is also a section on Naval Reviews. The format for this book is one to three photos per page on high quality glossy paper. The captions for the photos are also in Japanese but includes the ships name in English. Japanese Battleships 1897-1945, by R.A. Burt. This title is a soft-cover fotofax volume of 46 pages. It has two to three photos per page with explanatory captions. The only drawings are a two page center-spread plan and profile of Ise 1945, after conversion to a BB/CV, with smaller profiles of Ise as of 1918, 1932 and 1937. Six pages are of statistics of the various classes of Japanese battleships. Battleships of World War Two; An International Encyclopedia, by M.J. Whitley. This volume of 318 pages is an excellent overview of all of the battleships of World War Two. It contains six pages on the class that provides the statistics, design history, modifications and service history of Fuso and Yamashiro. The bulk of the historical portion of this review comes from this source as well as the ships statistics. Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945 by Hansgeorg Jentschura, Dieter Jung, and Peter Mickel. This volume of 284 pages is a fair overview of the subject. It contains two pages on the class with a plan and profile of Yamashiro as of 1937 and additional profiles of Yamashiro in 1917 and Fuso in 1928 and 1939. It includes statistics, brief paragraphs of ships features & service history, and one photograph of Fuso.|
The fine casting doesnt stop with the hull and pagoda pieces. This quality is consistent with all of the resin pieces of the kit. The turret crowns are packed with fittings, the blastbags cast integral to the turrets are beautifully done with a natural droop and the open boats have plank bottoms. The crosshatched steel deck grid pattern was found at the DP positions and at various other positions on the fore and after superstructures.
The only possible pitfall that I could see is the placement of the different directors. This is not because of the instructions but because of the similar size of the directors. The directors of similar size have unique crown designs on the part that are also shown on the template. Just double check the crown design with the template before gluing the part and you cant go wrong. Note that the directors above the conning tower (parts M-21) have a flat edge along a portion of their crowns. The instructions clearly show that with the port director, the flat edge faces forward and with the starboard director, it faces aft. The second sheet contains a 1:700 plan and profile of Yamashiro.