These are some photos of my model of the the Japanese battleship Kawachi, usually considered the first Japanese dreadnought. The scale of the model is 1:550. Kawachi and her sister Settsu were products of an impoverished naval power striving to attain world class status. In appearance they resemble the German Helgoland class having three funnels, similar main battery turret arrangements, and armor. Unfortunately, the 12 inch main battery was not of uniform calibre lengths. The waist guns were 45 calibre while the fore and aft guns were 50 calibre. This practice had been utilized in order to economize on costs in the earlier Satsuma class ships. Kawachi had a very short service life as she was destroyed by a magazine explosion in 1918.

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Greg Shoda

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