The appearance of the aircraft carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy was totally unlike those of other navies. Not only was the overall appearance distinctive but also the IJN had different concepts for common place fittings like searchlights. Of all of the fittings found on Japanese aircraft carriers, one that would probably not leap to mind is the blackboard. A blackboard on the island of the carrier? However, with the brass photo-etch detail set LE-700015 from Lion Roar in 1:700 scale you get not one but two scale blackboards for your Japanese carriers. Those are only two of the exotic parts found on this unique fret. Japanese carriers often had equipment, such as searchlights, that could be retracted from the flight deck during flight operations and extended at night, when there was no flight operations. Lion Roar also addresses this overlooked detail with this fret.

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The two largest assemblies are deck wind breaks for the carriers Hiryu and Junyo. These are spectacular assemblies, which would be a metalworker’s dream. Each of the two windbreaks is composed of ten extraordinarily designed parts that assembly into a complex design. Although the two windbreaks are labeled “Hiryu” and “Junyo” on the fret, I could detect no difference between the two. Since the same design is used for both, perhaps the design is applicable to other flattops other than those two. The addition of one of these windbreaks to your carrier would add a new focal point and level of detail. Lion Roar has made extensive use of very well done relief etching on almost every part on this fret.

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Another intriguing opportunity for finishing a carrier as something different from run of the mill comes with deck plates for searchlights and radar. When is the last time that you saw a model of a Japanese carrier with searchlights extended on the deck? Have you ever seen one? Probably not as specialized parts, which would easily allow this were available. Lion Roar has now given you those parts. Included in this fret are five different styles of searchlight plates and two different styles of Type 21 radar plates. Two fittings are of an open two-door clamshell design. You can have your searchlights extended with these open door fittings. There are four pieces for this same fitting for the search light lowered and doors closed. Perfect for flight operations. Two more styles involve plates that slide on two runners. With this design you receive two fittings in the open position and four in the closed position. Another searchlight plate is a plate that swivels on a pivot on the edge of the fitting. You receive four of these in an open position. Although no closed position parts are provided in this style, removal of the circular well coaming will quickly provide just the plate to portray this fitting in a closed position. The uniquely shaped plates for Type 21 radar positions are provided with two open and one closed positions, although other closed positions can be provided by simply removing the coaming from the open positions. Now all you need is to add crews to man your searchlights and you’ll be ready for night action with those USN pirates. Well, Lion Roar has addressed that question as well but more on that later.