This is the Imperial Japanese Navy heavy cruiser Takao. She is depicted launching a first reconnaissance for operation SHO GO, destined for the San Bernardino Strait. USS Darter ended IJN Takao's participation and operation SHO GO became known as the Battle of Leyte Gulf. This is the 1:700 scale Skywave kit, with Gold Medal Models IJN Cruiser brass, White Ensign Models 25 mm brass, Pit Road crew brass and other bits. Paint is WEM Colourcoats.

IJN Takao 1944 Side.jpg (7072 bytes) IJN Takao 1944 Top.jpg (10577 bytes) IJN Takao 1944 Bow.jpg (12137 bytes) IJN Takao 1944 Stern.jpg (10165 bytes)
IJN Takao 1944 Ahead.jpg (6829 bytes) IJN Takao 1944 Port.jpg (9396 bytes) IJN Takao 1944 Centre.jpg (21870 bytes) IJN Takao 1944 Bow Low.jpg (10732 bytes)

George Hargreaves

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