|The Nichimo 1:200
scale Yamato is an injected molded
full hull kit depicting the ship in its 1945 fit when it carried an incredible 152 25mm AA
guns in fifty triple and two single mounts. Needless to say this kit is for those
who like their Yamatos BIG. The Nichimo kit is 51" in
Nichimo 1:200 Yamato at back, Tamiya 1:350 and 1:700 versions in foreground
Modeling a 72,000 ton battleship in 1:200 scale is not for the
faint of heart. And if you are going to embark on this Long March, make sure you
take along the Gold Medal Models 1:200 etched brass fret. There is a lot of space to
fill in 1:200 scale and you'll need all the help you can get. For some detailing
ideas, take a look at Paul Eisenberg's remarkable scratch-built 1:200
IJN Battleship Nagato. And you would be well advised to obtain a copy
of Anatomy of the Ship: Battleship Yamato by Janusz Skulsi. The above
drawing of Yamato is a scan of that book's dust jacket. This 192 page tome includes
over 140 pages of Yamato drawings.
The Nichimo kit has a suggested list price of $400 in the USA but Hobbyweb
sells it for $320. With the Yen at a low point, it would be worth checking Rainbow
Ten's prices for this behemoth.
Click on the thumbnail images below to see what's in the box. Greg Lee,
the SMML Listmaster, purchased the Nichimo kit
in a moment of weakness and was kind enough to photograph it for his fellow Yamatoholics.