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Continuing to document the lineage of the mighty Nagato, Aoshima has announced the upcoming release of their 1/700 HIJMS Nagato 1927.
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As reported in an earlier news story, Aoshima is releasing the Pearl Harbor raider I-20 this year. Your news staff has found out that this story has changed. Aoshima is now releasing not only the IJN I-20 with its Type 'A’ midget submarine, but also the I-16, also with a Type 'A’ midget submarine.
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In an effort to bring the modeler retooled classics, Aoshima is proud to announce the release the 1/700 IJN Nagato in her 1933 fit.
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Dragon USA is pleased to send along word of some new kits coming from Aoshima.
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Aoshima checks in with the newsroom with two interesting upcoming releases in 1/700 scale. Originally laid down as training cruisers, the Katori and Kashima, both of the Katori class, carried an interesting hodge-podge of 6" and 5" guns, and a mixed powerplant of steam boilers and diesels.
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The Japanese Navy in World War II always seemed to be experimenting with unusual, if not cutting edge technology in an attempt to turn the tide of war back in their favor. Aoshima’s October release of the 1/350 cruiser submarine I-41 is another example of this all-or-nothing strategy. The I-41 was to participate in YU-GO Sakusen (Operation "Supremacy”). By attacking the USN forward base at Majuro where the US carriers were stationed, it was to be a second “Pearl Harbor”.
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Aoshima brings us double the sting with two new 1/350 PT boat kits. Featuring both early and late war boats, these kits offer the modeler a host of diorama possibilities.
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Following up on an earlier news story, Aoshima has released photos of their upcoming 1/350 SMS Konig.

Join me in taking a look at this new kit.
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Continuing their line of fine 1/350 plastic ship kits, Aoshima Models announced the upcoming release of their 1/350 SMS Konig. Schedule to be released in early September of 2008, this kit will retail for $80.17.
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Building on their growing range of 1/350 ships Aoshima have announced the release of the 1/350 IJN Transporter Kaiwo Maru. This kit is available now and the retail price is 3,008 yen.
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Building on their ever expanding range of 1/350 ships Aoshima have announced the release of the 1/350 IJN Transporter Nippon Maru. This kit is available now and the retail price is 3,008 yen.
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Join me in taking a look at the upcoming line up from Aoshima Models at the Shizuoka Model Show. Take a look at the new 1/350 1944 Kongo, Takao and Atago. Also in the spot light is the new 1/700 cruisers Sendai and Jintsu.
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Aoshima Models brings us a post war twist on an Imperial Japanese Navy war survivor. In 1947, the Japanese destroyer Yukikaze was given to the Republic of China and renamed the Tan Yang. Aoshima announces that they will kit this final version of the famous destroyer in their new 1/700 Full Hull Chinese Destroyer Tan Yang offering. This kit is scheduled to hit the market in late April of 2008. Retail price for this kit will be $20.12.
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Helping to preserve the history of the tall ship, Aoshima Models announces their upcoming sailing ships 1/350 Danmark and 1/350 Esmeralda. These two beautiful clipper ships are very reasonably priced at $15.84 each. They are expected to hit the shelves in mid March.
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Aoshima Models brings out the big guns with the release of two 1/700 waterline Japanese battleships. These two kits, the IJN Mutsu 1943 Katsura Island and the IJN Nagato 1944 Leyte Sea, showcases one of these majestic ships just before her tragic end and the other in her last glorious battle. These kits will retail for $21.35 each and be available at the end of February 2008.
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Aoshima Models sets sails in a big way with four new 1/350 sailing ship due out this February. All reasonably priced at $16.85, these beautiful kits will add to any model shipwright’s collection. Due to release are the Kaiwo Maru, the USCG Eagle, the Nippon Maru and the Cutty Sark.
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Sail the Pacific with the 1/700 Japanese Navy Light Cruiser Sendai from 1943 and the Japanese Navy Light Cruiser Jintsu from 1942 from Aoshima Models. These 7,100 ton Sendai class cruisers will be released at the end of December 2007. The retail cost of these kits will be an estimated $17.00.
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Working with their much publicized Takao, Aoshima Models announces the release of their 1/350 IJN Heavy Cruisers Atago and Maya. These sisters shared similar fates during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. While sailing through the Palawan Passage, the Atago and Maya were torpedoed by the US subs Darter and Dace, respectfully. The Atago, Kurita’s flagship, was sunk while the Maya was damaged to the point that she had to withdraw.