Due to my progress the armory steps nearer. As I compared the weapon stands for the single 25 mm AA guns between Aoshima`s plan and the drawings I do have from Draminsky and a free Profile Morskie Pdf download there are, again, some substantial differences between Aoshima and the reality. I will need to add some more single stands as you can see from the still brass colored platforms
What I already can say now is that Aoshima made it easy for themselves in different points. If you really want to have an accurate model (which I wanted) it will be essential to get the Flyhawk set. But even this is not enough wenn you have close looks to accurate drawings. The original kit, released in 2009 was based on the NAGARA. The KINU followed the same year. In 2012 they added some more sprues and released the ISUZU. All three ships come out from the same class but, of course, have each one its own characteristic features and details which differs from each other.
The Flyhawk set is nice and a big progress with their correction of the main superstructure buildings but still some details of the bridge platforms remain wrong. But for me it is impossible to change that with my ration of available patience.
Also in Flyhawk´s set the gun barrels for the 25 mm are just flat PE-parts which looks odd for me. Thats the reason I was buying the BIGBLUEBOY set with turned barrels. With this set you are also able to finish 36 pieces of this gun - this enables me now to add the missing 7 pieces now which are not reproduced within the kit.
Another drawback with this AOSHIMA kit is the complete absence of a rigging plan. HASEGAWA have nicely done rigging plans which I would have wished me here too. But I am fortunate to have the Profile Morskie Pdf.file which will be helpful here.
On the "good" side I can say about this kit that the quality of the parts is very good - maybe not on par with HASEGAWA but still very nice. The fit is flawless and within this kit there will be left a lot spareparts for future projects.