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1/350 Aoshima IJN Light Cruiser Tama - 1942
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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 04:55 AM UTC
Hey everyone,

I know it has been a long time since I have posted on the sight but that has been a combination of life events and very limited bench time. The Shokaku is back on the bench but I am tied up with a bunch of the fiddly parts and it is getting a bit monotonous.

So to break that up I decided I wanted to start Aoshima's 1/350 IJN Light Cruiser Tama in her 1942 configuration.

For this build I will beusing Infini Upgrades such as the Type 96 Triple AA mounts, Deck winches, and watertight doors. I will also be using th Rainbow PE Set and the Rainbow PE Deck set.

More pictures to follow.

But before rest of the pictures here is some history on the IJN Tama.



Background

The Kuma-class vessels were essentially enlarged versions of the Tenryū-class cruisers, with greater speed, range, and weaponry.[2] With improvements in geared-turbine engine technology, the Kuma-class vessels were capable of the high speed of 36 knots (67 km/h), and a range of 9,000 nmi (17,000 km) at 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h).[2] The number of 14 cm/50 3rd Year Type naval guns was increased from three on the Tenryū class to seven on the Kuma class and provision was made for 48 naval mines. However, the two triple torpedo launchers on the Tenryū class was reduced to two double launchers, and the Kuma class remained highly deficient in anti-aircraft protection, with only two 8 cm/40 3rd Year Type naval guns.

Service record

Early Career

Tama was completed at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki shipyard on 29 January 1921. Immediately after commissioning, Tama was assigned to cover the landings of Japanese troops in Siberia during Japan's Siberian Intervention against the Bolshevik Red Army.[3]

In 1925, Tama was tasked with making a diplomatic voyage to San Pedro in the United States, to return the remains of US Ambassador to Japan, Edgar Bancroft, who had died in Tokyo.[4]

In 1932, with the Manchurian Incident, Tama was assigned to patrol the northern coasts of China, from its base in Taiwan. As the war in China continued to escalate, Tama was involved in operations to cover the landings of Japanese troops in central China.

On 10 January 1935, the German naval attaché in Tokyo, Captain Paul Wenneker was invited by Admiral Nobumasa Suetsugu to tour Tama, battleship Kongō and submarine I-2 at Yokosuka Naval District. Wenneker was reportedly unimpressed with Japanese naval artillery, and advocated increased use of submarine warfare.[3]

Northern Operations

On 10 September 1941, Tama became flagship of Vice Admiral Boshirō Hosogaya's CruDiv 21 with the light cruiser Kiso, in the IJN 5th Fleet. Tama and Kiso were sent north to Hokkaidō, in Arctic white camouflage on 2 December, and were patrolling in the Kurile Islands, at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Both cruisers' hulls were damaged by severe weather, and both were forced to return to dry dock at Yokosuka by the end of the year.

On 21 January 1942, CruDiv 21 departed Yokosuka and was again sent north on patrols around Hokkaidō, but was recalled after 38 aircraft of Task Force 16 (USS Enterprise) made a dawn raid on Marcus Island on 5 March. Tama was assigned to the IJN 1st Fleet with battleships Hyūga and Ise, and sortied from Hashirajima to search for Admiral William F Halsey, but failed to locate his forces after several weeks of searching.[3]

On 5 April, CruDiv 21 returned to northern waters, but on 18 April the Doolittle Raid struck targets in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya and Kobe. Tama was again recalled to join in another unsuccessful pursuit of Halsey. For the rest of April and most of May, Tama resumed its northern patrols.

On 28 May, Tama departed Mutsu Bay to participate in the "Operation AL" (the seizure of Attu and Kiska) in the Battle of the Aleutian Islands. After successfully landing forces to seize the islands, CruDiv 21 returned to Mutsu Bay on 23 June. However, Tama was quickly sent back to cover the second reinforcement convoy to Kiska, then patrolled southwest of Kiska in anticipation of an American counter-attack until 2 August. After a brief return to Yokosuka for maintenance, Tama covered the transfer of the Attu garrison to Kiska. On 25 October, CruDiv 21 embarked further reinforcements at Kashiwabara, Paramushiro to Attu. Tama continued to patrol the Aleutians and the Kurile islands and around Hokkaidō until 6 January 1943, making another supply run to Kiska in November. After refit at Yokosuka in early February 1943, Tama again patrolled north from Ōminato Guard District to Kataoka (Simushir island), to Kashiwabara (Paramushiro) to 7 March. Another major supply run to Attu was made from 7–13 March.

On 23 March, Tama departed Paramushiro towards Attu with Vice Admiral Hosogaya's IJN Fifth Fleet cruisers Nachi and Maya, light cruiser Abukuma and destroyers Ikazuchi, Inazuma, Usugumo, Hatsushimo and Wakaba escorting a three-ship reinforcement carrying troops and supplies for the garrison on Attu. At the Battle of the Komandorski Islands on 26 March, against USN Task Group 16.6 with the light cruiser USS Richmond, heavy cruiser Salt Lake City and four destroyers, in a four-hour running gun and torpedo battle, Salt Lake City and destroyer Bailey were damaged by gunfire. The other destroyers were not damaged. During the battle, Tama fired 136 shells and four torpedoes, and received two hits in return, which damaged her catapult and wounding one crewman,[5] however Nachi was hit several times; and the Japanese aborted the resupply mission, returning to Paramushiro on 28 March. Disgraced by retreating from an inferior force, Hosogaya was relieved of command and forced to retire. Vice Admiral Shiro Kawase assumed command of the Fifth Fleet.[6] Tama remained on guard duty at Kataoka for over a month and then was sent to Maizuru Naval Arsenal for a refit on 4 May. She was thus absent during the "American Operation Landcrab" to retake the Aleutian Islands, and during Japanese evacuation of Kiska on 19 May. Returning to Kataoka only on 23 May, Tama resumed guard duties until 5 July. During "Operation Ke-Go" (the evacuation of Kiska) on 7 July, Tama's engines were considered too unreliable for her to participate directly in the evacuation, and she remained behind at Paramushiro. In any event, the mission was aborted due to weather. Tama remained on guard duty in the Kuriles until 30 August.

Operations in Southern Waters

After a refit at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Tama was sent south with troops and supplies for Ponape, Caroline Islands on 15 September. After stopping by Truk, and returning to Kure, Tama was ordered to Shanghai on 11 October, to ferry additional troops to Truk and Rabaul, New Britain. After disembarking the reinforcements at Rabaul, she was attacked by RAAF Bristol Beaufort bombers from Guadalcanal on 21 October. Tama's hull plates were damaged by near-misses and she was forced return to Rabaul for emergency repairs.[3]

On 27 October, Tama returned to Yokosuka for a major refit; her Nos. 5 and No.7 140-mm guns were removed along with her aircraft catapult and derrick. A twin 127-mm HA gun was fitted, as were four triple mount and six single mount Type 96 25-mm AA guns. This brought Tama's total number of 25-mm guns to 22 barrels (4x3, 2x2, 6x1). A type 21 air search radar was also fitted. Repairs and modifications were completed on 9 December.

Tama departed Yokosuka on 24 December, again for northern waters, and remained on patrol until 19 June 1944. Returning to Yokosuka by 22 June, Tama then began operations to ferry Imperial Japanese Army reinforcements to the Ogasawara islands, making two runs to 12 August.[3]

On 30 August, Tama was transferred from CruDiv 21, Fifth Fleet to become flagship of DesRon 11, Combined Fleet, replacing the lost Nagara.

Battle of Leyte Gulf

During the Battle of Leyte Gulf (20 October 1944), Tama was assigned to Vice Admiral Jisaburō Ozawa Northern Mobile ("Decoy") Force. During the Battle off Cape Engano (25 October), Ozawa's force was attacked by Task Force 38, with USS Enterprise, Essex, Intrepid, Franklin, Lexington, Independence, Belleau Wood, Langley, Cabot and San Jacinto. Tama was attacked by TBM Avenger torpedo bombers from VT-21 of Belleau Wood and VT-51 from San Jacinto. A Mark 13 torpedo hit Tama in her No. 2 boiler room. After emergency repairs, Tama retired from the battle, escorted by the cruiser Isuzu, but Isuzu was ordered to protect the damaged aircraft carrier Chiyoda. Tama was then escorted by destroyer Shimotsuki, but later Shimotsuki too was ordered off to assist the damaged carrier Zuihō. Tama proceeded alone at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph) towards Okinawa.[7]

Northeast of Luzon, Tama's luck ran out, as the submarine USS Jallao — on her first war patrol — picked up Tama on radar. Her attack of three bow torpedoes from 1,000 yd (910 m) missed, but her second salvo of four stern torpedoes from 800 yd (730 m) was more successful. Three torpedoes hit Tama, breaking the ship in two, and sinking her within minutes, with all hands at 21°23′N 127°19′ECoordinates: 21°23′N 127°19′E.

Tama was removed from the navy list on 20 December 1944.

So there is the plan and the history of the ship. Stay tuned for updates and I promise to do a better job than I have with the Shokaku.

David

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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 05:53 AM UTC
David may your first spectator come aboard? I also do have this specific ship with all the extra parts you have, too and I am very curious how you will tackle it. I think this will not be an easy build - at least you need a lot patience; you will be away from the streets for quite some time for sure. But in the end you will have one of the most beautiful ships (at least IMHO) at your display shelf.

Are your displaying her in her winter livery?

Watching with big interest

Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 06:12 AM UTC
Thomas,

Welcome aboard!! I am going to paint her in her winter livery, she is more interesting in that outfit than the typical IJN Grey.

I agree, some of this is going to be quite a test in patience and skill. Not sure how the brass strip will go down but AI am excited to give it a go.

Have to wait on the PE kit to arrive before I dive to far into the steps. So far I have cleaned up the Forward torpedo deck and started drilling out the port holes. Ill have a picture update either tonight or tomorrow

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 07:16 AM UTC
Hey all,

So here is the first actual update for this build.

As mentioned in the initial posting I will be building the Aoshima 1/350 IJN Light Cruiser Tama.



Here she is unboxed



And here is the poster that is included in the kit. It illustrates the paint scheme that I will use for this build.




What is not shown in this picture is the Aoshima PE sheet that comes with the kit. It is not extensive but it does provide for some replacements in the case of error.

Anyway, here is a picture of the instructions for the Rainbow Deck set. As you can see there is a lot of clean up with this kit. Everything in orange needs to be removed.



Here are the initial parts and after they were removed from the sprue. The forward torpedo deck has to be installed prior to joining the hull halves together.





Here is the torpedo deck before clean up



and after clean up. That hatch in the center was not easy to remove without causing gouges in the decking but somehow I was able to do it.



Here is the hull and the torpedo deck dry fitted.



Doesn't look too bad. Really looking forward to the main PE set to arrive so that I can really get started. Well that and the paper plans from Profile Morskie.

Last but not least since I am waiting I decided to drill out the portholes. I intent to remove the molded porthole brows but before I do I need to ensure that I have PE portholes small enough. Will look tonight.



Looks like i have some clea up to do with those portholes. Anyway, that's it for now.

With my new career and having a 12 year old daughter my bench time is really limited to weekends so please tune in next weekend for another update.

Thanks for stopping in and as always, comments, suggestions and criticism are always welcome.

David

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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 10:16 AM UTC
David,

This is the first time I seen a IJN ship in camo. I was under the impression that the IJN didn't camo their ships.

Anyway, looks like you are off to a nice start even though there is a lot of clean up to do before you can really get into the meat of the build. Looking forward to your next post.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 01:26 PM UTC
Mark,

This is the only IJN ship that wore any camouflage early in the war. There were others but that was much later in the war and most of those were confined to port.

Glad to have you along for the ride.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 03:29 AM UTC
Hey everyone,

Since I left these pictures off the initial posting I wanted to provide them now. As I mentioned the Aoshima kit does include some photo etch. It's not very inclusive but it does have some inclined ladders and some pullys which will come in handy.



Another note regarding this sheet is that includes items for the 1944 version such as the porthole caps and the radar. I wont be using these so I will add it to my spares box.

Also I intend to use the rainbow Deck set. This is the only set that I know of that provide the complete brass strip structure. The other sets provide the brass strip but it only includes the strip that crosses the deck without providing the brass strip that runs along structures.

That being said this will be interesting as to applying it to the kit and cleaning it up without causing damage. A true test of patience and careful handling.





Once I receive the full PE set I will provide some photos.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 05:55 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Mark,

This is the only IJN ship that wore any camouflage early in the war. There were others but that was much later in the war and most of those were confined to port.

Glad to have you along for the ride.

Dave



Dave, the light Cruiser KISO also got winter camouflage similar with the TAMA as both did patrolling around Attu and Kiska. I did see pictures of both ships with winter camo on.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 05:58 AM UTC

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Also I intend to use the rainbow Deck set. This is the only set that I know of that provide the complete brass strip structure. The other sets provide the brass strip but it only includes the strip that crosses the deck without providing the brass strip that runs along structures.

That being said this will be interesting as to applying it to the kit and cleaning it up without causing damage. A true test of patience and careful handling.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dave



Dave this question how to fix the brass strip structure onto the deck kept me away from starting my build until now. I am very curious how you will tackle it - Maybe cm for cm glueing with a toothpick onto the precolored deck...
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Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 06:03 AM UTC
Thomas,

It is a concern for me too but luckily the forward torpedo deck is small and that will be the initial test for developing the process.

granted, that wont be for a few more weeks but we will see how it goes.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 09:54 AM UTC
David,

It will be real interesting to see how you get the PE glue to the deck.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 04:24 PM UTC
"A true test of patience and careful handling."

You said it David. Looks like the right amount of PE, enough to enhance but not too much to send you off the deep end.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2019 - 04:08 AM UTC
Mark - it will defiantly be interesting!!!

Ned - We will see what the true PE picture looks like once the full detail set arrives in the next couple of weeks!!!

David
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 10:18 PM UTC
David, great to see you back on the boards!

Following with interest
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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 01:33 AM UTC
Russell,

Thanks, it's good to be back!!! Glad to have you along for he ride.

Dave