IJN Light Cruiser Yubari

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"MSW Crew-mate Alec Cap (bigal07) shares a gallery of images of his build of the IJN Light Cruiser, Yubari, in this "On Display" feature!"

Model Kit-Tamiya Models, Japanese Light Cruiser Yubari, #31319

For the build I used varied pigments for weathering, and PVA glue for canvas. Rigging is fly-fishing line...being a typical Tamiya model, nothing to go wrong, easy to follow instructions although everything was written in Japanese.

The Vessel
The ship originated as an experimental scout cruiser, which would have the combat potential of the standard 5,000 t (4,900 long tons) Japanese light cruisers on a much lighter ship. The ship was designed by Admiral Yuzuru Hiraga. The guns were mounted on the centre line in turrets and armor was integrated into the hull structure. The forecastle was given significant flare to improve seakeeping. Destroyer-type machinery was used to save weight, with eight oil-fired Kanpon boilers trunked into a single large funnel.

The ship was completed 419 t (412 long tons) (13%) over the designed displacement, this resulted in an extra foot of draft and a loss of 1.5 kn (2.8 km/h; 1.7 mph) in designed speed. The ship was considered successful, however, and many of its features were used in subsequent Japanese warships.

The ship had a significant refit in early 1944 when the two single 140 mm (5.5 in) guns were removed, one 120 mm (4.7 in) AA gun ("A" position) and six twin and one triple 25 mm (0.98 in) AA guns added together with search radar and depth charges.

Vessel Details and Characteristics
Class and type: light cruiser
Name: Yūbari (夕張)
Ordered: October 1921
Builder: Sasebo Navy Yard
Laid down: 5 June 1922
Launched: 5 March 1923
Commissioned: 23 July 1923
Fate: sunk 28 April 1944 by US submarine Bluegill
Displacement: 2,890 t (2,840 long tons) standard (designed); 3,141 t (3,091 long tons) full load (designed); 4,075 t (4,011 long tons) full load (actual)
Length: 138.90 m (455.7 ft)
Beam: 12.04 m (39.5 ft)
Draft: 3.58 m (11.7 ft)
Installed power: 43,060 kW (57,740 hp)
Propulsion: 3 geared steam turbines 8 Kanpon boilers 3 shafts
Speed: 35.5 kn (65.7 km/h; 40.9 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 328
Armament: 6 140 mm (5.5 in) guns (2x2, 2x1), 1 76.2 mm (3 in) AA gun, 2 machine guns, 4 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes (2x2), 34 mines
* Main belt: 38 mm (1.5 in)
* Deck: 25 mm (0.98 in)
* Turrets: 25 mm (0.98 in)
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About the Author

About Alec Cap (bigal07)


Alec: Nice work (some of your best to date) May I make a few humble suggestions: 1. Use thinner rigging (I know I've suggested it before) Use the 20 Denier stuff from here: LINK 2. Use black caenis or run a permanent marker over the tread before using it. 3. Get a pair of opti-viewer glasses if you don't already have them (see amazon.com for them) you can't do great 1/700 w/o them (trust me) 4. If you will be doing More IJN stuff, it might be useful to check e-bay for a bunch of general PE sets for davit boats and rigging stuff you can use so you don't have to sit the lifeboats on the deck under the boat stanchions. remember, it's 1/700 smaller, smaller, smallest. Less is more! Keep it up, take your time, and have fun! David
FEB 13, 2010 - 06:26 PM