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T.149 landing ship

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The T.101 class landing ship originated from the Japanese Navy's request to have fast transport vessels to supply the remote bases of the Japanese. First, the No.1 class landing ship was developed to take the Daihatsu landing craft and slide over a sloping rear directly into the water. On the other hand, there where the T.101 class and T.103 landing ship. The two classes differed mainly in the drive, the T.101 class had diesel drive, while the T.103 class had turbine drive. Sketches of American landing craft that had captured from Germany in North Africa were used as a template. The development took place in the second half of 1943 and already on 25.12. 1943, the first boat the T.149 was launched. The T.101 class landing boat was 80.5 meters long and 9.1 meters wide. It reached a speed of 13.4 knots. As a transport ship it could accommodate 320 soldiers and, for example, 26 tons of cargo and 13 type 95 Ha-Go tanks. The armament initially consisted of two 25 mm triple flak and a 76.2 mm cannon. This was constantly strengthened during the war.

My kit shows the boat T.149. This was put into service on February 20, 1944. On April 1, T.149 ran with a convoy from Tokyo to Saipan. It reached Saipan on April 10 and landed there nine Type 2 Ka-Mi amphibious tanks.

The model is from the already old Tamiya kit "Military Transport Set" where ever a No. 1 class and T.101 landing ship are included. The models are no longer state of the art, fortunately there is an update of 5StarModel for both ships. There is also a conversion kit from 5Star for the T.103 class 103landing ship, where another chimney is included. Only the fuselage is used from the original kit on the t.101 class boat. The superstructures are replaced by photo-etched parts. This brings a lot of better detailing without being unnecessarily complicated. Additionally, I replaced the 76.2mm cannon with one of 5StarModel as well. This is offered as a small kit itself with turned barrels. In addition I added boxes and oil barrels from 5Star on the deck to get it more fully packed. The Ka-Mi tanks are from L'Arsenal. The sailors are again from Shelf Oddity and Blue Ridge Model. The Daihatsu landing boats were also from 5Star to fill the water base. These are small models in themselves. The beach was created with Beach Sands by AK. On it I placed bushes from Warlord Games. The water was again made with the clear water effects of Vallejo. This was useful here to create some depth effect on the beach.
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About the Author

About Christian Hoeltge (ch_hoeltge)
FROM: BADEN-WüRTTEMBERG, GERMANY

I model 1:48 tanks and vehicles. My special interrest is France 1940. My other side interrest are 1:48 WW2 planes, mainly Germans yet. Since 2015 I started with building ships again. There is my interrest in WW1 and earlier ships. For the start I'm concentrating in German ships, but others will fo...


Comments

Christian, A very nice dio...the figures really bring it to life. Cheers, Joe
JAN 02, 2018 - 08:38 PM
Christian, excellent work. 5StarModel and the other new models really enhance the old kits. I never thoughtful I'd see a diorama with this subject - thank you for doing it. That lifeboat is amazing.
JAN 03, 2018 - 10:33 AM
Thanks guys. It was really a fun build. And I'm looking forwad to build the No.1 class landing ship . And yes the figs bring life to the scene . Greetings Christian
JAN 05, 2018 - 12:23 AM
Christian, Your upgraded T.149 looks nothing like the mess I made of the same kit years ago - well done! I really like your beach effects too.
JAN 12, 2018 - 05:06 AM
Thanks Tim, I actually build the kit because of the update set. I thought it will be a fast build, but all the little stuff took there time. But yes the result speak for itself. And thanks that you liked the beach, it was my first try. Greetings Christian
JAN 16, 2018 - 09:14 PM