Built Review
IJN Sakura

by: Jacob Walker [ REDNECK ]

Packaging and content
It all comes in a nice little box. On the front is a picture of the Sakura and on the back is a paint guide listing Tamiya paints with two pictures of the finished model. Most of the writing is in Japanese. Inside you will find the instruction sheet and a clear plastic bag holding two sprues and a small sheet of decals. The kit has 65 parts and two flag decals.
The instructions are a small sheet of paper folded to fit in the box. On the one side you will find a black and white version of the picture on the box and below is historical information on the ship typed in both English and Japanese.

On the back you will find the instructions for building the ship. They are broken down into five steps.

The first three show how to assemble the bridge, main gun, and machine gun platform. The other two steps show blown up diagrams of the ship and all its parts. These to steps appear a little cluttered but as long as you take your time there should be no problems.
The parts are well molded with a great amount of detail for their size. I did notice a few small dips in some of the large flat areas such as the sides of the main gun but these are rare and hardly noticeable. Also, a few small ejection marks can be found on a few of the pieces. This includes a few of the round parts of the masts and can be a bit difficult to fill and sand. I also noticed the hull was bowed slightly in my kit. Over all I found the details and molding to be very good even with the few imperfections.
The parts fit together very well on this kit. All the holes and pegs line up perfectly and the only puttying needed was where the bridge meets the hull.
Tamiya has done a nice job recreating the Sakura in 1/700 scale.
The IJN Sakura was a Matsu class destroyer completed in November of 1944 at the Yokosuka ship yard. She served in the Imperial Japanese Navy until July 11, 1945 when she struck a mine and sunk in Osaka Harbor.Tamiya has recreated the ship with great detail in this little 1:700 scale representation of the Sakura.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: 31429
  Suggested Retail: $10.00
  PUBLISHED: Oct 14, 2006
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本

About Jacob Walker (redneck)

Im a redneck from Somerset county Pennsylvania.

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Thanks, Jacob! Looks good, mate! ~Gunny
OCT 24, 2006 - 10:16 PM
Gidday Jacob I enjoyed the review as well. Just a question for Jacob and Mark is it just a coincidence that Pennsylvania is producing all these ship modellers? Is there something in the local air/water contributing to this? LOL Regards Sean
OCT 24, 2006 - 10:41 PM
Hi Sean! Probably because we're practically landlocked here in Western PA! :-) We've got water and boats, but not oceans and ships!!! LOL (oh but we do in our dreams, don't we, Jake? ) ~Gunny
OCT 24, 2006 - 10:51 PM
Thanks guys. Im glad you liked it. Hopefully this will just be the first of many reviews I can do for the site and for the kitmaker network as a whole. Weve got Erie. And Im still not sure what exactly they have in this water. :-) (Actually my interest in the warships comes from having a grandfather and half brother who both served in the navy as well as a niece whos in now)
OCT 24, 2006 - 11:58 PM
Well guys you answered my question. LOL Its all great stuff and Jake you have prime and admirable motivation there mate. Whatever the secret ingredient/motivator its real great having you guys around. Regards Sean
OCT 25, 2006 - 05:44 PM

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