First Look Review
1:700 IJN Name Plates
Lion Roar 1:700 IJN Name Plates for Stern
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by: Anthony Kochevar [ AJKOCHEV ]

The Set...

Many modelers like to have the name of the ship on the stern just like many of the prototypes did. The Imperial Japanese Navy also had these names in Kanji. This set gives a fine means of making those names easy to ad to your ships.

In the photos you can see that the set is quite detailed even though the names are very small. Each name has been etched without a connection point to the main fret. I recommend you paint the name on the backing and then peel it off and glue to the model. You get two of each ship name which is good if you inadvertently loose a part of the nameplate.

Really the only down side to the set is that you'll have to hunt for your correct name if you cannot read Kanji, but the different types of ships are clustered together in sections which makes it easier.

You can see the nameplate on the stern of my IJN Mogami seaplane carrier.

Main image from Lion Roar.
Highs: Highly detailed; Two sets of names for each ship.
Lows: All marks in Kanji; Very Small pieces
Verdict: A good set that will give your 1:700 IJN fleet some extra details on their sterns.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: LE700076
  Suggested Retail: $7.90
  Related Link: Lion Roar
  PUBLISHED: Sep 16, 2010
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本

About Anthony Kochevar (ajkochev)

I've modeled ships as a teen and started the hobby again in 2005. For some reason I got into the history of the Japanese Navy at this time and started building ships of this navy. I also do N Scale model railroading, reef aquariums and a few video games.

Copyright 2021 text by Anthony Kochevar [ AJKOCHEV ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Model Shipwrights. All rights reserved.


Would be nice to have set in 1/350th as well. Julian
SEP 25, 2010 - 09:34 PM
Yes it would....just a not of caution, I tried for find a set and it is listed as discontinued. SO, buy one if you can find it.
SEP 26, 2010 - 01:33 AM
Thanks for the heads up Jim. I'll see if I can find a set anywhere on line. Didn't realise it had already been released. Cheers, Julian
SEP 26, 2010 - 02:23 AM
I bought this set - it is accurate and wonderfully petite, but the parts are stainless steel... why didn't Lion Roar use brass like the originals?
JUL 20, 2016 - 01:12 AM

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