Takom – 1/72 Yamato Type 94 46CM Gun Main Turret No. 1 – First Look
The Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Yamato, at just over 65,000 tons and sporting nine 18-inch guns, was the largest battleship ever built. But the reality was that for all her size and firepower, she, like the other battleships of the time, was no longer the most feared ship in the sea. That title was handed to the aircraft carrier and so if seems almost poetic that she met her fate off Okinawa through sustained air attack from American carrier planes.
Takom has built on their previously released naval weapons series by now producing a model of turret number one (the most forward) of the Yamato. Unlike their previous releases of modern Russian naval gear, this one is in 1/72 scale not 1/35. But this is still a big model. Fully built, it’ll be close to 2 feet in overall length.
Interestingly, the kit itself is well detailed but still a relatively simple model. Mostly this is thanks to Takom making the entire upper turret shell in one large part. The same goes for the bottom of the turret as well as a large section of the deck to act as the base. In addition, there are 5 sprues in gray, a sheet of photoetch that includes a nice looking nameplate, and a length of fishing wire that is to be used for the railing.
Overall, the molding is clean and crisp and exactly what you’d expect from Takom. The cannons are in two halves but with an end cap that has nice rifling on the inside which is pretty noticable even in 1/72 scale due to the large diameter. Also included are the option to position each of the three cannons in either the lowered or fully elevated position, but no intermediate angles.
The instructions are typical Takom with simple steps in a small booklet. Of course there’s only one painting option and the color call outs are for Mig-Ammo paints. The painting scheme is overall gray with a dark wood color for the deck.
Here’s a look at the sprues.
This kit continues Takom’s trend of taking a balanced approach to the design of this model by striving to find the right mix of complexity and ease of assembly. Personally, I like this since it doesn’t take away much in detail makes this kit buildable for most intermediate and advanced modelers.
Highly Recommended pending full build.
My sincere thanks to Takom for the review sample.
Reviewed by Jim Wechsler, SoCal AMPS
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