Shimakaze (島風) (Island Wind) was a one-off super-destroyer built for the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. She was armed with six 127 mm (5.0 in) dual-purpose guns and conventional anti-aircraft and anti-submarine weaponry. More importantly, she was the only Japanese destroyer to be armed with 15 torpedo tubes, each capable of firing the deadly 610 mm (24 in) Type 93 "Long Lance" torpedo. The ship was a testbed for an enormously powerful, high-temperature, high-pressure steam engine that was able to develop 79,240 shp (59,090 kW). This made her one of the fastest destroyers in the world: her designed speed was 39 kn (72 km/h; 45 mph), but on trials she made 40.9 kn (75.7 km/h; 47.1 mph).
Ordered in 1939 under the 4th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme, Shimakaze was laid down in Maizuru Naval Arsenalin August 1941 and completed on 10 May 1943.
Japan had intended to lay down 16 similar destroyers, with long-term plans—the 5th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme—for a total of 32 to equip four destroyer squadrons, but a lack of industrial capacity prevented them from being realized.
In June 1943, Shimakaze participated in the evacuation of Japanese troops from Kiska Island towards the end of the Aleutian Islands campaign. She was present in June 1944 at the Battle of the Philippine Sea. In October 1944, the destroyer was present at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, although she played no role in the battle except for picking up survivors from the sunken battleship Musashi. While serving as the flagship of Destroyer Squadron 2 under the command of Rear Admiral Mikio Hayakawa, she was attacked and sunk by American aircraft from Task Force 38 on 11 November 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay.
Shimakaze was powered with an experimental steam turbine — which made construction of sister ships virtually impossible – during a speed test on 7 April 1943, she was clocked at 40.90 kn (75.75 km/h; 47.07 mph) with an engine output of 79,240 shp (59,090 kW).
on this part of the review we will discuss and see Sizes and changes
In the old and new kit and what exactly changed.
note: 1/700IJN island style destroyer model. Explain here, although P has also been out of the two plates of the wind 1: 700 plate (on-time and at the end), but in view of the domestic distribution of less than the relatively high prices (between 130-150 ), I finally decided to familiar with the old Tamiya 1: 700 Island Wind compared.
SHIP FULL KIT
deep to the parts
in Compared with the old 1994 quality
They are two completely identical ships
This (newer) ship is much longer and wider with new parts, which affects its price and quality.
Much less parts than the old 1994 boat
It has quite a history
Kit is less rich with detailed assembly booklet
Very high quality plastic
And a bit more expensive
Gives full value with quality packaging
A very high quality manufacturer and invests a lot of attention in his products
Recommended for purchase
high detailed ship parts
HIGH Quality box
With an amazing painting box of the ship
Very high quality plastic
With an important historical value
Very impressive accuracy and great detail