As seen in 1940


PitRoad no.W14  (Kamikaze)

Scale 1:700 Water Line Series

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  Asakaze 朝風 "Wind from the Sea after Sunrise" (Sea breeze, Morning Breeze)

(Kamikaze-class of 9 units)

Build under the 1921-22 program, the ships of the Kamikaze-class were improved Minekaze destroyers (Please see my model of Shiokaze). Although first commissioned with numbers instead of names, they were renamed in 1928 They were the first destroyers in the IJN to be build with a bridge strengthened by steel plating. This was instrumental in giving the vessels a high centre of gravity and to counteract this they were build with an increased displacement and slightly wider beam. Although they had slightly less speed of 37.3 knots, they were considered satisfactory. This class fought with distinction during the war only 2 vessels survived the war.

Technical specification:

Launched at Mitsubishi, Nagasaki Naval yard 8. Dec.1922

Completed 16. Jun. 1923

Sunk 23 Aug. 1944 by submarine USS Haddo 20m SW of Cape Bolinao

Reconstruction and rearmament: 1941, 1944

displacement: 1,270 tons 

length: 102.6 m

beam:  916 m

draught: 2.9 m

ship horse power: 38,500 shp.

speed : 37.3 knots

main guns 4 (4x1) 4,7" = 12.0 cm 

light guns  2 (2x1) 7,7 mm MG 

6 torpedoes (type 21"= 53 cm) in (3x2) mounts

crew: 148

Building the model of Asakaze:

The building of the model kit was mostly straight forward as the quality of the Pit Road models is high. I used the PE-set's from 

Tom's Model works:

#705 1/700 IJN railing (railing,  funnel caps and small items as wind detector on top at the masts.)

#721 1/700 IJN Destroyer set. (Very good! enough items for 3 DD if you have extra railing)

#749 1/700 IJN Yamato 7,7 mm MG (single)

Lion Roar:

LE700054 1/700 ladders 

LE350003 1/350 ladders (for bridge windows)

LE700038 1/700 IJN anchors and chain + life rings etc.

LE700039 1/700 IJN Davits for small ships

17 502 Edurard 1/700  figures

+ few extra parts from "The surplus storeroom"

The scratch building on the kit is: 

Forward davits as well as the (masts 0.5 and 0.3mm) and flagpoles.  Cable drums was made of copper wire and styrene plastic. The Swan neck vents was made of medium size (1 mm) soldering lead (easy to form and cut).

This was a enjoyable model kit to assemble, with no hidden trouble along the way. The only con's on this series is the poorly marked portholes on the hull -But I can highly recommend the Pit Road Destroyers to others, they cost a little more than the others IJN DD from the "Big four" , but are really the extra amount worth also because of the many small boats and directors included in the kit.


Books form my own library :  

Japanese Naval Warship Photo Album Destroyers from Diamond Sha books.  

Ships of the world no. 453 History of Japanese Destroyers

Warships Japanese Navy, Navy destroyers 10. 1918 - 8. 1945 by YV Apalkov, PP Vasiliev

Japanese destroyers 1920-1945 by VV Ivanov

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Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945 by Hansgeorg Jentschura & Dieter Jung

Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946






The building time was 12 days. 

Mar. 2008

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