As seen in 1942 after the battle of Midway


Hasegawa  no.110

Scale 1:700 

Read how I build the kit on the bottom of this page

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  Hiei history:

Hiei (比叡). "The cold", named for Mount Hiei north-east of Kyoto, was a Kongō-class battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was laid down by the Yokosuka Kaigun Kosho on 4 November 1911, launched on 21 November 1912 and completed on 4 August 1914. Until 1931 she was classified as battlecruiser.

Following World War I, her boilers were upgraded for speed and bilges were added for better defense against torpedoes. Kongō and Hiei were relatively fast for battleships and because they were able to keep up with the carrier battle groups, both ships often accompanied them. However, their old design meant they were not effective against aircraft and both ships lacked air-search radar

Between 1932 and 1940 Hiei was turned to a gunnery training ship. She was partly disarmed and disarmoured (the aft turret and side armour belt were dismounted). After the modernization, in 1940 her armour and armament returned to place and Hiei underwent the same modernization program, as the rest of Kongō class, becoming a battleship again.

Hiei steamed with the Striking Force during the attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, took part in the Indian Ocean raid against the British Eastern Fleet with the Carrier Striking Force in April 1942, screened the invasion fleet during the Battle of Midway in June 1942, participated in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August 1942, and the Battle of Santa Cruz Island in October 1942.

During the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942, Hiei, commanded by Captain Nishida Masao, suffered thirty 8 inch shell hits from the cruisers USS San Francisco and Portland, and many 5 inch shells and two torpedoes from the destroyer Sterett. Her fire control systems for her main and secondary batteries were knocked out, her superstructure set afire and 188 of her crew killed. She was attacked repeatedly by Marine Grumman Avenger TBF torpedo planes from Henderson Field, TBFs and Douglas Dauntless SBD dive-bombers from the USS Enterprise and B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of the United States Army Air Forces 11th Heavy Bombardment Group from Espiritu Santo and suffered 70 sorties as she attempted to withdraw, and was scuttled by her crew.

(From Wikipedia)

Technical specification:

Launched 21.Nov.1912

Completed 4. Aug.1914

Rebuild in 1929-32, 1936-40, 1942

Sunk 13.Nov.1942 with the lives of 188 sailors

displacement: 36,400 tons (1942)

length: 222 m

beam:  31.02 m

draught: 9.72 m

ship horse power: 136,000 Shp.

speed : 30,5 knots

main guns 8 (4x2) 14´ = 35,6 cm 

secondary guns 14 (8x1) 6´= 15,5 cm

medium guns AA 8 (4x2)  5´=12.7 cm

light guns AA 20 (10x2)  25mm 

light guns AA 4 (2x2)  13mm 

3 aircraft (JAKE) 1 catapult

crew: 1337

Build process: see the link below on this page


The photos are taken in both sunlight (outdoor) and indoor with the help of a 2x 500 Watt Halogen lamp. The "clam sea" is a frosted glass window with a layer of blue plastic bag underneath. 


Firstly let me give Mr. Hanchang Kuo my BIG thanks for his help and guidelines Thank you very much -without your help I would never had manage to build my model without risking to fall in all the pitfalls.

Thanks to the Royal Danish Navy library for lending me the book: Warship Pictorial IJN Kongo-Class Battleships by Steve Wiper.

Books from my own library:

Profile Morskie 53 The Japanese Battleship HIEI

Die Japanischen Kriegsschiffe 1869-1945 by Hansgorg Jentschura, Dieter Jung, Peter Michel

Japanese Warships of World War II by A.J.Watts

Conway´s All the World´s Fighting ships 1906-1921, 1922-1946

References from the net:

All of the pictures I could find regarding the subject.

Now the model of HIEI rest in my glass cabinet I can look at her as a fine ship, especial the total scratch build pagoda tower is a joy to watch  -even if it was a hard project indeed.

The building time approx 12 weeks. 
Nov. 2006. 



See here how I build the model




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