As seen in Jan. 1945


PitRoad no.W20  (Yukaze)

Scale 1:700 Water Line Series

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  Shiokaze 汐風 "Wind and Flame ("Sea Breeze")

(Minekaze-class of 15 units)

The ships of the Minekaze-class were the first Japanese destroyers build by only Japanese concept, earlier the building program was influenced by British norms. The first 2 units were build under the 1917 Program, then followed 5-1918p, 5-1919p, 3-1920p. They were also classed as minesweepers. The ships fought bravely through the war and many took hard and severe toll, they were removed from frontline destroyers tasks to more aux. duties such as fast transport etc. But this led the ships into just more harsh duties. (8 lost).

Shiokaze survived the war and was completely disarmed. From September 1945 to May 1947 Sihokaze transporting immigrants between Shanghai and Sasebo. In January 1948 the destroyer passed to the breakers at the former Navy shipyard in Kure.

Technical specification:

Laid down at Maizuru Naval yard 15. Sep.1919

Launched 22. Oct. 1920

Completed 29. Jul. 1921

Broken up: 1948

Reconstruction and rearmament: 1938, 1943, and converted to a Kaiten carrier (4xSuicide torpedo's) in late Jan. 1945.

displacement: 1,215 tons 

length: 102.6 m

beam:  8.9 m

draught: 2.9 m

ship horse power: 38,000 shp.

speed : 39 knots

main guns 2 (2x1) 4,7" = 12.0 cm 

light guns AA 18-25mm AA guns = (4x2)+(10x1) 

4 torpedoes (type 21"= 53 cm) in (2x2) mounts

3 depth charge launchers (38 rounds)

20 mines carried.

crew: 148

Building the model of Shiokaze:

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 25mm AA (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

LE700042 1/700 IJN 25mm AA (twin)

17 502 Edurard 1/700  figures

+ few extra parts from "The surplus storeroom"

The scratch building on the kit is: 

Degauss cable around the ship made of metal wire 0.3 mm, forward davits as well as the (masts 0.5 and 0.3mm) and flagpoles. Anti splinter ropes was made of very thin copper wire. 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 13 days. 

Mar. 2008

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