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"Rebuilt some of the overscale kit parts with plastic strips.

Some PE parts from the Fujimi detail set
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Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Not to be confused with Japanese destroyer Kaga.
Japanese Navy Aircraft Carrier Kaga.jpg
Kaga after her modernization, with her distinctive downward-facing funnel
Class overview
Operators:  Imperial Japanese Navy
Preceded by: Akagi
Succeeded by: Ryūjō
Built: 1920–1928
In service: 1928–1942
In commission: 1928–1942
Completed: 1
Lost: 1
Empire of Japan
Name: Kaga
Namesake: Kaga Province
Builder: Kawasaki and Yokosuka Naval Arsenal
Cost: ¥53 million ($36.45 million)[1]
Laid down: 19 July 1920
Launched: 17 November 1921
Completed: 31 March 1928
Commissioned: 30 November 1929
Reclassified: 21 November 1923 as an aircraft carrier
Refit: 20 October 1933 – 25 June 1935
Struck: 10 August 1942
Fate: Scuttled after being heavily damaged by a US air attack at the Battle of Midway, 4 June 1942
General characteristics (after 1935 modernization)
Type: Aircraft carrier
Displacement: 38,200 long tons (38,813 t) (standard)
Length: 247.65 m (812 ft 6 in)
Beam: 32.5 m (106 ft 8 in)
Draft: 9.48 m (31 ft 1 in)
Installed power: 127,400 shp (95,000 kW)
  • 4-shaft Kampon geared turbines
  • 8 Kampon Type B boilers
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Endurance: 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 1,708 (after reconstruction)
  • Belt: 152 mm (6.0 in)
  • Deck: 38 mm (1.5 in)
Aircraft carried:
Service record
Part of:

Kaga (加賀) was an aircraft carrier built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and was named after the former Kaga Province in present-day Ishikawa Prefecture. Originally intended to be one of two Tosa-classbattleships, Kaga was converted under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty to an aircraft carrier as the replacement for the battlecruiser Amagi, which had been damaged during the 1923 Great Kantō earthquakeKaga was rebuilt in 1933–35, increasing her top speed, improving her exhaust systems, and adapting her flight decks to more modern, heavier aircraft.

The ship figured prominently in the development of the IJN's carrier striking force doctrine, which grouped carriers together to give greater mass and concentration to their air power. A revolutionary strategic concept at the time, the employment of the doctrine was crucial in enabling Japan to attain its initial strategic goals during the first six months of the Pacific War.

Kaga's aircraft first supported Japanese troops in China during the Shanghai Incident of 1932 and participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War in the late 1930s. With other carriers, she took part in the Pearl Harbor raid in December 1941 and the invasion of Rabaul in the Southwest Pacific in January 1942. The following month her aircraft participated in a combined carrier airstrike on Darwin, Australia, helping secure the conquestof the Dutch East Indies by Japanese forces. She missed the Indian Ocean raid in April as she had to return to Japan for permanent repairs after hitting a reef in February.

Following repairs, Kaga rejoined the 1st Air Fleet for the Battle of Midway in June 1942. After bombarding American forces on Midway AtollKaga and three other IJN carriers were attacked by American aircraft from Midway and the carriers EnterpriseHornet, and YorktownDive bombers from Enterprise severely damaged Kaga; when it became obvious she could not be saved, she was scuttled by Japanese destroyers to prevent her from falling into enemy hands. The loss of four large attack carriers, including Kaga at Midway, was a crucial setback for Japan, and contributed significantly to Japan's ultimate defeat. In 1999, debris from Kagaincluding a large section of the hull was located on the ocean floor at a depth in excess of 5,000 meters (16,404 ft); 350 miles (560 km) northwest of Midway Island.[4] The main part of the carrier's wreck has not been found.

Design and construction

Kaga was laid down as a Tosa-class battleship, and was launched on 17 November 1921 at the Kawasaki Heavy Industries shipyard in Kobe. On 5 February 1922 both Tosa-class ships were canceled and scheduled to be scrapped under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty.[5]

The Treaty authorized conversion of two battleship or battlecruiser hulls into aircraft carriers of up to 33,000 long tons (34,000 t) standard displacement. The incomplete battlecruisers Amagi and Akagi were initially selected, but the Great Kantō earthquake of 1923 damaged Amagi's hull beyond economically feasible repair, and Kaga was selected as her replacement. The formal decision to convert Kaga to an aircraft carrier was issued 13 December 1923, but no work took place until 1925 as new plans were drafted and earthquake damage to the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal was repaired. She was officially commissioned on 31 March 1928, but this signified only the beginning of sea trials. She joined the Combined Fleet (Rengō Kantai) on 30 November 1929 as the IJN's third carrier to enter service, after Hōshō (1922) and Akagi (1927).[6]

Kaga was completed with a length of 238.5 meters (782 ft 6 in) overall. She had a beam of 31.67 meters (103 ft 11 in) and a draft at full load of 7.92 meters (26 ft 0 in). She displaced 26,900 long tons (27,300 t) at standard load, and 33,693 long tons (34,234 t) at full load, nearly 6,000 long tons (6,100 t) less than her designed displacement as a battleship.[7] Her complement totaled 1340 crewmembers.[8]

Flight deck arrangements

Kaga as completed, with all three flight decks visible


Click on each image for a closer look

Box Art: (can't find the single vessel box art, but it's part of this set!)


Thanks Wikipedia!

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