|Hasegawa’s Yukikaze 1940 kit is the basic model for this diorama. I wanted to display the ship in a battle. In my WWII atlas I found a battle which was fought in the night of 11/30/1942 in which the Kagero, lead ship of the
Yukikaze class, participated.
The Model - Because of the high quality of the kit it was easy to build. I took photo-etch from Eduard which fit very well and are easy to use. I felt very pleased with the handrails around the turrets and torpedo launchers.
To display the model more dynamic I choose a point of time where the enemy was detected and the battle line started to turn to port. I arranged the turrets and torpedo launchers to port ahead. The rangefinders atop of the bridge
and the aft superstructure are shown in the same direction as does the searchlight for illuminating the scene. Because the crew is at battle stations you can only find personal on the bridge, the searchlight and the aft rangefinder. The
AA guns are manned, too, but without aiming to a certain target. At the time of my scene there was no threat from the air but the Flak was partially also used in surface engagements. Normally during the night the main deck is
closed and because of no submarine threat in this battle there are no crewmembers at the depth charges. After gluing the photo-etch railing into position I noticed it would stand in the way if a torpedo would be fired. To make more
accurate I removed the railing around the launchers. Normally the high vents on the fore and aft deck would be laid down to allow the turrets free movement while firing. I noticed this too late and the vents were already glued.