|Here are photographs of my recently completed model of the Japanese armored cruiser/battlecruiser Kurama. Some of the photos include my models of other
Japanese capital ships Tsukuba and Kashima. The model was constructed in my usual 1/550 scale. My records show that it was finished in only 3 weeks as I spent
at least 4-6 hours a day during that time on the model. I was a little carried away with Japanese armored cruiser mania. I have always admired the looks of the
Tsubuka and Ibuki classes of Japanese cruisers (rated as battlecruisers by the Japanese navy).. I like their rakish looks. Kurama led a somewhat uneventful life. She
supported the Japanese occupation of the German Caroline and Marshall Islands during World War I and the Japanese operations against the Reds in Siberia after the
war. I am now working on a model of the Japanese semi-dreadnought Aki, another interesting subject.