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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:43 pm 
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Hi Dan. I've been following your comments regarding Hasagawa's new 1/700 Yugumo release and the different degaussing cable patterns. Does the degaussing cable on the new 1/700 Asahio from Hasagawa align to a specific shipyard also? Additionally, is the different AA platform on the Minegumo release due to upgraded AA suite or just builder's fancy? :

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:43 pm 
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Hi, Greg .

Unfortunately, there is virtually no information on which shipyards may have installed the degaussing cables on the Asashios, nor as to whether or not there are variations between ships. In fact, AFAIK, there is only one photo of the class members that is clear enough to show the cable, that of Arare in April, 1942.

The aft end is indistinct, but certainly the forward half matches what Hasegawa has molded for its new Asashios. In the absence of any other information (though I do have one other, 2nd hand source that I will check tonite), I guess we can only assume that this is correct. :scratch:

While I don't know exactly what Hasegawa used as a template for Minegumo's change of platform, I will note that: 1) other DDs that entered the yards in late 1942 for repair began to receive upgraded AA fits, 2) Minegumo spent 3 months under repair from bomb near misses in Oct, 1942, not departing Yokosuka until the beginning of Feb, 1943, & 3) the revised platform matches schematics for Yamagumo and Michishio in June 1944, though they have slight indents at the leading edge of the platform. This is a long winded way of saying it's probably correct, though adding the indent couldn't hurt. My opinion.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:30 pm 
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Thanks for the quick response, Dan. I would like to purchase each of the new Hasagawa DD releases and didn't want to make any obvious errors by ascribing incorrect features to whichever ship I choose to model. It looks like Asashio or Minegumo could be used to build any class member as long as it is the correct year.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:10 pm 
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I believe so. I only have the Asashio kit so far (expect a review next month), but examining the Minegumo kit piece layout leads me to believe that components of mid and late war versions are there as well. I see much the same with the Hayanami kit (review in 2-3 months). This suggests that Hasegawa will eventually release new boxings in late war fit for both, though you may not have to wait if I am correct. At least on the Asashios; the Yugumo do require a different bridge form (in the back) which is not available with the Hayanami kit.


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