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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:30 am 
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Kajika 1/700 IJN Kongo Battlecruiser: Initial Impressions

I received the Kajika 1/700 IJN Kongo battlecruiser kit this weekend. As I do not have proper references, this will not be a full-blown review, and I cannot evaluate the accuracy of the kit. Rather, these are my initial impressions.

Kajika apparently is a partner or subsidiary of Flyhawk, and the model reflects that heritage. It is crisply molded in dark grey plastic using slide molding technology. The hull is molded in one piece with a separate red waterline plate (there is no full-hull option). It is molded with protective sprues wrapped around the bow and stern, to protect both ends, which is a nice touch. The deck detail and clutter is outstanding, and the wooden planking is very fine and restrained. I like that they do not attempt to portray the butts of the deck planks, which is often done in symmetric alternating rows which I find unrealistic. The kit does not come with a photo-etch (PE) fret, though a dedicated set produced by Kajika is available separately.

Primary and secondary armaments are very finely molded, with the main guns having nicely in-scale bore openings. The ships boats are also beautifully rendered, as are the tripod masts, which are shipped in their own protective sprues and separate box. The stacks are nicely rendered as one-piece castings, with separate funnel caps, though the funnel cap grills are a bit overscale. Replacements are available with the aforementioned PE set that Kajika markets for this kit. Similarly, the midship searchlight platforms are molded as a single piece, though the PE set provides a a finely rendered PE searchlight platform with cross-bracing which is much more realistic.

Finally, there are two rising sun flag decals to complete the kit.

As mentioned above, PE for this kit (including railing) is available separately, as are deck masks and adhesive wooden decks, for those who prefer that option.

Overall, another wonderful offering from Flyhawk and its partners, though due to the profusion of small parts, some prior experience working on more complex 1/700 scale kits is highly desirable.

Highly recommended.

Mike E.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:12 am 
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Seconded, the kit is fantastic. I've ripped mine out of the packaging and started building within days of getting it. My hull has a slight warp but the plastic is soft so should be an easy fix once the waterline plate and decks are there to hold it straight.

I also don't have plans but I compared the hull with the Fujimi WWII version and it's an almost perfect match (obviously accounting for bulges and extended stern on the refitted ship). The main turrets are the jewels in the crown of this kit, especially since almost every other manufacturer (resin included) gets the distinctive shape of the WWI RN/IJN sloped roof turrets so wrong. They are crisp, sharp edged and just look right!

I hope Flyhawk/Kajika keep these coming. If I had to pick one kit to put my finger on and say "this marks the point plastic has made resin obsolete", it's the Kajika Kongo.

Thanks for the review!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:30 am 
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I got my kit also on saturday and yes it is a real beauty.
It is on pair with the Hermes from Flyhawk.
I also have the pe set and the barrels. The pe set will improve the "letdowns" of the kit.
All I have wanted more would have been pe anchors.
And the torpedonet is also missing.
On the Derfflinger class it was included in plastic and as belt in the extra parts. Here you have to make it by yourself.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:13 pm 
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ch hoeltge wrote:
And the torpedonet is also missing.
On the Derfflinger class it was included in plastic and as belt in the extra parts. Here you have to make it by yourself.

Greetings Christian

How do you simulate torpedo netting in 1/700? I also have Flyhawk Derfflinger and the netting is very small in diameter. A piece of rolled up nylon stocking? :wave_1:


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biggles2 wrote:
How do you simulate torpedo netting in 1/700? I also have Flyhawk Derfflinger and the netting is very small in diameter. A piece of rolled up nylon stocking? :wave_1:


I believe this is indeed the preferred method of the masters and I've seen it recommended a few times on this site. You need to pull it to get it nice and thin, it's easier said than done! I didn't spot this omission on mine, I'm tempted to try something that's a bit less hassle, I was thinking some thin cord as used for DIY necklaces.

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On my Blücher I used rolled tissue, but wasn't completly satisfied with it.

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So I'm open to new ideas :D .

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:38 pm 
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Thx for posting the review, Mike. Sounds like a really great kit.

Using Haruna's as-built measurements for comparison, OAL in 1/700 should be 306.54mm, and width of 40mm.


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I've realized something interesting about the kit - the instructions call for a total of NINE L-7 boats. There are only SEVEN on the boat sprue. Two more are needed for the quarter-deck davits. I sourced a couple of similar-looking boats from an S-Models sprue. :wave_1:


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