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'Sagara Maru'

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"MSW Crew-mate Jim C. Smith sends us this next submission, a dandy batch of images of his build, 'Sagara Maru', in this "On Display" feature!

Base Kit-Pit Road models 1/700 full resin kit

vessel history
Built by Mitsubishi, Nagasaki, completed 1940; taken over for naval service as a seaplane carrier in 1941. Became a transport in 1942. Damaged by US submarine Harder 22 June 1943 and beached to prevent sinking; stricken and presumably scrapped postwar.

Displacement: 7, 189-tons.
Dimensions: Length 479', beam 62', draft 32' td
Propulsion: 2 Mitsubishi-Sulzer diesels, 2 shaft, 16, 0600 shp.
Armament: 2 x 5.9-inch, 2 x 13mm MG
Conversion: Aft well deck fitted with two 56' catapults, cranes fitted to recover aircraft.
Aircraft: 8 Type 95 Kawanishi E8N “Dave” 2 seat reconnaissance float biplanes, 4 Type 0 Aichi E13A1 "Jakes

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About the Author

About Jim C Smith (Freighter)


Hi Jim Great camo scheme painting and also a very original way of displaying the seaplanes taking off Thanks for sharing Rui
SEP 15, 2008 - 04:30 AM
Great little build Jim, cleanly built with plenty of details. Seaplane tenders should always be displayed with active aircraft, and yours is no exception. thanks for sharing, Frank
SEP 15, 2008 - 10:20 AM
Great looking diorama Jim, always did like floatie wingee things and to have them and a ship in the same scene pretty well covers it all for me.
SEP 15, 2008 - 10:42 AM
Excellent job mate! Very realistic for something so tiny!
SEP 15, 2008 - 11:47 AM
Top quality build, Jim, very inspirational. Cheers, Peter F
SEP 15, 2008 - 08:06 PM
Fine work Jim, a very busy and colourful scene Mike
SEP 17, 2008 - 06:28 AM
Nice job on the diorama Nice detail and I like the look of different depth to the water . ThanksBob
SEP 17, 2008 - 12:55 PM
excellent build, love the details.... same for the "action" of the floatplanes, plenty of ideas for future builds, thanks for sharing! cheers
SEP 17, 2008 - 03:05 PM