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Japanese MATSU and TACHIBANA Class Destroyer Escorts

In 1942 to 1943, the Japanese were starting to lose large numbers of fleet destroyers and their crews in action in the south Pacific. So the imperial navy designed a class of Destroyers that could be quickly and easily built, and ordered 154 Matsu class ships to be built. During construction of the early units, the design was simplified further to speed construction and these became the Tachibana class. These were still bigger than Allied destroyer escorts, they carried the good 5 inch guns on the bow, a reasonable torpedo armament, and a good anti-aircraft and anti-submarine armament. Despite the urgent efforts to build them, only 18 Matsu and 14 Tachibana class were completed by wars end. By the time the first of these ships entered combat (1944), the war against American submarines had well and truly been lost. 10 were lost in combat during the war, the rest were eventually scrapped and those ships not begun (122 ships) were cancelled. Please note that the Matsu class had a rounded stern and the Tachibana class had a transom stern, please specify which one you want when ordering.
This 1:72 scale hull comes with ships plating, shaft exit positions, 'A' bracket positions, rudder position, and anchor positions moulded in.
1,389mm long and 130mm wide.

(Available end 2016)

Price for hull: A$ 240.00 + freight *

(your order is deemed to be acceptance of the terms of order and payment shown here).

* Freight to be calculated and will be advised on receipt of your order and delivery details. See here for more information.

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