IJN AKASHI

 
 

As seen at Truk Naval base in 1942

 
     
 

Pit Road No. W37s

Scale 1:700 

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Box art from Pit Road by Mr. Y. Takani

 

 

Repair ship AKASHI (明石)

 
 

Akashi was a Japanese repair ship, serving during the Second World War. She was the only specifically designed repair ship operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The navy based her design on the US Navy's USS Medusa

In 1937 the Imperial Japanese Navy converted the old battleship Asahi to serve as a repair ship. It was later decided to build a dedicated ship with better capabilities for that task. The Imperial Japanese Navy planned for her to carry out 40% of the repairs needed by the Combined Fleet (needing approximately 140,000 man-hours). Therefore she was equipped with the latest machine tools imported from Germany. Her repair inventory boosted a 23-ton crane, two 10-ton cranes and two 5-ton cranes are installed fore and aft to transfer repair parts and for handling replenishment stores. AKASHI is fitted with a tool room, blueprint room, electric repair shop and a machine shop equipped with 114 various machine tools as well as an assembly plant and facilities for casting, forging, welding, copper working and woodworking.

In 1941 Japanese forces occupy southern Indochina. Akashi participates in the operation with the cruiser Ashigara. She also participate in1942 for the invasion force bound for Midway Island

During the war Akashi operated out of the Japanese base in the Truk atoll where she repaired various types of battle-damaged Japanese warships. In February 1944 the Americans made a raid on Truk (Operation Hailstone), sinking and damaging many ships. Akashi was damaged in these attacks and moved to Palau.

In March 1944, while anchored at Palau, Akashi was severe hit by American aircrafts and sunk in shallow water with her bridge still remaining above the water

Known list of ships Akashi preformed repairs on:

DD INAZUMA CL SENDAI (refit) armed merchant cruiser AIKOKU MARU
DD HATSUHARU

DD MICHISHIO

CA KUMANO

KOAN MARU DD NAGANAMI Cable layer OSEI MARU
CA MOGAMI Seaplane tender SANYO MARU oiler NOTORO

DD ASASHIO

DD KAGERO Submarine I-180
DD HAGIKAZE

DD OYASHIO

fleet tanker HOYO MARU
Seaplane tender CHITOSE CL AGANO (refit) transport HOKUYO MARU
CL JINTSU

DD ARASHI

CA MAYA
DD SHIRAKUMO DD UZUKI DD SAMIDARE

DD KAGERO

DD SUZUKAZE DD FUMIZUKI
DD URAKAZE CL NAGARA CL AGANO
CVL TAIYO NANKAI MARU CL NAGARA
DD MINEGUMO SANYO MARU DD AMAGIRI
CV SHOKAKU DD AKIZUKI Super BB YAMATO
CVL ZUIHO DD HATSUKAZE KIYOSUMI MARU

DD TERUZUKI

DD MAIKAZE tanker HOYO MARU
CA CHIKUMA NANKAI MARU DD FUMIZUKI
DD KUROSHIO

DD HAMAKAZE

DD KIYOSUMI

DD SAMIDARE

DD HARUSAME DD YAMAGIRI
DD ARIAKE DD ISOKAZE DD HOYO

DD IKAZUCHI

DD KAWAKAZE KENSHO MARU
DD MURASAME auxiliary aircraft transport KEIYO MARU TONAN MARU
DD AMATSUKAZE NOSHIRO MARU Repairship AKASHI Performs self-repairs
DD ASAGUMO seaplane tender KAMIKAWA MARU BICHU MARU
CL ISUZU DD AMAGIRI

Patrol boat-102 (ex-USS STEWART, DD-224)

DD NOWAKI CA AOBA BICHU MARU
DD SHIRATSUYU DD KAWAKAZE  

(Source: Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp at combinedfleet.com)

 

 
 
 

Review of the model IJN AKASHI from Pit Road:

Building the model:

Hull:

Pit Road model have high reputations for richness in detail and this is also the case here, so no heavy time consuming scratch building is required here. The models have some issues such as shrink marks and this specimen was not left out! - Not a severe problem if you have some putty and sanding paper. Compare the hull of the model, with pictures from the real ship. The plating and scuttles are missing. The plating was attached by stripes of masking tape and the scuttles are made of styrene plastic. Fair leads and emblem of emperor and ladders are all PE mainly from Lion Roar. Degauss cable is also from Lion Roar.

Deck:

The decks are mostly straightforward as again the detail is high. I added anchor chains forward and rear on the decks, davits and 2-bar railing, all PE-set from Lion Roar. The cable drums are as usual scratch build by styrene plastic and copper wire. Wooden boxes, oil drums, steel plates, ropes and wires added more life to the model.

Guns and boats:

The main guns were altered with extra details, PE-set from Eduard and styrene plastic and copper wires etc. The heavy barge was fully scratch build by styrene plastic. The two twin 25mm AA guns were substituted with Nano dread from Fine Mold. The boats - quite a few - got fenders by metal wires, windows frames, support of roof, railing and hand bars (PE-set).

Superstructure:

The kit needed more detail on top of the rear superstructure as well up along the stacks. This was easily done by metal wire. This particular kit is a special release with PE-set included - The price is lifted to over 50 Euros! The PE-set include all the lattice parts for the five cranes as well as top parts for the masts. I have the IJN AUX PE-set from GMM. The parts from Pit Road are identical to GMM - But the GMM set have parts for 5 ships! So my advice is to buy the standard Pit Road model kit and the PE-set from GMM separately. Otherwise business as usual with PE-set windows on bridge, binoculars on top made by metal wires and anti splinter ropes made of coiled copper wires etc. This ship craves for details, easily made by surplus parts and plastic etc. The reward will come at last with a model that "tells" a story.

 

Conclusion

******

4 stars out of 6 for: PE-set incl. Fine details, exciting ship-class.

 

 

Technical specification:

  • Laid down at Sasebo naval arsenal 18 Jan. 1937
  • Launched 29. Jun. 1938
  • Completed 31. Jul. 1939
  • fully equipped Mar. 1940
  • Sunk 30. Mar. 1944
  • Salvaged and scrapped 1954
  • displacement: 10,668 tons full load
  • length: 158.50 m
  • beam: 20.50m
  • draught: 6.29 m
  • ship horse power: 10,800 Shp.
  • speed : 19.2 knots
  • crew: 769 = 336 men + 433 engineers
Armament:
  • Main guns 4 - 5inch (2x2) 152 mm
  • 4 - 25mm AA guns (2x2) maybe later 12?

References:

Books form my own library:  

Japanese Naval Warship Photo Album Cruisers from Diamond Sha books.

(Japan)

Reference: Pictures

Ships of the world no 522

Auxiliary vessels of the Imperial Japanese Navy

(Japan)

Reference: Pictures and drawing

 

 Websites:

Combinedfleet .com

Tabular Record of Movement:

http://www.combinedfleet.com/Akashi_t.htm

Mr. Jeff Lin from Taiwan wonderful model of AKASHI here:

http://duroyal420.myweb.hinet.net/g-main.htm

Mr. T. Kimoto from Japan have a sharp model of Akashi here:

akashi1.htm

Thanks to Mr. Buton from Japan who provided pictures and drawing of the actual ship:

Click on drawing for enlarge

The building time was 11 days.

Aeronautic Nov.1 2010

 
 
     
 

 

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