1/1100 Scale Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carrier Hiryu: Length: 8.25", Width: 1.25"
The packaging for this particular model is very minimal, it comes in a clam shells (sandwiched between two transparent protective pieces of plastic).
Warships of the World collection from Eaglemoss is a breakthrough for both military and maritime enthusiasts. Each has details and features that even the most discriminating collectors will appreciate:
For this model what is unusual (compared to other carrier models of the same line) is that the planes are lose, they are not glued to the deck. The six planes displayed in the photos come in little plastic bags (two of them for two different types of planes) and each plane is not much bigger than a grain of rice. One will have to decide whether or not to glue the planes onto the deck or risk losing them.
Hiryū (飛龍?, "Flying Dragon") was an aircraft carrier built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the 1930s. The only ship of her class, she was built to a modified Sōryū design.[Note 1] Her aircraft supported the Japanese invasion of French Indochina in mid-1940. During the first month of the Pacific War, she took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Wake Island. The ship supported the conquest of the Dutch East Indies in January 1942. The following month, her aircraftbombed Darwin, Australia, and continued to assist in the Dutch East Indies campaign. In April, Hiryū 's aircraft helped sink two British heavy cruisers and several merchant ships during the Indian Ocean raid.
After a brief refit, Hiryū and three other fleet carriers of the First Air Fleet (Kido Butai) participated in the Battle of Midway in June 1942. After bombarding American forces on the atoll, the carriers were attacked by aircraft from Midway and the carriers USS Enterprise, Hornet, and Yorktown. Dive bombers from Yorktown and Enterprise crippled Hiryū and set her afire. She was scuttled the following day after it became clear that she could not be salvaged. The loss of Hiryū and three other IJN carriers at Midway was a crucial strategic defeat for Japan and contributed significantly to the Allies' ultimate victory in the Pacific.