IJN Carrier Hiryu 1/1100 Scale Diecast Metal Model Ship by Eaglemoss
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:
A consistent 1:1100 scale that makes for a stunning display, with each ship visually comparable to all the others in the collection.
Heavy-duty metal construction with finely molded plastic detail parts. Miniature aircraft with cranes, detailed guns with blast bags, and a complete superstructure.
Textured surfaces that simulate wooden decks, intricate ironwork, chains and cleats.
Accurate colors and markings, from anti-fouling paint on the hulls to camouflage patterns, national insignia (including roundels on aircraft), and even runway markings.
A removable, customized display stand with the ship's name (in Japanese) and year.
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.
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.