1/1100 Scale I-400 Class Japanese Imperial Navy Submarine: Length: 4.5", Width: 0.4"
These models come already assembled and painted out of the box. There is nothing to do or needed other than take them out of the packaging and display them.
For this particular model, be advised that it is quite small measuring only 4.5 inches long only because it is made at a consistent scale of 1/1100 as the other ships of the Eaglemoss collection. That is why I included the photos where is side-by-side with Battleship Kirishima which measures 8 inches long and is more typical in size to the other models of the collection.
THE BATTLESHIP IS NOT INCLUDED, I just added it to the photos for COMPARISON purposes.
The packaging for this model is quite minimal. It comes between a transparent plastic clam shell packaging, which although simple, it does its function of protecting the model safe quite well. The clam shell measures about 11 inches by 6 by 3.
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:
The I-400-class submarine (伊四百型潜水艦 I-yon-hyaku-gata sensuikan?) Imperial Japanese Navy submarineswere the largest submarines of World War II and remained the largest ever built until the construction of nuclearballistic missile submarines in the 1960s. The IJN called this type of submarine Sentoku type submarine (潜特型潜水艦 Sen-Toku-gata sensuikan, Submarine Special?). The type name, was shortened to Toku-gata Sensuikan (特型潜水艦 Special Type Submarine?). They were submarine aircraft carriers able to carry three Aichi M6A Seiran aircraft underwater to their destinations. They were designed to surface, launch their planes, then quickly dive again before they were discovered. They also carried torpedoes for close-range combat.
The I-400-class was designed with the range to travel anywhere in the world and return. A fleet of 18 boats was planned in 1942, and work started on the first in January 1943 at the Kure, Hiroshima arsenal. Within a year the plan was scaled back to five, of which only three (I-400 at Kure, and I-401 and I-402 at Sasebo) were completed.