The Yugumo class of destroyers was constructed as improvements to the preceding Kagero class under the IJN’s 4th Naval Armaments Supplement Program of 1939. They closely resembled the Kagero vessels, with an enlarged upper bridge area on the Yugumo class being a significant distinguishing feature. Another difference was the Yugumo class’s elongated stern – a design feature undertaken as a streamlining measure to reduce water resistance. Combined with a more efficient propulsion system, this gave them a small improvement in speed over their predecessors. The destroyers had a main armament of D-type high-elevation twin-mounted 12.7cm guns. Construction began in June 1940 and was completed in December 1941. The Yugumo participated in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands and saw action off Isabel Island during the Japanese evacuation of Guadalcanal in February 1943 before being sunk by an American torpedo during the Battle of Vella Lavella in October 1943. It was stricken from IJN rolls in December 1943.
Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s suggested colors.
Skill Level: 2
- Painting and assembly required
- Molded in grey plastic
- One decal sheet
- One-piece deck
- Waterline build
- Deck details include searchlights and launch boats
- Twin-mounted 25mm cannon
- Illustrated instructions and paint guide
10th Destroyer Corps, 1942
Cocoa Brown or Hull Red