IJN Fuso Armament 1944

Published: July 22nd, 2011     
Kitset package
Kitset package
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model
Price: $29.95
Product / Stock #: SM-350-062
Product provided by: Master Model

Master from Poland has added to their impressive line of Sea Master Series detailed ship gun barrels with this set of main and secondary guns for the Fujimi battleship Fuso. Included in this set are twelve 14" (360 mm) turned stainless steel barrels, and fourteen 6" (150mm) turned brass barrels. Both the brass and steel barrels are precisely tapered, with petite segmentations along the barrel length and at the ends. Each of the barrels has an ever so slightly flared open end.

I don't have the Fujimi Fuso, but there's no reason to believe that these parts could not be used with either the Fujimi Fuso or Kongo class battleships. Both vessels carried 14"/45 main guns (12 in Fuso and Yamashiro, and 8 in the Kongos). In a comparison with the 14" barrels from the Fujimi Kongo, one can see how easily these barrels will replace the kit parts by simple insertion onto the kit blast bags. As is evident in the accompanying photo, the 14" metal barrels are slightly shorter in length than the plastic kit parts.

Master has provided ship modelers with another highly detailed naval armament set, and I thank them and IPMS/USA for generously providing this review sample.

  • Barrel sets in package
    Barrel sets in package
  • Kitset barrels compared to plastic kits parts
    Kitset barrels compared to plastic kits parts
  • Close-up view of reviewed parts
    Close-up view of reviewed parts

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