Nagato- Japanese battleship . . After a while, I've decided to start scaling everything down a little bit. Even though there is still a 'big fish' waiting for the photo session in my room, I'm more and more in love with faster paced builds. Alea iacta est, micro (or whatever scale you'd like to call them) ships are coming! I'm pretty sure that I won't be able to cover the entire late 19th-20th century warships history, but I'll try to depict some of the great vessels that sailed the seven seas- ehm, going to the bottom before even leaving the Mediterranean does not exactly fit the profile, but who cares... Do not expect Bismarck, Yamato, Iowa or similar celebrities showing up here very soon, because I'll try to concentrate on maybe less famous, but still interesting subjects first.
Nagato was the first battleship in the world to mount 16in guns and was considered to be one of the most powerful at the time of her completion in 1920. She was Yamamoto’s flagship during the attack on Pearl Harbor and took part in Battle of Midway, Battle of the Philippine Sea and Battle of Leyte Gulf. The latter was the only one where she fired her big main guns against enemy surface forces. Facing terrible fuel shortages she spent last months of the war moored as a coastal defense ship and was the only Japanese battleship that managed to survive the war. However, she was not destined to live much longer and she found her watery grave in waters of Bikini Atoll. Nowadays she is considered to be one of the best diving sites in the world, because atomic tests did not inflict too much damage to her.
It is quite difficult to achieve accuracy in a scale like this, so compromises had to be made. The most obvious one is her width- I desperately wanted to use those wonderfully curved pieces and that inevitably resulted in her chubbier appearance. Maybe she is not destined to go on a catwalk, but she should definitely be able to absorb some torpedoes…