Friday, March 5, 2010

Battleships and more!

World War II Era ships have a special place in my heart. My dad was on a destroyer (The U.S.S. Stormes, to be exact) directly after the war. He never did talk much about his experience on the ship or around the world, partly because he'd begun losing his memory by the time I was old enough to understand. Nevertheless, he did impart to me the vast respectability of our veterans, and the joy of the hard work on that ship.

Because of this, I am always glad to see models of WWII ships, American or otherwise, and Forces of Valor is really bringing it to the table. Here we have a new announcement that should be here in the next 2 weeks. This is the Japanese Battleship Yamato in 1/700 scale.

Yamato, named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, was a battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Flagship of the Japanese Combined Fleet, she was lead ship of the Yamato class. She and her sister ship, Musashi, were the largest and heaviest battleships ever constructed, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load, and armed with nine 46 cm (18.1 inch) main guns. Constructed from 1937 – 1940 and formally commissioned in late 1941, Yamato served as the flagship of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto throughout 1942, first sailing as part of the Combined Fleet during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.

This is only the start of the new releases by Forces of Valor. Here is just a small sampling of the next products to come in:

USS Missouri (I will probably do another post on this one next week, so keep an eye out!)
US B-26B Marauder, France 1944
German Self-Propelled Howitzer Wespe - Eastern Front

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