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MIKUMA
IJN heavy cruiser model ship

Built under the 1931 Fleet Replenishment Program, the Mikuma of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was a light cruiser belonged to the Mogami-class which was comprised of four ships.  She was designed to the maximum limits allowed by the London Naval Treaty.  However, after Japan refused to comply any longer with that agreement, the Mikuma and all three other ships were rearmed with larger caliber main armament and were reclassified as heavy cruisers.  All four fought in World War II.

The Mikuma had the latest technology edge: a 155 mm dual purpose main battery in five triple turrets capable of 55 elevation. To save weight, electric welding was used, as was aluminum in the superstructure, and the use of a single funnel stack.
New impulse geared turbine engines, coupled with very heavy anti-aircraft protection, gave the Mikuma a very high speed and protection. 

Mikuma were present at the Battle of Sunda Strait and contributed to the sinkings of HMAS Perth and USS Houston.  In June 1942, all four took part in the Battle of Midway, where Mikuma was collided by Mogami trying to avoid a submarine attack.  The Mikuma was finished off on June 6, 1942 by aircraft from USS Enterprise and Hornet.

 
 
 
   




Like all of our warship models, this Mikuma heavy cruiser model has the following qualities:

- P
lank-on-frame, hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 15 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 50 lbs, requiring 2 people to handle and a fortified table to accommodate.)

- Hollow superstructure comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not few blocks stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

- Light rust appearance to give the ship the battle look.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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45
" long x 11" tall x 6" wide          $6,900   S & H is $150

                                                                                                                 

"Mikuma arrived today in tiptop condition. She suffered almost no damage or detached pieces. Considering her very high level of detail, intricate features, and thousands of master handcrafted parts, this is simply remarkable. Much like a real heavy cruiser, this museum quality model was painstakingly researched, planned out, engineered, and built from the keel up. Going beyond that even, MSM actively sought my input and made several modifications throughout the entire building process, most notably, greatly increasing the detail of the ship's funnel, just a week before completion. They've done everything I've asked, e.g. adding more features, constantly increasing the level of detail,  and making other requested changes here and there. Really, for what more can one ask? I'd like to tell anyone interested in model warships, World War II at sea, or especially the Imperial Japanese Navy, how truly exceptional this model heavy cruiser is, but Mikuma's pictures of your website speak for themselves, and still yet, the photos simply cannot do this MSM model justice!
Yours,
James"