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1 Victory At Sea IJN Yamato pack contains:
- 1 x 1/800th scale Warlord resin Yamato battleship model
Battleship Yamato was a class of Japanese "super battleship", laid down in November 1937, launched in August 1940 and then commissioned in December 1941.
Yamato was the heaviest battleship in history (73,000 tons at full load!), and mounted the largest guns ever mounted to a naval vessel in active service.
Constructed in great secrecy, with deliberate misinformation spread in order to keep it's true scale hidden for as long as possible, Yamato carried 9 x 18.1 inch / 460mm guns housed in a trio of three-barrel turrets, which were capable of comfortably catapulting 1400kg shells over 25km, though had the power to technically reach over 40km out, under favourable conditions. Each of these turrets alone weighed 2510 tons, about as heavy as most destroyers at the time.
Yamato's armour belt was up to 400mm at it's thickest point, while the majority of it's armoured deck was covered in 200mm plating, with the rest of the deck in 230mm plating, and capable of a top speed of 28 knots: an impressive speed given it's displacement.
Yamato was designed to be an intimidating foe in ship-to-ship combat, as such any enemy battleship wishing to engage it on equal terms is liable to suffer heavy losses. Despite the unrivalled size and range of it's main battery, it's armour is by no means impervious, especially to 15-16 inch guns.
Despite the Yamato's fearsome specifications, it barely fired it's guns in ship-to-ship action, and ultimately met an ignoble end when Imperial Japanese command attempted to run it aground in order to use it as a last stand defence of the Japanese mainland, but was sunk by a magazine detonation from extensive Allied air assault: a foe it's enormous guns were useless against.
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