Thursday, December 4, 2014

Japanese Aircraft Carrier Akagi - by Paper Model Studio

The Paper Thing

"Let's make a papercraft of 1/350 scale "Akagi" Japanese Navy Aircraft Carrier First Aviation Squadron. The total length of completion of this big-scale model is approximately 75cm". - Paper Model Studio

Akagi conducting flight operations in April 1942
Akagi (Japanese: 赤城 "Red Castle") was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy, named after Mount Akagi in present-day Gunma Prefecture. Though she was laid down as an Amagi-class battlecruiser, Akagi was converted to an aircraft carrier while still under construction to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty. Following Japan's renunciation of the treaty in late 1934, the ship was rebuilt from 1935 to 1938 with her original three flight decks consolidated into a single, enlarged flight deck and an island superstructure. The second Japanese aircraft carrier to enter service, and the first large or "fleet" carrier, Akagi figured prominently in the development of the IJN's revolutionary carrier striking force doctrine that grouped carriers together, concentrating their air power. This doctrine enabled Japan to attain its strategic goals during the first six months of the Pacific War. Akagi's aircraft participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War in the late 1930s. Upon the formation of the First Air Fleet or Kido Butai (Striking Force) in early 1941, she became its flagship, and remained so for the duration of her service. With other fleet carriers, she took part in the Pearl Harbor raid in December 1941 and the invasion of Rabaul in the Southwest Pacific in January 1942. The following month her aircraft bombed Darwin, Australia and assisted in the conquest of the Dutch East Indies. In March and April 1941, Akagi's aircraft helped sink a British heavy cruiser and an Australian destroyer in the Indian Ocean raid. After a brief refit, Akagi and three other fleet carriers of the Kido Butai participated in the Battle of Midway in June 1942. After bombarding American forces on the atoll, Akagi and the other carriers were attacked by aircraft from Midway and the carriers Enterprise, Hornet, and Yorktown. Dive bombers from Enterprise severely damaged Akagi. When it became obvious she could not be saved, she was scuttled by Japanese destroyers to prevent her from falling into enemy hands. The loss of Akagi and three other IJN carriers at Midway was a crucial strategic defeat for Japan and contributed significantly to the Allies' ultimate victory in the Pacific. - Wikipedia

Akagi - The Real Thing - 1941

O Akagi foi um porta avões da Marinha Imperial Japonesa que lutou em duas guerras (Guerra Sino-Japonesa e na Segunda Grande Guerra)e foi derrotado na Batalha de Midway. Para não cair em mãos inimigas, o Akagi foi posto à pique pelos destroyers da Real Marinha Japonesa. A perda deste e mais três outros porta-aviões durante a Batalha de Midway foi de importância decisiva para a vitória dos Aliados no Oceano Pacífico.


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