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IJN Tone Heavy Cruiser

This model can be built as either a Full Hull or Water Line model.
List price 209.95 our price 185.00 free shipping in the lower 48 states.
DC5216A 1/350 scale over 20" long

Two Tone class cruisers were originally envisaged as the fifth and sixth vessels in the Mogami class,
however, by the time construction began, weaknesses in the Mogami class design had become clear,
and Japan no longer had any intention of even pretending to abide by the limitations of the London Naval Treaty.
This resulted in a new design, which turned out to be quite different from the Mogami class,
although external dimensions were very similar. Unique to the ships was the
placement of their main armaments forward of the bridge, which left their
quarter decks free for aircraft usage. The Tone class cruisers were intended to provide
long-range air scouting for cruiser squadrons and to operate together with
aircraft carrier task forces. Commissioned in 1938-1939 these ships became the last heavy
cruisers produced for the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Tone and Chikuma operated together for almost all of their careers as consorts for aircraft carriers. The ships were part of the covering force
during the attack on Pearl Harbor, the second Battle of Wake Island, operations in the Netherlands East Indies, the Indian Ocean raids,
the battles of the Eastern Solomons, Santa Cruz, Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf.

Both Tone class cruisers took part in the Battle of Midway as a Cruiser Division 8 alloted to First Air Fleet (First Mobile Force).

Ship Builder Laid Down  Launched    Commissioned    Fate

 CA-17

Tone

Mitsubishi, Nagasaki Shipyard

  1

Dec

1934

   

21

Nov

1937

   

20

Nov

1938

   

Sunk in action

24

Jul

1945

 CA-18

Chikuma 

Mitsubishi, Nagasaki Shipyard

  1

Oct

1935

 

19

Mar

1938

 

20

May

1939

 

Sunk in action

25

Oct

1944

Built out of the box from M. Leatherwood.