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Trumpeter 1/350 JMSDF Takanami Destroyer Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2012 Manufacturer Trumpeter
Subject JMSDF Takanami Destroyer Scale 1/350
Kit Number 4539 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Simple build Cons No waterline option
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $79.95

First Look


The Takanami DD 110 is first in class of five destroyers in service with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). First commissioned in 2003, the Takanami provided a number of improvements over its precessors, the Murasame class. Built upon the same basic hull and propulsion system, the Takanami replaces the 76mm main gun with a 127mm (5 inch) gun, the Mk.41/Mk.48 Vertical Launch System (VLS) of the Murasame class was replaced by dual Mk.41 VLS in the Takanami class, the Sea Sparrow missile was replaced by the Evolved Sea Sparrow system, as well as receiving an improved fire control and sonar system.

Trumpeter continues to produces an interesting array of combat vessels from around the world and this latest release is the first of this subject in 1/350 scale. This is the Takanami DD 110 of the JMSDF. This kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on eight parts trees plus the hull and main deck, one tree of clear parts, and three frets of photo-etched details. There is no sign of over-engineering in this kit.

Among the details and options of this kit:

  • One-piece hull (no waterline option)
  • Display stand
  • Detailed main mast w/3D radar
  • 5 inch gun turret
  • VLS system fore and aft
  • Photo-etched railings
  • Photo-etched engine room intake grilles
  • CWIS gun mounts
  • Torpedo tubes
  • Evolved Sea Sparrow launchers
  • SH-60K Sea Hawk

As you can see from the images and features, this will be a straightforward build without any complexities and even a modeler with basic skills can tackle this kit with the only need for cyano being the installation of the photo-etched grilles though some patience and skill will be required to install the photo-etched railings.

Markings are included for the Takanami DD 110 including decals for the display base in English and Japanese.

This is another nice naval subject from Trumpeter providing a new set of kit options starting with the Takanami and, with a few parts changes, also be able to represent the Murasame and earlier classes based on this common hull design.

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!