Kuma-class Light Cruiser



Kuma

(Model kits manufactured by Tamiya)

Kitakami and Oi of this class are interesting in that they were taken in hand for modification as... torpedo boats on steroids (for want of a better designation). Kitakami was given 32 and Oi 40(!) x 24" tubes. These ships would have been very bad news in a night fight, but they spent most of their time up in the Aleutians, and so far as I know they never fired a shot from their tubes.

Not Pictured: Tama. Kitakami, Oi, Kiso.

Year CompletedKuma: 1920
Tama: 1921
Kitakami: 1921
Oi: 1921
Kiso: 1921
Displacement5,832 tons
Dimensions532'0" x 46'6" x 15'9"
Speed36 knots
Armament 7 x 5.5"/50
up to 44 x 25mm AA
6 x 13mm AA
8 x 24" TT
Crew439

Additional Info
Kuma Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Tama Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Kiso Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Kitakami Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Oi Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)

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Kuma-class Light Cruiser
  * Kuma
  * Tama
  * Kiso
  * Kitakami
  * Oi


Light cruiser Oi off Kure, Japan, 1923Light cruiser Kuma on patrol off Tsingtao, China, 1930Kitakami off Sasebo, Japan, 1935Light cruiser Kiso at a pier at Shibaura, Tokyo, Japan, 1937Light cruiser Kiso in the Aleutian Islands, 1942; note Arctic camouflage
Light cruiser Oi off Kure, Japan, 1923Light cruiser Kuma on patrol off Tsingtao, China, 1930Kitakami off Sasebo, Japan, 1935Light cruiser Kiso at a pier at Shibaura, Tokyo, Japan, 1937Light cruiser Kiso in the Aleutian Islands, 1942; note Arctic camouflage
Light cruiser Tama in arctic camouflage, 1942Kiso sunken in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, post-war
Light cruiser Tama in arctic camouflage, 1942Kiso sunken in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, post-war

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