Shokaku-class Aircraft Carrier


ShokakuZuikaku
(Model kits manufactured by Fujimi)

These two were brand spanking new at Pearl Harbor, and participated in almost every major carrier battle during the war. These are my favorite Japanese carriers; big, fast, durable, and handsome.

Year CompletedShokaku: 1941
Zuikaku: 1941
Displacement29,800 tons
Dimensions844'10" x 85'4" x 29'1"
Speed34 knots
Armament 16 x 5"/40
up to 96 x 25mm/60
6 x 28 5" AA rockets (Zuikaku: 1944 on)
84 aircraft
Crew1660

Additional Info
Shokaku Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Zuikaku Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
The Sinking of Shokaku: An Analysis

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The chief shipbuilders of carrier Shokaku posing with the hull of the ship two days prior to launching, Yokosuka, Japan, 30 May 1939Launching of Shokaku from the second construction slip of Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan, 1430 hours on 1 Jun 1939Carrier Shokaku at Yokosuka, Japan, 23 Aug 1941, photo 1 of 2Carrier Shokaku at Yokosuka, Japan, 23 Aug 1941, photo 2 of 2Zuikaku on her first day of service, 25 Sep 1941, photo 1 of 2
The chief shipbuilders of carrier Shokaku posing with the hull of the ship two days prior to launching, Yokosuka, Japan, 30 May 1939Launching of Shokaku from the second construction slip of Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan, 1430 hours on 1 Jun 1939Carrier Shokaku at Yokosuka, Japan, 23 Aug 1941, photo 1 of 2Carrier Shokaku at Yokosuka, Japan, 23 Aug 1941, photo 2 of 2Zuikaku on her first day of service, 25 Sep 1941, photo 1 of 2
Zuikaku on her first day of service, 25 Sep 1941, photo 2 of 2Carrier Zuikaku, fall of 1941Japanese carriers Zuikaku (foreground) and Kaga (background) underway toward Hitokappu Bay, Iturup, Kurile Islands, Nov 1941; note ZuikakuJapanese carriers Zuikaku (foreground), Kaga (center), and Akagi (background) underway toward Hitokappu Bay, Iturup, Kurile Islands, Nov 1941; note ZuikakuSailors of carrier Zuikaku winching up the anchor on the quarter-deck after leaving Hitokappu Bay, Itrup, Kurile Islands, 26 Nov 1941; she was en route to attack Pearl Harbor
Zuikaku on her first day of service, 25 Sep 1941, photo 2 of 2Carrier Zuikaku, fall of 1941Japanese carriers Zuikaku (foreground) and Kaga (background) underway toward Hitokappu Bay, Iturup, Kurile Islands, Nov 1941; note Zuikaku's anti-aircraft armamentJapanese carriers Zuikaku (foreground), Kaga (center), and Akagi (background) underway toward Hitokappu Bay, Iturup, Kurile Islands, Nov 1941; note Zuikaku's anti-aircraft armamentSailors of carrier Zuikaku winching up the anchor on the quarter-deck after leaving Hitokappu Bay, Itrup, Kurile Islands, 26 Nov 1941; she was en route to attack Pearl Harbor

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