Tone-class Heavy Cruiser


ToneChikuma
(Model kits manufactured by Fujimi)

I've heard mixed reviews about these two. Some sources say they were the best cruisers the Japanese ever built. Others state that the follow-on Ibuki class, which was never built, would have been a copy of the Mogami, rather than the Tone, because of war lessons learned which rejected the concept of an all-forward armament layout (how they figured that out, I don't know. These ships weren't involved in very many gun actions.) Their main gun layout was sort of bizarre, with four dual turrets forward (some of which suffered from very poor firing arcs), and none aft. Their aft decks were totally devoted to AAA and float plane operations (they carried 5, as compared to the 3 carried by most other Japanese CAs), which made them very useful as scouting ships for carrier battlegroups, and consequently they spent much of the war hanging out with the carriers of Combined Fleet, rather than fighting in rat-holes like the Solomons. 'Course, sitting at anchor at Truk wasn't exactly a Carnival cruise, either.

Year CompletedTone: 1938
Chikuma: 1939
Displacement15,200 tons
Dimensions649'7" x 60'8" x 21'3"
Speed35 knots
Armament 8 x 8"/50
8 x 5"/40 DP
up to 57 x 25mm AA
12 x 24" TT
Crew850

Additional Info
Tone Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Chikuma Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)

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Japanese heavy cruiser Tone, date unknownHeavy cruiser Chikuma underway, date unknownChikuma from a USS Saratoga-based plane, 5 Nov 1943Chikuma during the battle off Samar, 25 Oct 1944Tone under air attack near Kure, Japan, 24 Jul 1945; photo taken by USS Shangri-La aircraft
Japanese heavy cruiser Tone, date unknownHeavy cruiser Chikuma underway, date unknownChikuma from a USS Saratoga-based plane, 5 Nov 1943Chikuma during the battle off Samar, 25 Oct 1944Tone under air attack near Kure, Japan, 24 Jul 1945; photo taken by USS Shangri-La aircraft
Tone sunken in shallow water, Kure, Japan, 8 Oct 1945
Tone sunken in shallow water, Kure, Japan, 8 Oct 1945

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