Yamato-class Battleship


YamatoMusashi
(Model kits manufactured by Tamiya)

The BIGGEST, the BADDEST, the most ... PONDEROUS BBs ever to roam the earth. Yes, I know that the U.S. Iowa-class had superior radar fire control, and better damage control, and that in terms of actual armor penetration the 16"/50 cal. mounted on the Iowas was almost identical to the much heavier 18"/45 cal. the Yamatos sported. So I suppose the Iowa probably would have triumphed over Yamato in a one-on-one engagement. If you really want to debate the point ad nauseum, I refer you first to my page on this very subject, and then to the sci.military.naval newsgroup. On the other hand (and this is crucial) the Yamato looked cooler. And she was just so damn big. And which is really more important, I ask you: looks and size, or mere functionality?

If you're really into these ships, the book you've got to have is Janusz Skulski's "Battleship Yamato," published by the Naval Institute Press. Fantastic line drawings, very rare and cool photographs, and a ridiculous level of detail on every aspect of these brutes. Buy it. You won't be sorry.

More Yamato Stuff:
Good elevation view of Yamato
Good plan view of Yamato
Yamato running her builder's trials in October 1941

Year CompletedYamato: 1941
Musashi: 1942
Displacement71,659 tons
Dimensions862'10" x 121'1" x 32'11"
Speed27 knots
Armament 9 x 18.1"/45
12 (later 6) x 6.1"/60
12 (later 24) x 5"/40 DP
up to 150 x 25mm AA
4 x 13mm AA
Armor 16.1" belt (inclined)
11.8" bulkheads
9.1" deck
25.6" turret face
19.7" conning tower
Crew2800

Additional Info
Yamato Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Musashi Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)

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Battleship Yamato fitting out, Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, Sep 1941; light carrier Hosho at extreme rightYamato on trials, 30 Oct 1941, photo 1 of 4Yamato on trials, 30 Oct 1941, photo 2 of 4Yamato on trials, 30 Oct 1941, photo 3 of 4Yamato on trials, 30 Oct 1941, photo 4 of 4
Battleship Yamato fitting out, Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, Sep 1941; light carrier Hosho at extreme rightYamato on trials, 30 Oct 1941, photo 1 of 4Yamato on trials, 30 Oct 1941, photo 2 of 4Yamato on trials, 30 Oct 1941, photo 3 of 4Yamato on trials, 30 Oct 1941, photo 4 of 4
Battleship Yamato underway, circa late 1941, photo 1 of 2Battleship Yamato underway, circa late 1941, photo 2 of 2Battleship MusashiMusashi in the foreground with her sister ship Yamato in the back, date unknownMusashi
Battleship Yamato underway, circa late 1941, photo 1 of 2Battleship Yamato underway, circa late 1941, photo 2 of 2Battleship Musashi's superstructure, 1940sMusashi in the foreground with her sister ship Yamato in the back, date unknownMusashi's conning tower and main turret, date unknown

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