With the withdrawal from the treaty, the Mikuma was refitted with 20.3cm twin gun turrets and was converted into a heavy cruiser in 1939, then the Mikuma, Suzuya, and Kumano joined the 2nd Fleet as part of Cruiser Division 7. At the start of the Pacific war, they were sent to escort the Malay invasion force, and in February 1942, the Mogami and Mikuma escorted transports for the invasion of Java at Bantam Bay. In June 1942 at the Battle of Midway, the Mogami rammed the left side of the Mikuma during their withdrawal from the bay to avoid attacks from the U.S. submarine. To make matters worse, a concentrated attack by 114 aircraft hit Mikuma 6 times which made her the first Japanese heavy cruiser to be sunk in WWII.
Light Cruiser Mikuma Specifications
*Standard Displacement: 12,000 tons
*Overall Length: 200.6m
*Maximum Speed: 35 knots
*Armament: Triple 15.5cm Turretx5, Twin 12.7cm High Angle Gunx4, Twin 25mm Cannonx4, Triple 61cm Torpedo Launcherx4
*Aircraft Complement: Nakajima E8N and Kawanishi E7K floatplanes
About the Model
*1/350 scale plastic assembly kit of the Japanese Light Cruiser Mikuma. Length: 573mm, Width: 76mm.
*The well-balanced light cruiser form of the Mikuma with 5 triple 15.5cm gun turrets has been accurately remodeled.
*The ship's hull separates into port and starboard parts and the one-piece lower hull helps to produce the form of the beautiful bow.
*Large sized parts depicting the ship's hull and deck are secured with screws, allowing you to accurately build the model.
*The superstructures before they were refitted with anti-aircraft armament as well as the masts and crane have been realistically reproduced.
*Bridge windows and searchlight lenses are reproduced with clear plastic parts.
*Turrets, torpedo launchers, high-angle guns, and catapult are moveable after completion of the model.
*You can choose either to have the main guns in a stowed or deployed position. Polycaps enable switching of gun turrets even after completion of the model.
*Strong ABS resin parts depict fore and aft masts.
*Anti-aircraft guns have rich details.
*Metal parts depict anchor chains and propeller shafts.
*Nakajima E8N and Kawanishi E7K floatplanes can be set on the deck. Display stands for depicting aircraft in flight are included.
*Full hull model display stand included.