Japanese Yamato Battleship Boat

With many revolutionary features incorporated into her design, the Yamato was completed in December 1941, and met her final fate at the hands of American Navy carrier aircraft in the South China Sea while on a one way mission to Okinawa. This model features minor modifications to Tamiya's previous Yamato replicas Items 78002 and 78014, and has her looking as she did just prior to departing for her final mission, in an exquisite 1/350 scale assembly kit display model. The Yamato's massive imposing silhouette is accurately reproduced, and both the main gun turrets and secondary armament turrets can be rotated even after assembly.

Tamiya Japanese Yamato Battleship Boat Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/350 Scale #78030
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  • Tamiya Product Number: 78030
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"Yamato Battleship"
This kit was very well detailed and instructions were very easy to follow. There were a lot of very small fragile pieces that proved a little challenging to get into the right place. Overall this kit is high quality and I would definitely recommend it to any ship modelers or those getting into it.

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Scale : 1/350

Construction type : Assembly kit

Photo-etch parts : Not included

Decals : Included

Special feature 1 : Comes with a display stand.

Special feature 2 : Comes with newly-designed mast parts.


  • Tamiya Product Number: 78030


1/350 Japanese Yamato Battle plastic model kit

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"One of the best"
cdnmodeller (Edmonton, AB)
About 20 years ago, I bought this kit as a present to myself after graduating from nursing school. I had been away from modelling for a couple of years & wanted to get back into it. I chose this 1 because I had wanted to build a 1/350 for some time. The detailing is minute, right down to the 20mm antiaircraft guns mounted on the deck. It was time-consuming, but this is to be expected given the amount of detail on it. Like most Tamiya models the parts detached from the molds fairly easily. An extensive amount of paint & glue will be necessary! 20 years after it was finished I still have it, and it is still in good condition. It has a compartment in the hull for an RC motor should you decide to go that route. I briefly considered it but when I discovered how much a motor & controller cost I decided against it. This is highly recommended.

"Yamato Battleship - Very detailed. Loved it"
The details are very good. The guns are pretty accurate, but with some slight adjustments. (due to sizing issues, i can understand the ratio standards for the guns) The middle tower was awesome. Cannot wait to start building this.

"A Great Collection Piece"
Jason P (Peterborough ON)
At over 29 inches long and a fitted height of nearly 8 inches (stand included) this is a centerpiece for any 350 scale collection! (Images uploaded to page after fitting out) This kit will keep you busy for quite a while with many intricate parts and Tamiya left nothing out of the Yamato's pagota bridge stack in the center of the ship surrounded by the array of guns and lookout platforms. It is recommended that if you are a novice or even still learning the ins and outs of painting that practice and experimentation should be done elsewhere because you will want to reserve your best work on this piece. The massive hull and angling decks leading into her massive rapid-fire 18 inch triple turrets are enough to wonder what this behemoth must have been like at anchor glaring at you.. For the realist modeler it may be wise to consider ordering either the wood deck or the decal for a uniform look, the sheer number of boards to be airbrushed for the correct scatter look is nearly impossible to replicate but the details do make up for any shortcomings in the kit such as excessive flashing or easily breakable parts on the sprues. With a wide variety of photo etched parts available and numerous decals to add including the rising sun flag and flagship of the feet emblems along with the catapults all have their own decal sets. With a little extra work the main guns barrels can be hollowed out or can be replaced with other aftermarket kits but that is a choice for the modeler and some fixtures will need to be sanded or scribed down to fit proper scale. If you are going to spend the money to top off your collection or just want to try assembling a battleship this is a kit you would be never regret purchasing and is sure to grab the attention of a seasoned modeler or any casual observer.

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