Two-dimensional Japanese Heavy Cruiser card display model

Place Oceania: Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Accession Number REL37663
Collection type Technology
Object type Model
Physical description Cardboard, Paint, Twine
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Date made c 1950-1960
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Second World War, 1939-1945

Large painted card model of a Japanese heavy cruiser with an integral base. The model is realised from two lengths of card glued together to form a 5 mm thick model, with the majority of details inked in and coloured with pen or poster paint. Extra details, such as flags, masts and rigging, have also been added. The sea has been painted to give the illusion of a ship under steam. The base is labelled ' Jap Heavy Cruiser Naji Class'. Scale appears to be approximately 1/120 scale.

History / Summary

Found in models collection and identified as one of a series of models (see also REL37662) specifically made for exhibition display in the Naval section of the Memorial's old lower floor galleries during the 1950s and 1960s. The model is meant to represent a generic heavy cruiser in Imperial Japanese Navy service. The term 'Naji class' used on the base label appears to not exist, and the model is more likely meant to represent either the heavy cruiser 'Haguro' or 'Ashigara', built prior to the changes made in the later 'Atago' class.