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Color Pics of Furutaka and Aoba-classes (Image heavy)

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  1. 1. Which pics do you want to see next?

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Hi guys! So you all managed to tie the poll again between Japan's aircraft carriers, and their heavy cruisers. I chose cruisers obviously. So I will do two posts, this one will be Furutaka and Aoba-classes, and the next, Myōkō and Tone-classes. As always the pics come from here: http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/ 

Let's get this show on the seas!





We start with the Furious Taco herself, Furutaka, the IJN's first heavy cruisers and very ambitious ones at that. They were built with 6 20 cm guns in single turrets, but were later modernized into the C-hull we see in game.



Furutaka post modernization. She is on sea trials at Sukumo Bay in June, 1939; by this point there is only superficial differences between the Furutaka and Aoba-classes.



Furutaka, with her half sister Kinugasa at Bungo-Channel in October 1941. Furutaka is the one in the foreground.



The second of the Furutaka-class, Kako at anchor at Kure Naval Port, July 31, 1926. She was the first of the four to be sunk on August 10, 1942 after the Battle off Savo Island by USS S-44 (SS-155).



Ah the Aoba, my favorite Japanese heavy cruiser (Takao is second guys don't worry). She is seen here on sea trials in July, 1927, steaming along at high speed.



Aoba underway at Terashima Channel near the Gulf of Sasebo, April 8, 1936. Behind her is Kaga after her final reconstruction.



Aoba seen after her modernization in 1941. Most notable is the aircraft deck, which has been redesigned.



Looking out over the port beam of the ship, over one of the 12 cm DP guns we see an Aichi E13A Type 0 Recon seaplane Model 11 being either set into the water, or recovered, during her accommodation work in October, 1942.



And finally Aoba's fate. She was one of the last of Japan's heavy cruisers to be operational in the final days of WWII. She was sunk in shallow water at Kure on July 28, 1945. 



The one pic I have of Aoba's sister, Kinugasa, seen in her original configuration, 1929.




And that is all for these two amazing classes of heavy cruisers. I hope you enjoyed the post and keep a lookout for the other cruisers coming later. Fair winds and following seas captains! :honoring:

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