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dseehafer

Whats the difference?? Sendai class

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Greetings all,

 

    Next on my list is the Sendai class of Hyper-Kumas. There are 3 ships in this class (completed at least, IIRC 3 more were planned) Sendai, Naka and Jintsu. Through this post the ships will stay in this order Sendai on the left, Naka in the middle and Jintsu on the right. Lets get started.

 

We start with the bows

 

A: A is marked near Sendai's bow, which does not have the flare that her sister's bows have. Sendai's bow is a copy of the previous Kuma class's bow. Note: Jintsu did not recieve her flared bow until 1932, before the it was identical to Sendai's.

 

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Now we move on to the bridge towers.

 

A: A is not marked on each ship, instead the red circles represent A. Notice that this object is in the same place on Sendai and Naka, but is mounted slightly lower on Jintsu. Notice that the object itself is the same on Sendai and Jintsu but is on a slightly larger platform on Naka.

 

B: B is circled on Sendai, notice this gap between the bridge tower and the mast, this same gap is much smaller on her sisters, who's bridge towers extend out more in this area towards the mast.

 

C: C is circled on Sendai, noting there is nothing there, but in the same area on Naka and Jintsu there is a small platfrom, Jintsu's has windows.

 

D: D is circled on Naka. The deck that is circled is slightly longer than the same deck on her sisters, you can tell by how much further it extends past the searchlight mounted just below it.

 

E: E is marked as an arrow pointing towards the face of Naka's bridge. Notice that Naka's face is completely flat and straight, where there is a slight indent on her sisters about halfway up the face.

 

F: F is circled on Jintsu. This "box" is much taller on her than the same "box" on her sisters.

 

G: G is circled on Jintsu, notice this gap is not as big on Sendai and Naka as it is on Jintsu, this is because her bridge doesnt extend as far back as her sister's do.

 

Also worth noting is that Jintsu is the only one with a straight mast top.

 

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Moving on the the midsection.

 

A: Notice that Sendai is the only one who kept her forward torpedo tubes and didnt have them plated over. (note: the images show the ships after 1943, all 3 began the war with all 4 of ther torpedo tube mounts)

 

B: The easiest way to identify Sendai is by looking at her forward funnel, which is shorter than the same funnel on her sisters.

 

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Finally we move slightly further to the rear.

 

A: A is circled on Sendai, notice that this mast is completely solid, where her sister's are not.

 

B: B is circled on Sendai. On sendai this area is blank, that is because she had this 6" turret removed late in the war, Naka had her's removed as well but it was replaced by a dual 5" dual purpose turret, Jintsu is the only one who kept her 6" turret in this area.

 

C: Notice that the "slot" for the torpedo tube is slimmer and has more rounded on the edges on Sendai than the same "slots" on Naka and Jintu. Who's "slots" are identical.

 

D: Notice that this structure is wider than the same structure on Sendai, Naka does not have this structure.

 

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as you can see by the end of their careers Sendai was the only one with her complete torpedo battery intact, Naka was the only one who could provide long range AA firepower/ secondary firepower, And Jintsu was the only one who kept all of her original 6" gun mounts.

 

Below is all 3, Sendai on top, Naka in the middle and Jintsu on the bottom.

 

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Note: Both Naka and Jintsu were completed with a small flight deck built above their forward turrets and extending from their bridge towers, which doubled as hangars, these were removed by 1935. Showm below is Naka on the left and Jintsu on the right.

 

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Below we see a sendai class cruiser. We see that she has a flared bow, wee se that she has a small mount on the side of her bridge marked as "orange c" on Sendai but we notice that it doesnt have windows, we notice that her first funnel is taller than the rest, we see that her forward torpedo tubes between funnel 1 and 2 have been removed and plated over, we notice that her bridge face isnt completely square and flat and we notice that the pole sticking out of her rear mast is not completely solid. We now know that we are looking at Naka.

 

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Below we see a Sendai class cruiser. We see that she has a flared bow, we see that her first funnel is taller than the rest, we see that her "red A" mount is located low on the bridge tower, we see that her bridge face is completely square and flat, if we look really closely we can see that her " orange c" platfrom has windows, we see that the pole sticking out from her rear mast is not solid. We now know that we are looking at the Jintsu. (Notice her forward torpedo tubes have not yet been removed and plated over)

 

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Below we see a Sendai class cruiser. we see that her bow is not flared, we see that all of her funnel are the same height and we notice that the pole sticking out of her rear mast appears to be solid, we no know that we are looking at Sendai herself.

 

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I've no idea what the difference is, but I love the pictures!:aqua:

 

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I've no idea what the difference is, but I love the pictures!:aqua:

 

If it has a flared bow and a tall first funnel, or a small catapult jutting out of the bridge tower's face, then its not the Sendai. If it has a Kuma bow (and the image is taken after 1932) and all the funnels are the same hight then its the Sendai.

 

If the bridge windows go from on end of the bridge tower to the other completely flat against the bridge tower's face (like a rectangle) and it has a flared bow and tall first funnel then its the Jintsu

 

If the bridge windows start to slant back to the sides of the brisge tower (like a pentagon) and it has a flared bow and a tall first funnel then its the Naka

 

those are the easiest way to imediately tell them apart. :)

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Another good post, keep up the hard work, hope to see another one soon~! +1. 

And curious, I wonder if you could add your personal opinion to which you look the most, and why o3o, for that extra bit of interesting detail. 

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Where do you get the line drawings of the ships?

 

shipbucket.... yeesh i cant believe so many of you people havnt heard of shipbucket! :amazed:
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Another good post, keep up the hard work, hope to see another one soon~! +1. 

And curious, I wonder if you could add your personal opinion to which you look the most, and why o3o, for that extra bit of interesting detail. 

 

I personally like the Naka the best. I like her pentagon bridge, i think the fact that her forward torpedo tubes were removed and plated over makes her look more streamlined, speaking of streamlined i also love her flared bow and the tall forward funnel gives her personality. The dual 5" mount gives her an extra gun against surface targets and makes her the only ship in her class capable of long range AA fire also it adds personality to the ship's looks beause amongst all the 6" turrets and 25mm AA guns theres this random lone dual 5" mount! :D
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 as you can see by the end of their careers Sendai was the only one with her complete torpedo battery intact

 

The difference in torpedo armaments came from the fact that Naka and Jintsu were refitted with quad type 93 launchers to the rear while Sendai kept her four twin 8th year type torpedoes so they all still had eight total.  In fact Naka and Jintsu would have had more range and firepower over her sister Sendai overall.

 

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