This is an injection-plastic ship model kit.
Adapted from Aoshima:
With new classes of submarines introduced, the capability of the existing Jinge-class submarine tender was soon exceeded. To meet the new demands, the development of new submarine tender was passed under the 1st Navel Armaments Supplement Program of 1933. Taigei was laid down on April 12th 1933 at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal and was completed on March 1934. However, due to its complex production process and mechanical problems with the diesel engine, repair and improvement continued.
Evan after completion, Taigei was damaged by a typhoon and it was not until September 1938 she joined the IJN 1st Fleet. In December 20, 1941, soon after the outbreak of the Pacific War, Taigei was docked at the Yokosuka Navel Arsenal for conversion to an aircraft carrier. Conversion was delayed due to damage by the Doolittle Raid of April 1942. Finally in November 28, the conversion was completed and Taigei was renamed Ryuho.
- [Mold Color]: Gray, brown, tan