Armored Cruiser Iwate Free Ship Paper Model Download

Armored Cruiser Iwate Free Ship Paper Model Download


Armored Cruiser Iwate Free Ship Paper Model DownloadThis  paper model is the Iwate, an Izumo-class armored cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), the papercraft was designed by etsutan. It was named after Iwate prefecture in northern Japan, and it was a sister ship of the Izumo.

Iwate was one of six armored cruisers ordered from overseas shipyards after the First Sino-Japanese War as part of the "Six-Six Program". Four of the cruisers in this project were built in Elswick, in the United Kingdom by Armstrong Whitworth, and Iwate was the second ship of the second pair ordered to Armstrong Whitworth.

The basic design for all cruisers in the "Six-Six Program" was the same, although each shipyard was relatively free in details. The design for Iwate was based on that of the Asama-class cruiser, except that improvements in steam engine design allowed her triple expansion reciprocating engine to be built with 24 Belleville boilers instead of the 12 locomotive-style boilers in Asama. This resulted in a weight savings of over 300 tons. As with Asama, Iwate had a steel hull divided into 166 waterproof compartments, a low forecastle, and two masts. The prow was reinforced for ramming. However, her armor plating made use of the newly developed Krupp armor instead of the Harvey armor used by her predecessors.

Armored-Cruiser-Iwate-Paper-Model-2The main armament of Iwate was two separate 20.3 cm/45 Type 41 naval guns in gun turrets in the bow and stern. The guns could rotate 150 degrees to either side and could elevate to 30 degrees, firing at a rate of two rounds per minute. Secondary armament consisted of fourteen Elswick QF 6 inch /40 naval gun quick-firing guns, with a firing rate of five to seven shots per minute. Izumo was also equipped with twelve QF 12 pounder 12 cwt naval guns, seven QF 3 pounder Hotchkiss guns and five 457 mm torpedo tubes.

Iwate was laid down in November 1898, launched on 29 March 1900 and handed over to the Japanese on 18 March 1901. Externally, the main difference between Iwate and her predecessors Asama and Tokiwa was the use of three smokestacks instead of two. [Source: wiki]

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