This ship paper model is the Akitsushima, a protected cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), designed and built by the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal in Japan. The papercraft was designed by etsutan. The name Akitsushima comes from an archaic name for Japan, as used in the ancient chronicle Kojiki.
Akitsushima was the sole cruiser for the Imperial Japanese Navy planned under the 1889 fiscal year budget. Originally intended as a domestically-built fourth vessel in the Matsushima-class of cruisers under the Jeune École philosophy promoted by French military advisor and naval architect Louis-Émile Bertin, opposition by the pro-British faction within the navy, and growing concerns on the effectiveness and operational utility of the Matsushima-class, led to a new design with multiple guns rather than a single, huge Canet gun. Bertin was outraged by the new design and threatened to return to France.
The design of Akitsushima was based closely on that of the last vessel to be constructed in the Matsushima-class, namely the Hashidate, retaining the same hull construction and machinery, with the primary difference being in the type and layout of her armament. The armaments of Akitsushima were initially based on the cruiser Chiyoda, but the Japanese navy felt that this was too light, and demanded the inclusion of an additional four rapid firing QF 6 inch /40 naval guns, twin mounted fore and aft. The rapid rate of fire of these guns gave Akitsushima a large advantage over the more heavily armed Matsushima-class, whose slow rate of fire had led cadets to say during training exercises that “ by the time one shot is fired, the day is over”. For more information please click here.
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