Simple Papercraft - Japanese Aircraft Carrier Hosho Free Download

Simple Papercraft - Japanese Aircraft Carrier Hosho Free Download


Simple Papercraft - Japanese Aircraft Carrier Hosho Free DownloadThis is a simple papercraft about aircraft carrier Hosho (Hōshō), it is designed by Fábio Coelho. Carrier paper models are usually particularly complex, but this carrier papercraft is very simple, only one page!

About the Hosho: Hōshō was the world's first commissioned ship that was designed and built as an aircraft carrier, and the first aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Commissioned in 1922, the ship was used for testing carrier aircraft operations equipment, techniques, such as take-offs and landings, and carrier aircraft operational methods and tactics. The ship provided valuable lessons and experience for the IJN in early carrier air operations. Hōshō's superstructure and other obstructions to the flight deck were removed in 1924 on the advice of experienced aircrews.

Hōshō and her aircraft group participated in the Shanghai Incident in 1932 and in the opening stages of the Sino-Japanese War in late 1937. During those two conflicts, the carrier's aircraft supported Imperial Japanese Army ground operations and engaged in aerial combat with enemy aircraft. The small size of the ship and her assigned airgroups limited the effectiveness of her contributions to combat operations. As a result, the carrier was placed in reserve after her return to Japan from China and she became a training carrier in 1939.

During World War II Hōshō participated in the Battle of Midway in June 1942 in a secondary role. After the battle, the carrier resumed her training role in Japanese home waters for the duration of the conflict and survived the war with only minor damage from air attacks. She was used as a repatriation transport after the war, making nine trips to bring some 40,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians to Japan from overseas locations. Hōshō was scrapped in Japan beginning in 1946.

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  1. Hello, my real name should not appear on there, but the Studio's name (MegaMoonLiner Studio).
    In plus, this is the first of a WWII Papercraft Series, and IJN AKASHI and USS CLEMSON/BROOKS have been developed and are awaiting a new page on the website to be showcased in.
    Next model will much likely be the USS CLEVELAND (light cruiser).
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful model: as being the first, it's the one freely downloadable!