Fork me on GitHub

Project Notes

#706 IJN Destroyer Ayanami

Building the Tamiya 1:700 representation of the IJN Destroyer Ayanami 綾波



IJN Fubuki-class Destroyer Ayanami (綾波) was commissioned in 1930.

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, from 1937, Ayanami covered landing of Japanese forces in Shanghai and Hangzhou. From 1940, she was assigned to patrol and covered landings of Japanese forces in south China.


Key engagements from the record of movement:

  • 20-26 November 1941: Assigned to Desdiv 19 (URANAMI, SHIKINAMI, AYANAMI, ISONAMI), Desron 3, First Fleet. Desdiv 19 steamed with Desron 3 from Kure to Samah (Hainan).
  • 4 December 1941-11 January 1942: Escorted troop convoys out of Samah, Camranh Bay and Mako (Pescadores) in Malaya invasion operations.
  • 4-5 June 1942: Battle of Midway. Desdiv 19 escorted Admiral Yamamoto’s Main Body.
  • 24 August 1942: Battle of Eastern Solomons. Escorted fleet supply group.
  • 26 October 1942: Battle of Santa Cruz. On alert in Shortlands-area.
  • 12-15 November 1942: Naval Battles for Guadalcanal. Operated with URANAMI in assault on U.S. destroyers. Sunk: by gunfire of U.S. battleship-destroyer group southeast of Savo Island (09-10 S, 159-52 E)

Reviews and Resources

Ayanami Class - navyreviewer


WaterLIne 1/700 【千円艦隊】「駆逐艦(Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet Destroyers)いろいろ作ってみた。」vol.01 (includes Ayanami 綾波)


Paint Scheme

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
stack and mast tops black XF1 H12
gun baffles white XF2 H11
lower hull   XF9 H17
searchlight chrome silver X11 H8
hull and superstructure   XF53+XF63 2:1 H83
anchor   XF56 H18

Build Log

build01a build01b build01c build01d

That’s it for now. no seascape as I’m planning to use this in another diorama soon

build02a build02b build02c

Credits and References

Project Source on GitHub Project Gallery Return to the LEAP Catalog

This page is a web-friendly rendering of my project notes shared in the LEAP GitHub repository.

LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.