Fork me on GitHub

Project Notes

#716 IJN Military Transports

Building the No.1 and No.101 landing ships 輸送艦 from the Tamiya Military Transport set. No electronics or base for this - saving for a future diorama.



In June 1943, after its defeat in the Guadalcanal Campaign, the IJN realized it needed high-speed military transport vessels, and designed two classes of ship in response. Prior to this, they had lost too many destroyers employed as transporters. These high-speed transport vessels were actually developed by the IJN and IJA in cooperation(!).

No.1-class landing ship (第一号型輸送艦,, Dai 1 Gō-gata Yusōkan)

  • a 1500 ton mothership of the Daihatsu-class landing craft and Kō-hyōteki-class submarines
  • Their primary role was that of a transporter, however since their armaments were strong they were useful as multi-purpose ships at the front, functioning as transporters, as minelayers and as escort ships.
  • Most of these vessels were sent to the Battle of Leyte and transportation duty of the Bonin Islands.

No.101-class landing ship (第百一号型輸送艦,, Dai 101 Gō-gata Yusōkan)

The Kit

Japanese Military Transport Set Waterline Series Tamiya No. 31501 1:700 was tooled way back in 1979 but is still widely available and is very finely molded.

It includes the two main vessels:

And a range of transported equipment:

Paint Scheme

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
superstructure   XF-53(2):XF-63(1) H83
Lower hull hull red XF-9 70.985 Hull Red
tank khaki XF-49 H65 + misc Vallejo for camo

Build Log

build01a build01b build01c

No crew or base right now - I’m reserving these for a future diorama.

build02a build02b build02c build02d build02e build02f

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.