- Historical Collection
- 2430 pieces
- Bodywork with pad printing
- Completed Dimensions 35.4” L x 5.3” W x 6.7” H
- Compatible with leading block and brick brands
- Recommended for 10 years and above.
Musashi (武蔵), named after the former Japanese province, was one of three Yamato-class battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), beginning in the late 1930s. The Yamato-class ships were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing almost 72,000 long tons (73,000 t) fully loaded and armed with nine 46-centimetre (18.1 in) main guns. Their secondary armament consisted of four 15.5-centimetre (6.1 in) triple-gun turrets formerly used by the Mogami-class cruisers. They were equipped with six or seven floatplanes to conduct reconnaissance.
Commissioned in mid-1942, Musashi was modified to serve as the flagship of the Combined Fleet, and spent the rest of the year working up. The ship was transferred to Truk in early 1943 and sortied several times that year with the fleet in unsuccessful searches for American forces. She was used to transfer forces and equipment between Japan and various occupied islands several times in 1944. Torpedoed in early 1944 by an American submarine, Musashi was forced to return to Japan for repairs, during which the navy greatly augmented her anti-aircraft armament. She was present during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June, but did not come in contact with American surface forces. Musashi was sunk by an estimated 19 torpedo and 17 bomb hits from American carrier-based aircraft on 24 October 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Over half of her crew was rescued. Her wreck was located in March 2015 by a team of researchers employed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
This model from COBI is finely crafted 1:300 scale and is made up of 2,430 blocks. Once completed it is an impressive 90 cm (35.4") in length. No detail was spared in creating one of the largest COBI setsto date. It has many moving parts such as propellers, rudders, rotating towers and gun barrels, which can be raised and lowered. The set comes with a block stock stand with the pad-printed name of the ship emblazoned on it. Because of its size and complexity, the model is recommended for veteran collectors and experienced fans of blocks.