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Japanese Battleship Hiei 比叡 (1942)

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Saladcakes avatar Saladcakes
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This is a rebuild of my previous build of Hiei, as I wanted to rebuild both Kongō and Hiei for some time, and I have now finally done so.

So most of the information will be the same ship.

And yes, this is a 1:1 minecraft build.

  Laid down in 1911 at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Hiei was formally commissioned in 1914. She was one of the most heavily armed capital ships in the world at the time of her commissioning, as she was armed with 14 inch (36 cm) guns. She was the first of her class to be built in Japanese shipyards, which made her sister ship, Kongō, the last ship of the Imperial Japanese Navy to be built in a foreign shipyard.

Starting in 1929, Hiei was converted to a gunnery training ship to avoid being scrapped under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty. She served as Emperor Hirohito's transport in the mid-1930s. Starting in 1937, she underwent a full-scale reconstruction that completely rebuilt her superstructure, lengthened her by 8 meters, upgraded her powerplant, which increased her speed to 30+ knots, and equipped her with launch catapults for floatplanes. Her superstructure was rebuilt as a prototype of the tower-mast that would eventually be used on the Yamato class, then still in the design phase. She was later reclassified as a fast battleship, and she late sailed as part of Vice-Admiral Chuichi Nagumo's Combined Fleet, escorting the six carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

She was very active during the various campaigns in Pacific, including the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, where on the evening of 13 November 1942, Hiei engaged American cruisers and destroyers alongside her sister ship Kirishima. After inflicting heavy damage on American cruisers and destroyers, Hiei was crippled by American vessels. She was scuttled her with torpedoes after suffering damage from US carrier aircraft. Hiei sank sometime in the evening on 14 November with the loss of 188 of her crew, becoming the first battleship lost by Japan during World War II. She was removed from the Navy List on 20 December 1942.

In Minecraft, Hiei is built in her final 1942 configuration, with her prototype pagoda mast being her most prominent feature. In comparison to my previous iteration of Hiei, this is basically a rebuild from my previous build, with her changes to her hull, placement of portholes, and a complete rebuild of her superstructure. The biggest change was to her pagoda mast, which I shortened the length of, which made the build look much more to scale with the real ship. I might do Kongo and the rest of the class, since I now have a hull that I'm satisfied with to carry over to the other ships, but that's for later.

Hope you enjoy
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Sources and info taken from Wikipedia: Japanese battleship Hiei - Wikipedia
Renders made using Chunky.
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