I really don't agree with your characterization of Japanese modellers as a bunch of oversized children who build models with the intent of replaying ww2 and destroying them. Actual children who want something to play with wouldn't buy this kit in the first place, not when there are bigger, cheaper, more colorful, more durable, and ready-for-play toys available.
And I say hurray for Kancolle! The ship-girls smartphone game greatly boosted interest in ship modelling in Asia. Previous posts bemoaned the lack of young modellers and blamed video games; well, this game got young gamers interested in both ship modelling and naval history, and increased ship model sales many many times over. I think many ship kits released in recent years were funded by the profits from Kancolle tie-in kits. So even if it looks weird to you, don't underestimate the influence of this game!