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Re: Taiyo Maru as a Trooper
I did such a conversion, from memory there were gunners listed as being on board so there may have been some AAA fitted.
So what Im gathering here, is if I modify the model all I need to do is paint it IJN gray, and possibly cover what appears to be a pool aft of the second funnel?
I've read about her scouting the route for the Dec. 7 attack force. I might leave it alone sice she effectively functioned a in a military role, and I got her for my liner at war sub collection.
Thanks for the information!
The Taiyo Maru (ex CAP FINISTERRE) was not requisitioned for military service (by the IJA) until May 1942. The ship was sunk on its initial voyage for the IJA on May 8th, 1942.
Interestingly the Taiyo Maru had been in Pearl Harbor on November 1-5, 1941 with IJN officers (disguised as civilians) on board to investigate the harbor for the midget submarines. The vessel arriving in Japan on November 17, 1941.
So the Taiyo Maru stayed in civilian service almost right up to the start of the war. Vessels that had already been requisitioned before the start of the war probably had priority for any armaments available. Also the ship would have had to been repainted and possibly had its interior at least partially redone to reduce fire hazard.
This lack of armament also seems to be the case with the Brazil Maru. There is a pic showing the vessel in the Spring of 1942 still sporting at least some of her civilian livery and no armament. http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fww6.enjoy.ne.jp%2F%7Eiwashige%2Fmodellist.htm