1250 SCALE MESSAGE BOARD
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Posted by 1/6000 on 10/30/2020, 10:39 am, in reply to "Re: Quiz
You're surely right about the orders of battle at Yalu and thus the picture of the Quiz showing the ships in correct order.
To clarify my first post, I was referring to the idea leading to that kind of peculiar design of sisterships with different gun positions. So, as intended by the designer, Matsushima should have been at the rear. Her placement at Yalu is a whole different story. As far as I remember, japanese tactics where mainly focused on the use of QF, so the rear main gun of the Matsushima doesn't seem to have been as important as intended.
Your reasoning certainly seems logical, but according to Chinese Battleship vs. Japanese Cruiser: Yalu River 1894 by Benjamin Lai shows the Japanese main squadron led by the Matsushima (Vice Admiral Ito's flagship) followed by Itukushima, Hashidate, Chiyoda, Fuso, Hiei, Sakiyo Maru, and Akagi. The reasoning for this arrangement is not given that I could find. However, this could be due to the Matsushima being considered a slightly better sea boat than her sister ships due to the placement of the main gun. Another possible reason could be that with the big gun mounted aft the Admiral's vision of the battle would be less hampered by the smoke from the main gun firing.
The model of the Matsushima was a WTJ WTJ-0611218 1/1250 scale Matsushima (3D DLP).