1/350 40023 Hasegawa Soya Antarctica Observation 3rd Corps
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Built in Japan 1936-38 on a Soviet contract, Soya's delivery was canceled due to tension between the Empire and the USSR. Purchased by the IJN in 1939, Soya survived multiple US and British attacks in WW II, with damage and crew losses. Postwar, the vessel helped to repatriate refugees from Japanese territory seized and occupied by the USSR. Postwar, Soya enjoyed a long career as an ice breaker and rescue ship. In 1959, news outlets around the world reported Soya's rescue of two huskie dogs after severe weather had forced an earlier expedition to leave them behind. She is now a museum ship, restored to her original, 'as launched' commercial freighter configuration. The long career of this ship exemplifies the recovery and resurgence of the spirit of modern Japan. This model is from all new molds and does justice to this historic vessel. Full-hull model has 323 pieces and includes all deck fittings, float plane, helicopter and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
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