IJN Taiho (CV-1942)


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The Taiho was an improved Soryu type. All of the dimensions were increased slightly and a full bridge and funnel combination replaced the split units employed on previous carriers. The real life version of the Taiho was an armoured deck carrier. However I do not build the armoured Illustrious type for the Japanese to take inspiration from. So a very good carrier type has to provide the inspiration, the Japanese Soryu, which coming out of my dockyards, is a very good bit of inspiration indeed.

Besides the slight increase in dimensions the Taiho introduced the open backed 3.9" mounting to the aircraft carrier fleet. The ships were still fitted with the 25mm gun. By this time the Japanese would have had examples of the 40mm Bofors guns that would have been captured from the Dutch in the East Indies. If those had of replaced the 25mm triples with 40mm twins and 25mm twins with 40mm singles, would that have made a difference to the AA capabilities of the Japanese ships? As far as I am concerned it certainly would have. Lets see a Taiho with 40mm.

I like the change of light AA from 25mm to 40mm, it even looks good on the ship.


Displacement 31,000 tons std, 37,500 tons full load
Length 870 feet
Breadth 98 feet (hull)
Draught 32 ft
Machinery 4 shaft Steam turbines, 160,000shp
Speed 33 knots
Range 10,000 miles at 18 knots
Armour 6" side, 4.7" main deck
Armament As completed

16 x 3.9" (8x2)

66 x 25mm (22x3) or (42x40mm)

Aircraft 90
Complement 2150
Notes IJN Taiho






Very nice bit of wallpaper art of the real life Taiho with only the 12x3.9" fitted. (The rest of the class were supposed to increase to 16 as I have shown above.)


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