HIJMS Tone - Premium VIII Japanese Cruiser

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HIJMS Tone - Premium VIII Japanese Cruiser

Postby Istvan56 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:58 am

On September 26, 2015 World of Warships released the patch notes for Update which announced three new premium ships would be released on October 19, 2015 along with the German Cruiser Tree and the Russian Destroyer Tree. The highest of the three new premiums is the Tier VIII Japanese Heavy Cruiser Tone.

IJN Heavy Cruiser Tone courtesy of http://www.the-blueprints.com

Designed as Mogami class cruisers
The Tone and her sister-ship Chikuma were supposed to be the fifth and sixth ships of the Mogami class built under the 1930 London Treaty limitations. As such they started out to be light cruisers. With Japan's refusal to renew the treaty in 1937 the navy immediately decided to complete these two ships as heavy cruisers with 8" (203 mm) guns instead of 6" (152 mm) guns. However, merely producing more Mogami class cruisers wasn't what the Japanese Navy needed. They needed ships that could support fleet carrier operations. And that is what the Tone and Chikuma became, hybrid cruiser - seaplane carriers.

The first catapult planes carried by the Tone class were Kawanishi E7K1 and K2 Type 94 "Alf" biplanes, courtesy of http://www.the-blueprints.com

Apples and Oranges
Unlike the United States Navy's doctrine of carrying "scout-bombers" aboard carriers like the Douglas SBD "Dauntless," the Imperial Japanese Navy kept fleet reconnaissance as a separate mission so every plane on board a Japanese carrier could be an attack aircraft and none were diverted to scouting missions. All fleet reconnaissance was performed by medium range catapult planes from cruisers. In addition there were short range observation or "spotting" aircraft for the fleet's battleships and cruisers. Finally, these cruiser based catapult planes had to be multi-mission attack aircraft capable of engaging either air, sea or land targets. In fact, the Japanese developed more types of specialized catapult float planes than any other nation which I'll address as a separate post to this thread.

IJN Heavy Cruiser Tone without aircraft courtesy of http://www.the-blueprints.com

The Tone class was created to fill all of these missions. First the main armament was reduced by from five turrets to four and all of them were moved to the fore of the hull to clear the rear deck for aircraft stowage. Two gunpowder fired catapults along with a crane and turntable were located there to launch, recover and store the planes. No hanger was built to keep the deck clear and the ships less top heavy. This arrangement allowed the magazines to be concentrated forward and better armored. It also allowed for the engine compartments and living quarters to have more room in the aft section of the ships. The Mogami class had been built using all welding construction instead of the more traditional riveting. The Tone class ships did away with that to simplify and increase the quality control since Japan was not as experienced with the former method of construction. Further modifications came in better stability and seaworthiness due to negative experiences with the Mogami class during rough seas. Armor was also improved throughout the ships.

IJN Heavy Cruiser Tone with 5 Aichi E13A1 "Jake" floatplanes shown onboard, up to 10 planes could be carried depending on the type. Picture courtesy of http://www.the-blueprints.com

HIJMS Tone and Chikuma's early wartime record
The Tone was almost always accompanied by the Chikuma giving the fleet 360 degree protection when aircraft could be launched and recovered. The sister-ships were assigned to Cruiser Division 8. Both were present at the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Tone and Chikuma launched E13A1 "Jake" floatplanes for reconnaissance of the harbor and Nakajima E8N "Dave" floatplanes to cover the fleet from discovery by errant US ships.

Following the Pearl Harbor Attack the cruisers supported the invasions of the Dutch East Indies and New Guinea as well as took part in the raid on Port Darwin, Australia. Tone's aircraft conducted strike missions on the Admiralty Islands, reconnaissance and one even shot down a Royal Australian PBY-5 "Catalina" flying boat. Both the Tone and Chikuma played pivotal roles on the discovery and loss of the USS Pecos (AO–6) a fleet oiler and USS Edsall (DD-219), a Clemson class destroyer. Both ships were attacked by carrier aircraft and sunk. (The story of the Pecos and Edsall are worthy of their own threads so I'll save them for another day.)

Chikuma picked up a handful of survivors of the heroic Edsall and treated them well, unusual for the Japanese. Tone may have picked up one or two as well. Tragically, the rest of the Edsall's crew were abandoned due to the false belief that there were enemy submarines in the vicinity, just as the USS Whipple had to do with some of the Peco's crew. After ten days aboard the cruisers the survivors were handed off to shore based IJN personnel who were not so kind. After the war a mass grave was discovered with the beheaded bodies of six of the Edsall's crew. No other bodies have ever been recovered from the survivors of that ship.

Indian Ocean Raids - 1942
After these Japanese early victories the Tone and Chikuma were part of a task force aimed at the British bases on Ceylon, modern-day Sri Lanka. The capital and port of Colombo in the south was targeted along with the British base at Trincomalee in the north of the island. The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Tenedos, armed merchant cruiser HMS Hector and 27 aircraft were destroyed and over 500 killed during the Columbo raid. Next the reconnaissance planes found the cruisers HMS Cornwall and Dorsetshire at sea. Both were sunk by carrier aircraft. The raid on Tricomalee found no ships in the harbor but 9 British planes were shot down. "Jake" floatplanes next found the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and escorts Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire, along with the corvette HMS Hollyhock with a fleet oiler and a depot ship at sea 65 miles (105 km) from Trincomalee. The entire convoy was sunk.

Battles of Midway and Eastern Solomons
Again these two ships played pivotal roles for the Imperial Japanese Navy though in the case of Tone, one of her plane's warning of the American ships off of Midway got lost in the moment which allowed for the US carriers to get the jump on the Japanese. During the Guadalcanal Campaign both Tone and Chikuma scouted the Slot for US ships and supported the attempts by the Japanese to retake Henderson Field. Floatplanes, like the Mitsubishi F1M Type 0 "Pete" looked for American PT boats' wakes at night in the phosphorus seas, then dropped flares and then attacked them. But not all the actions were near Guadalcanal. The Tone and Chikuma were involved with the Battle of Eastern Solomons where seven of their floatplanes went to spot the US fleet. Chikuma lost one of her reconnaissance planes but they found the Americans.

Following that battle the next fleet action they were involved in was the Battle of Santa Cruz in October, 1942. There Tone was detached from Chikuma to scout for the American fleet south of Guadalcanal. However it was a Kawanishi H6K "Emily" flying boat that found the US Navy task force centered around the USS Hornet. Tone lost two of her floatplanes in the attack that cost the US Navy the Hornet sunk and the South Dakota and light cruiser San Juan out of action due to damage.

In November, 1942 the Tone was sent back to Japan for a refit and upgrade to its AA suite. It was out of any major action throughout the following year as Japan retreated under US pressure.

The MV Behar Massacre
In February, 1944 three cruisers were detached from Cruiser Division 8 and placed under the command of Rear Admiral Naomasa Sakonju. They were the Aoba, Tone and Chikuma. The cruisers were sent commerce raiding in the Indian Ocean. Not to sink British warships this time but to do commerce raiding like the Germans had successfully done, capturing enemy merchantmen and keeping the best ones as prizes. Japan was suffering huge losses to her merchant fleet and needed vital resources, what better way to replenish them then by taking them from the enemy.

On March 9, 1944 the Tone spotted the MV Behar, an armed merchantman of the Hain Steamship Company of London, England. It was bound for India with a load of Australian zinc and carrying four passengers, two of them women, in addition to the merchant seamen and Royal Navy gun crews. When the Behar was engaged by the Tone instead of following normal "Cruiser Rules of War" like the Germans, the Japanese opened fire without asking for surrender. Needless to say 8" guns wrecked the Behar and killed several of her crew. Four lifeboats managed to get away from the sinking vessel and Tone's skipper, Captain Haruo Mayazumi, at least picked up the 108 survivors including the two women. This was not a repeat of Chikuma's treatment of the Edsall's sailors. The Behar's survivors were beaten, tied up tightly with ropes and left on the fantail for hours in the hot sun without water while a hold was cleared for their imprisonment. For six days they sat in hot, cramped quarters awaiting their fate.

Meanwhile, Captain Mayazumi radioed Admiral Sakonju about his success in sinking the Behar and capturing her crew. Sankonju was allegedly furious that Mayazumi sank the ship instead of capturing it as a prize. When Mayazumi asked what to do about the prisoners Sankonju ordered him to only disembark a third in Tandjong Priok, Java while the rest he was to take out to sea and "dispose of." Captain Mayazumi selected 35 prisoners, including both women passengers, to disembark for prisoner camps and dutifully put to sea. When the prisoners refused the "honorable" execution by beheading he had them lined up at the stern and shot, one by one. Other accounts say the 69 were first beaten and then beheaded but at the War Crimes trial Captain Mayazumi claimed otherwise giving the first account. Admiral Sakonju claimed his orders were in retaliation for US war crimes by strafing Japanese ship survivors, bombing hospital ships, etc. Regardless, upon conviction for their crimes Admiral Sakonju was hung and Captain Mayazumi received 7 years in prison.

The End of the Sisters
The war was going badly for the Japanese. In the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 25, 1944 the Tone and Chikuma were both part of Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita's Center Force which encountered Taffy 3 east of Samar Island, Philippines. Tone survived the battle but Chikuma was lost to damage by American aircraft. Tone retreated to the Home Islands with the rest of the fleet where she was caught in the Raid on Kure, July 24, 1945 when planes from Task Force 38 put three bombs into Tone, causing her to settle to the harbor's bottom. Not satisfied with the job the Navy had done the first time they came back on July 28th and strafed, rocketed and bombed the hulk again.

The Premium Ship
We don't know what version of the Tone we are going to see as a premium ship (edit: see ship tree for stats). She had her AA armament and radar suite upgraded several times during her life. Here are her basic statistics from navypedia.org
Class and type: Tone-class heavy cruiser
Displacement: 11215 tons (standard); 15200 (full)
Length: 190.3 pp 198.8 wl 201.6 oa (620 ft 5 in)
Beam: 19.4 m (63 ft 8 in)
Draught: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) standard, 6.47 m fully loaded
Propulsion: Kampon geared steam turbines,
8 Kampon boilers
152,000 shp (113,000 kW)
4 shafts
Speed: 35-knot (65 km/h)
Fuel: oil 2690 tons
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement: 850, later 874 due to upgraded AA
4 × twin 20.3 cm/50 caliber Type 3 shiki (4x2)
4 × twin 127 mm/40 caliber Type 89 shiki (5.0 in) secondary guns
12 x 25 mm/60 caliber Type 96 shiki (1 in) AA guns (6x2)
12 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes (4x3)
Armor: 100 mm (3.9 in) belt - machinery
145 mm magazines
100 mm Conning Tower sides, 50 mm CT roof
65–31 mm deck
25 mm turrets
Aircraft carried: Up to 10 depending on type and mission, usually 5 on deck
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Re: HIJMS Tone - Premium VII Japanese Cruiser

Postby Istvan56 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:45 am

I wanted to include a short article introducing the catapult planes Tone and Chikuma carried or had the option of carrying during special missions. I'm not going to include the special floatplanes that Japanese submarines carried. Yes, the Japanese had hybrid submarine-seaplane carriers besides battleship-seaplane carriers and cruiser- seaplane carriers. :ugeek:

Kawanishi E7K1 and K2 Mod 1 Reconnaissance Seaplane "Alf"
E7K1 had an underpowered and unreliable engine

Entering service in 1933 this twin-float biplane was the standard fleet medium reconnaissance aircraft before the start of WW-II. With the adoption of a more modern replacement the E7K2 stayed on in a secondary support role. The Allied code name for the aircraft was "Alf."

E7K2 had an improved radial engine

General characteristics
Crew: 3
Length: 10.50 m (34 ft 5½ in)
Wingspan: 14.00 m (45 ft 11¼ in)
Height: 4.85 m (15ft 10½ in)
Wing area: 43.60 m² (469.305 ft²)
Empty weight: 2100 kg (4,630 lb)
Loaded weight: 3300 kg (7,275 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Mitsubishi Zuisei 11 14 cylinder radial engine, 649 kW (870 hp)

Maximum speed: 275 km/h (171 mph)
Cruise speed: 100 kt at 1000 m (115 mph at 3,280 ft)
Service ceiling: 7,060 m (23,165 ft)
Wing loading: 75.7 kg/m² (15.5 lb/ft²)

Guns: 1× fixed Type 97 (Vickers) and 2× trainable 7.7mm (0.303in) Type 92 machine guns (Lewis gun), one dorsal, one ventral
Bombs: 120 kg (265 lb) of bombs

Nakajima E8N Type 94 Reconnaissance Seaplane Mod 1 "Dave"

From 1935 to 1940 this was the standard catapult launched seaplane aboard capital ships, cruisers and supported by seaplane tenders. The single-float biplane was used for short-range reconnaissance, observation or gunnery spotting and even pressed into service during the Second Sino-Japanese War for dive bombing. Relegated to secondary duties during WW-II it had the Allied code name of "Dave."

General characteristics
Crew: 2
Length: 8.81 m (28 ft 11 in)
Wingspan: 10.98 m (36 ft 0 in)
Height: 3.84 m (12 ft 7 in)
Wing area: 26.5 m² (285.14 ft²)
Empty weight: 1,320 kg (2,904 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 1,900 kg (4,180 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Nakajima Kotobuki 2 KAI 2 9-cylinder radial piston, 470 kW (630 hp)

Maximum speed: 301 km/h (162 kn, 186 mph)
Cruise speed: 186 km/h (100 kn, 115 mph)
Range: 904 km (485 nm, 558 mi)
Service ceiling: 7,270 m (23,845 ft)
Wing loading: 71.7 kg/m² (14.66 lb/ft²)
Time to 3,000 m: 6 min 31 sec

Guns: 2 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) machine guns
Bombs: 2 × 30 kg (66 lb) bombs

Mitsubishi F1M Navy Type 0 Observation Seaplane "Pete"

This little two-seat biplane was built as a catapult launched observation or gunner spotting plane. However, it was pressed into service in a wide variety of roles including: area-defense fighter, convoy escort, bomber, anti-submarine, maritime patrol, air-sea rescue and transport. It served through-out the war and was the only bi-plane to do so in Japanese service. The Allied code name for it was "Pete."

General characteristics
Crew: two, pilot and rear gunner
Length: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
Height: 4 m (13 ft 1½ in)
Wing area: 29.5 m² (318 ft²)
Empty weight: 1,928 kg (4,251 lb)
Loaded weight: 2,550 kg (5,622 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 2,856 kg[2] (6,296 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Mitsubishi Zuisei 13 14-cylinder two-row radial engine, 653 kW (875 hp)

Maximum speed: 370 km/h (200 kn, 230 mph) at 3,440 m (11,300 ft)
Range: 740 km (400 nmi, 460 mi)
Service ceiling: 9,440 m (30,970 ft)
Wing loading: 86.3 kg/m² (17.7 lb/ft²)
Power/mass: 257 W/kg (0.156 hp/lb)
Climb to 5,000 m (16,404 ft): 9 min 36 sec

2 × fixed forward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 97 aircraft machine guns
1 × flexible rearward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 92 machine gun
Bombs: 2 × 60 kg (132 lb) bombs

Aichi E13A Navy Type 0 Reconnaissance Seaplane "Jake"

The Aichi E13A was the most common catapult plane encountered by the Allies during WW-II and that was because it was numerically the most produced floatplane. This three-seater was the fleet's medium range reconnaissance aircraft, flying boats supported by sea-plane tenders being the long range reconnaissance aircraft. There were versions of the E13A that were search radar equipped and a special version that was for anti-shipping/anti-submarine use that had a downward firing 20 mm cannon and could carry depth charges instead of bombs. The Allied code name for the E13A in all of its variants was "Jake."

Picture courtesy Wikipedia Commons
General characteristics
Crew: 3
Length: 11.31 m (37 ft 1 in)
Wingspan: 14.50 m (47 ft 7 in)
Height: 4.70 m (15 ft 5 in)
Wing area: 36.0 m² (387 ft²)
Empty weight: 2,642 kg (5,825 lb)
Loaded weight: 3,640 kg (8,025 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 4,000 kg (8,800 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Mitsubishi Kinsei 43 14-cylinder air-cooled twin-row radial engine, 810 kW (1,080 hp)

Maximum speed: 375 km/h (234 mph)
Range: 2,100 km (1,300 mi)
Service ceiling: 8,700 m (28,500 ft)
Rate of climb: 8.2 m/s (1,610 ft/m)
Wing loading: 101.1 kg/m² (20.7 lb/ft²)

Guns: 1× flexible, rearward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 92 machine gun for observer
Bombs: 250 kg (551 lb) of bombs

Aichi E16A Zuiun Reconnaissance Seaplane "Paul"

The Aichi E16A was the replacement for the Aichi E13A but it never had enough production numbers to fully replace the obsolete planes still in service in the fleet. The Allied code name for it was "Paul."

General characteristics
Crew: 2 (pilot and observer)
Length: 10.83 m (35 ft 6 in)
Wingspan: 12.81 m (42 ft)
Height: 4.79 m (15 ft 9 in)
Wing area: 28 m² (300 ft²)
Empty weight: 2,945 kg (6,490 lb)
Loaded weight: 4,553 kg (10,000 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Mitsubishi Kinsei 54 14-cylinder, air-cooled, twin-row radial engine, 970 kw (1,300 hp)

Maximum speed: 439 km/h (237 kn, 274 mph)
Range: 2,420 km (1,307 nmi, 1,510 mi)
Service ceiling: 10,000 m (33,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 10 m/s (1,970 ft/min)
Wing loading: 139.3 kg/m² (28.5 lb/ft²)
Power/mass: 0.21 kW/kg (0.29 hp/kg; 0.13 hp/lb)

Guns: 2 fixed forward-firing 20 mm Type 99 cannons in wings
1 flexible rearward-firing 13 mm (.51 in) Type 2 machine gun for observer
Bombs: 250 kg (550 lb) of bombs

Nakajima A6M2-N Type 2 Interceptor/Fighter-bomber "Rufe"

This was a copy of the Mitsubishi A6M2 Type 0 Model 11 "Zeke" with a single float and outriggers. The "Zero" lost about 20% of its flight performance as a fighter floatplane so it was never a match for even early WW-II Allied fighters. Yet it still went up against P-40's, P-38's and even was used to intercept B-17 bombers. Whatever its weaknesses it was employed at isolated bases from the Aleutians to French Indochina where airfields were not available. It was also possible to launch it from a ship's catapult.

General characteristics
Length: 10.10 m (33ft 1⅝ in)
Wingspan: 12.00 m (39 ft 4⅜ in)
Height: 4.30 m (14ft 1⅜ in)
Wing area: 22.44 m² (251.4 sq ft)
Empty weight: 1,912 kg (4,235 lb)
Loaded weight: 2,460 kg (5,423 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 2,880 kg (6,349 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Nakajima NK1C Sakae 12 air cooled 14 cylinder radial engine, 950 hp (709 kW) at 4,200 m (13,800 ft)

Maximum speed: 436 km/h (235 knots, 270.5 mph) at 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
Cruise speed: 296 km/h (160 knots, 184 mph)
Range: 1,782 km (963 nmi, 1,107 mi)
Service ceiling: 10,000 m (32,800 ft)
Climb to 5,000 m (16,400 ft): 6 min 43 s

2 × 7.7 mm Type 97 machine guns in forward fuselage
2 ×20 mm Type 99 cannons -fixed in outer wings
Bombs: 2 × 60 kg (132 lb) bombs

Kawanishi N1K Kyōfū Navy Interceptor/Fighter-bomber Seaplane "Rex"

The Kawanishi N1K Kyōfū is the seaplane version of the successful Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden "George" fighter. The seaplane version came first as a replacement for the "Rufe." However, the landplane version (indicated by the "-J") proved such a superior variant that few of the seaplanes were produced. The "George" received an upgraded engine and weapons package that further made it superior to the seaplane version. The Allied code name for the seaplane version was "Rex."

General characteristics
Crew: 1
Length: 10.49 m (34 ft)
Wingspan: 12.0 m (39 ft 4 in)
Height: 4.75 m (15 ft 7.5 in)
Wing area: 23.5 m² (253 ft²)
Empty weight: 2,752 kg (6,067 lb)
Loaded weight: 3,712 kg (8,184 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Mitsubishi MK4E Kasei 15 radial engine, 1,530 hp

Maximum speed: 489 km/h (304 mph)
Cruising speed: 370 km/hr (230 mph)
Range: 1,700 km (1,036 mi)
Service ceiling: 10,560 m (34,645 ft)
Time to 5,000 m (16,400 ft): 5 mins 32 sec.

Guns: 2 x 7.7 mm Type 97 MG in upper cowling, 2 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannons in the wings
Bombs: 2× 250 kg (551 lb) bombs or drop tanks

All pictures not attributed are courtesy of http://www.the-blueprints.com. All plane statistics are courtesy of Warplanes of the Second World War by William Green, Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War by René J. Francillon, Ph.D., and Combat Aircraft of World War Two by Elke C. Weal, John A. Weal and Richard F. Barker, all rights reserved.
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Re: HIJMS Tone - Premium VII Japanese Cruiser

Postby Istvan56 » Fri Oct 02, 2015 12:48 am

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Re: HIJMS Tone - Premium VII Japanese Cruiser

Postby FooWasHere » Sat Oct 03, 2015 4:13 am

And here I was, being a bit curious on the Japanese floatplanes in the game, and hey presto! Thank you for the write-up. :)

Was ever flying boats used ya the IJN from cruiser or battleships? Like the Walrus I mean.

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Re: HIJMS Tone - Premium VII Japanese Cruiser

Postby Istvan56 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:35 am

Yes and no on the Japanese flying boat catapult planes. Not by WW-2, the only flying boats still in front line service were the Kwanishi H6K "Mavis" and H8K2 "Emily" four engine long range reconnaissance planes were much too large for launching from ships.

Only the 1930's Aichi E10A "Hank" and E11A "Laura" flying boats were were small enough and designed for catapult use. But the Hanks and the subsequent Lauras were a limited production aircraft, only 15 of the former and 17 were built for "night spotting" from battleships and cruisers. Like the Soviet Kor 2 and British Walrus they were both single engine biplane designs. The Japanese Navy soon figured out that they going to be so rarely used they didn't actually put them on the ships but used them as transportation and communications aircraft. The 3 seater Lauras had over a 1,000 mile range so they could go island hopping in the South Pacific. The Hanks had all been retired prior to Pearl Harbor but may have been used around the Home Islands as utility aircraft during the war. Both type of aircraft were replaced by the ones you see up above, Daves, Petes, Jakes and Pauls, all float planes.
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Re: HIJMS Tone - Premium VII Japanese Cruiser

Postby onemadtrucker » Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:50 pm

Love these posts. Glad I was in Ichase's twitch channel today and found the site!
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Re: HIJMS Tone - Premium VII Japanese Cruiser

Postby Istvan56 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:03 pm

Thanks for posting!

For those who want to know what makes the Tone class premium different and worth buying are these features:

  • Better armored than parent Mogami class or prior tier Myoko class
  • 6 fighters/spotters available to continually support team. (Recommend using premium planes for faster refuel/rearming to take fullest advantage of having six planes.)
  • If spotter planes are optional than has slightly greater range than either Mogami (w/ 8'/203 mm guns) or Myoko. Mogami w/ 6"/152 mm has range perk available to captain so can extend those further.
  • Has Premium benefits like Atago does for training captains, more doubloons per match and free XP like an elite ship.

  • Less hit points than either an upgraded Myoko or an upgraded Mogami
  • Has fewer main guns (4 x dual 8"/203 mm turrets) vs. Myoko (5 x dual 8"), Atago (5 x dual 8") or Mogami (5 x triple 6" or 5 x dual 8")
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Re: HIJMS Tone - Premium VII Japanese Cruiser

Postby KronTD » Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:06 am

This looks very interesting, I wonder when we'll see it in game :P

The post is very informative , great work, btw this is my first post on the forum, it's a pleasure
to be here.

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Re: HIJMS Tone - Premium VIII Japanese Cruiser

Postby Shadow_1964 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:47 pm

I built the Tamiya 1/350 scale versions of the Tone and the Chikuma. Gorgeous ships, but they have a LOT of planes. I'll post pics when I figure that out. I also built Yamato- same specs, same company. I would love to get the Tone. Does anyone here have it? Tell me about it.

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