Aikoku Maru was laid down at the Mitsui Tamano shipyards in Okayama Prefecture on 29 December 1938. The vessel was launched on 25 April 1940, and was named Aikoku Maru at that time.
She was designed to be a combined passenger liner / cargo vessel for the Osaka Shosen Lines’s regularly scheduled services to South America. Provisionally named Kyoto, the design for the new vessel was to have boasted of luxurious suite rooms. The vessel was built with large government subsidies provided from 1936 to encourage the production of large, high-speed transports and tankers, which could be quickly converted to military use in times of conflict.
Although ostensibly a luxury ocean liner, the military had a say in the design of Aikoku Maru with an eye towards its future use as a troop transport. Provision was made for landing craft and for the anchoring of naval artillery.
A 3D Printed Board Game Miniature Piece for a variety of board games, such as;
- Axis and Allies
Suitable for use as a replacement Transport Ship.
Approximate Dimensions: 5 mm wide x 42 mm long x 6 mm height
Approximate Weight: 1 gram