How did the battle of Weihaiwei end

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120 years ago today, on September 17, 1894, the largest sea battle of the Sino-Japanese War broke out near the mouth of the Yalu (see anniversaries on model navy). This war was fought for rule over Korea.

The Japanese fleet sat down from the ironclad Fuso, the armored corvette Here, the armored cruiser Chiyoda, the protected cruisers Matsushima (Flagship), Hashidate, Itsukushima, Naniwa, Takachiho, Akitsushima and Yoshino, the Aviso (converted passenger ship) Saikyo Maru and the gunboat Akagi together.

The Chinese fleet consisted of the battleships Dingyuan (old spelling Ting Yuan or Ting Yuen) and Zhenyuan (Chen Yuan), the armored cruisers Jingyuan (King Yuan), Laiyuan (Lai Yuan) and Pingyuan (Ping Yuan), the protected cruisers Jiyuan (Tsi Yuan or Chi Yuen), Zhiyuan (Chih Yuan), Jingyuan (Ching Yuan), Chaoyong (Chao Yung) and Yangwei (Yang Wei), the corvette Guangjia (Kuang Chia), the torpedo cruiser Guangbing (Kuang Ping), and the torpedo boats Fulong (Fu Lung) and Zuoyi (Tso I or Choi Ti) and the gunboats Zhenzhong (Chen Chung) and Zhennan (Chen Nan).

The battle ended in a clear victory for the Japanese fleet. The Chinese fleet lost the five cruisers Guangjia, Chaoyong, Yangwei, Zhiyuan and Jingyuan (King Yuan) and most of the other ships were damaged. The fleet withdrew to Weihaiwei, where it was besieged by the Japanese and eventually sunk or captured. On the Chinese side, 718 died and at least 124 were wounded, 90 of the Japanese fleet died and 208 were wounded (34 of whom later died in hospitals).

The majority of the ships used at that time are or have been made in the meantime as 1/700 scale kits. The Fuso was or is there from Yumemato or Kombrig (from both but in the wrong state of construction); Here,Matsushima, Hashidate and Itsukushima are available from Seals Models. There are those from Modelkrak Chiyoda, Yoshino, Itsukushima, Naniwa/Takachiho and Akitsushima. There are from S-Model Dingyuan (Ting Yuan), Zhenyuan (Chen Yuan), Jiyuan (Tsi Yuan or Chi Yuen), Zhiyuan (Chih Yuan)/Jingyuan (Ching Yuan) and Chaoyong (Chao Yung)/Yindefinitely (Yang Wei). There is from Fairey Kikaku Jingyuan (King Yuan)/Laiyuan (Lai Yuan), Jiyuan (Tsi Yuan or Chi Yuen) and Pingyuan (Ping Yuan). From Oceanmoon there are Jingyuan (King Yuan)/Laiyuan (Lai Yuan), Pingyuan (Ping Yuan) and Guangjia (Kuang Chia), Guangbing (Kuang Ping) (as a sister ship Guangyi/Kuang Yi) and possibly also the torpedo and gunboats involved (I'm not sure because of the different spellings of the names) as well Chiyoda, Naniwa, Takachiho, Hiei, Matsushima, Yoshino, Akagi and Saikyo Maru.

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