COBI 4814: Battleship Yamato – Speed Build Review

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With 2500 bricks, the Yamato is one of the largest warships that COBI has ever offered. Due to the many details, you can expect a long construction fun and can end up admiring a great ship on the shelf.

Manufacturer: Cobi
Set-Number: 4814
Theme: Military
Release: 2019
Parts: 2500
Figures: 0
Age: 8
Building Time ca.: 9 Hours
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The massive battleship was completed in 1941 after a construction period of 4 years with the utmost secrecy. In the few combat missions it either had no contact with the enemy or was so badly damaged that it was very difficult to reach a port. The missing lifeguards on the model are not a mistake. The original simply had none on board, which also explains the death of most of the crew when it was sunk on April 7, 1945 and torn into two pieces by an explosion of its own ammunition.

Brick Quality

The clamping force is excellent and once connected parts are difficult to separate. A lot of force often has to be applied to the fuselage in order to press all the components together. However, the ship could also be used as a baseball bat. You won’t find stickers in this set. All stones were printed.

Instruction Manual

The total of 422 construction steps are divided into 2 instructions. In the first issue we find 8 construction phases with 284 construction steps. Bags 9-13 are described in the second booklet. As with all other models, new construction steps are shown in color and the rest are grayed out.

The Construction

It all starts with the stern of the ship. Here, large building boards are equipped with plenty of plates and reversal of direction. You can quickly see and feel how stable everything will be in the end.

After we have created a stable basic structure, the first side parts are built separately and attached to the fuselage. The deck also gets its first printed tiles. The 4 ship props make the end.

The front part is now built in the same way. The bow takes place in separate construction steps and is only then attached to the front part of the fuselage.

After the deck has been provided with plenty of tiles, we can connect the stern and the front part and see the whole extent of the ship for the first time.

The not even small Panzer Maus has enough space in the middle of the Yamato. Since everything is still a little shaky, the connection with plates and bricks is strengthened.

The following construction steps consist of plenty of fiddling and many small parts. Fortunately, the smallest guns are molded parts, so that not every tube has to be attached individually. Before the remaining guns are attached, we put the entire structure on the ship.

Now only the big guns and numerous decorative elements follow, which make the ship look great. However, chains have to be made here that are just as fun as the chains on a tank.


The 2500 bricks ensure long construction fun. However, there are also a lot of small parts that require a little fiddling here and there. The result is impressive and you need a little space on the shelf to present the Yamato appropriately.

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