Nice obeservation Dade,
The Fujimi kit states to provide the IJN Kong˘ in her 1944 configuration.
According to Maru Special No. 9 (p. 55) the photo you included shows the IJN Kong˘ right after the start of her first reconstruction at Yokusaka, Dec. 24th 1928.
I have only few resources about the Kong˘ in her 1944 configuration and some of them are conflicting, e.g. Combined Fleet TROM states CombinedFleet Kong˘ TROM
1 June 1935: Second reconstruction:
Transferred from Yokosuka Naval Station to Sasebo Naval Station. Reconstruction started at Yokosuka. Unfettered by the former Washington and London Treaty restrictions, KONGO is reconstructed to transform her into a fast battleship, capable of escorting the IJN's fleet carriers. Her stern is lengthened by 25-feet. Her bridge is rebuilt pagoda style. All boilers are are removed and replaced with eight oil-fired Kampon boilers and she receives new Parsons geared turbines. Her speed is increased to 30 knots. A catapult and rails for three floatplanes are installed aft and to port of her No. 3 turret. The aircraft she now carries are Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 ("Dave") and Kawanishi E7K1 Type 94 ("Alf") floatplanes. Elevation of main armament increased from 33 degrees to 43 degrees. Secondary armament increased from 15 degrees to 30 degrees. 40-mm MGs removed and ten twin 25-mm MGs installed. Torpedo tubes removed. 10-m base rangefinder fitted on top of pagoda.
whereas Fujimi provides the "Pete" as floatplane.
Regarding the IJN Kong˘ 1944 configuration I found it impossible to find any contemporary detailed photo after her massive second reconstruction.
If someone was lucky enough to catch the GAKKEN Pacific War No. 21 ( GAKKEN Kong˘ Review
) there may be something to work with.
All I can say while looking at the 1/100 built of the IJN Kong˘ within GAKKEN "IJN Fleet Scale Model Photo Book" (ISBN: 978-4-05-605089-9; Gakken Fleet Scale at HLJ
) is, that the casemates do not match with the Fujimi kit.
If the 1/100 model is right on spot the angels provided by Fujimi are indeed wrong.
(Sorry I won┤t provide a scan since I don┤t want to conflict with GAKKEN copyright)
I doublechecked by opening my own kit.
The last resource I have - Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships 1941 - 45 by Mark Stille, Osprey/New Vanguard Publishing IJN Battleships, Stille at Amazon
- was a no help.
As a conclusion I would only suspect Fujimi provides a wrong shape of the casemates since I found no true evidence about the angels as chosen on the kit. Practically speaking I doupt a shipyard would change the casemates shape giving it an angle other than the provided 90░ - yet little is known about what changes had to be applied fitting the new engines.
For this, there is enough room to admit Fujimi some sort of creativity/guessing space and leave the casemates as they are.
Last but not least you caught me scratching my head as I noticed the deck above the casemates don┤t have the Shinsengumi Wood planking at some points?
Hope this helps some.