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Work in progress: IJN I-400 1:72

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Work in progress: IJN I-400 1:72
Posted by Trabi on Friday, May 2, 2014 3:40 PM

Okay okay okay! I know I promissed to finish my 1/144 GB models first, but I coudn´t resist call of blueprints Embarrassed  This build is going to take a while, so be patient, please.

So, here we go:

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Posted by SuppressionFire on Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:31 AM

Looks like a German U-Boat, possibly a early pre war design?

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/razordws/GB%20Badges/WMIIIGBsmall.jpg

 

 

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Posted by Trabi on Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:14 AM

As it looks it´s subSmile

Here it´s compared to same scale Type II A:

 

And here also to same scale Revell Type IX C:

 

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Posted by waynec on Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:50 PM

okm

i'll play. is it U-26,a one off i believe, or is it a MILCH COW?

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Posted by Trabi on Sunday, May 4, 2014 4:17 AM

waynec

okm

i'll play. is it U-26,a one off i believe, or is it a MILCH COW?

 

Well... no Smile Milch Cow is only half of this size.

I think now you recognise what this is. Scale is 1/72. Only three built.

And some progress:

Starts to take shape.

 

Under attack of B-17.

 

Now you propably know what this is going to be...

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Posted by Pawel on Sunday, May 4, 2014 4:33 AM

Hello!

Not my thing, but let's take a shot: Otsu-gata?

Good luck with your project and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, May 4, 2014 1:31 PM

What material is that?  Is that the new black styrene sheet stuff?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Trabi on Monday, May 5, 2014 3:22 AM
Pawel

Hello!

Not my thing, but let's take a shot: Otsu-gata?

Good luck with your project and have a nice day

Paweł

Thanks Pawel. Almost right, Sen Toku aka I-400. Don, That´s just average 4mm styrene sheet. That one I got when they throwed it away from my work. We used that as a floor in one play. Normaly I buy styrene sheets (0,5mm to 4mm, 1m x 2m) straight from importer.

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Posted by SuppressionFire on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:46 PM

Yes a Japanese I-400, impressive effort in 1/72 scale!

Like the Germans many of Japans military designs although technically brilliant, were a evolutionary dead ends.

The scope of effort would have better served Japan as anti-submarine warfare targeting the US Gato class submarines or actual aircraft carriers.

Looking forward to seeing this build:)  

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/razordws/GB%20Badges/WMIIIGBsmall.jpg

 

 

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Posted by 7474 on Thursday, June 5, 2014 3:30 PM

I'm going to be following this...

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Posted by Rob S. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:49 PM

Yes, very interesting to follow

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Posted by Trabi on Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:03 PM

Hi guys!

 

It´s been while I have updated this. Not much happened because since last post I´ve been working with some costumes to one movie and puppets & set pieces to one children play.  Someone said, that there was quite hot summer some time ago, but I haven´t noticed that. Now it´s been bit more peaceful for a week, so it means that I got a flu Toast

But that update.

I filled lower part of the hull with pu foam blocks. Next is to get it smooth with putty. Little bit thinking still how to execute upper part of the hull. Flood holes are quite big and I afraid, that when I make those parts from thin plastic it might twist. Maybe have to make a mold and make it by vacuforming. And because those holes are so big I have to make structures and plumming inside.

Here you can see what I mean:

 

And I found AA guns to it! Made by Choroszy Modelbud, Polland. Bought them from Jadar Hobby (Polland) http://www.jadarhobby.pl/172-choroszy-s03-machine-guns-25-mm-japan-navy-p-25514.html?language=en&currency=USD

Also there was IJN 7 meter rescue boat. Looking the blueprints they had one under deck in these subs.

 

Each AA gun sets have single, twin and triple guns. To I-400 one single and three triple is needed. One set have 128+ parts! Gee! I need microscope for these!!

And parts. Match is for scale.

And boat. It have 46 parts. Including davits.

 

 

And parts.

Have to take picture of the hull.

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Posted by Trabi on Monday, September 29, 2014 1:48 PM

And here´s the current state of the hull:

 

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Posted by P mitch on Monday, September 29, 2014 2:23 PM

I have the Tamiya 1/350 version, I think its a bit smaller and a whole lot easier to build Bow Down

Phil

"If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: it's all balls." R J Mitchell


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Posted by artworks2 on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 4:58 PM

What craftsmanship you have....

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Posted by Rob Beach on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1:22 PM

Trabi, RE: the limber holes - how about this: make a cavity behind the holes' area by using cutout (across the beam) bulkheads (think of the bulkheads with 'notches' each side) then line with sheet so you have what are essentially long, narrow horizontal 'boxes' along each side.  Then add appropriate internal detail (the 'plumbing') and then use narrow vertical strips to create the separate "limber holes".  This is a simple description, since you could also incorporate the internal 'pressure hull' (curved) plus any of the support structures, all behind the holes.  Just depends on how far you want to take it... 8^O

I was thinking how ship superstructures are 'stacked' to obtain the complex profiles.  Same concept.

R/ Robert

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Posted by Rob Beach on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1:26 PM

BTW, what is the source for your plans?  I'd like to do a partial (whole?) sub display as a "stand" for the Tamiya Tenzan kit - in 1:48 scale.

R/

Robert

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Posted by Trabi on Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:10 PM

Thanks guys!

Rob: That is one option. And probably the easiest. Have to test different versions. And because this is huge project I´m willing to add as much details as possible.

I got plans from ebay seller "Great Plans". I have read, that people says that these are not accurate, but thus far what I have compared to photos these are best available. Mostly it´s the fore deck wich is wrong. I´m not 100% sure, but looks, that even Tamiya might have it wrong. Haven´t had the model in my hand.

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Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:26 PM

One of the history/discovery channels had a show awhile back this summer on the 400 class that the US sunk off Hawaii after the war and after they looked them over.  Don't remember how much footage of the hulls was there either before or after on the dives they took down in a submersible.   Might be worth a look if you could grab some screen shots.....

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Posted by 7474 on Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:21 PM
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Posted by Trabi on Monday, October 20, 2014 6:15 PM

Thanks guys!

That color footage was new to me and very helpfull!

"Space may be the final frontier, but it´s made in Hollywood basement." RHCP, Californication

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