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HB Japanese Battleship Mikasa 1902

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  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Ohio GO BUCKS
HB Japanese Battleship Mikasa 1902
Posted by Brucer on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 7:02 AM

Hey all,

Well the ordered kit arrived today.From what i can see through the plastic wrapped parts (very well packaged I might add) everything is clean and virtually flash free. This looks like it's gonna be fun!

  • Member since
    July 2010
  • From: Tempe AZ
Posted by docidle on Friday, December 13, 2019 10:37 PM

Brucer,

It looks like a great kit, only I had the room!

You should check out Steve5‘s most excellent WIP for this ship.

Another Steve

       

 

 

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Ohio GO BUCKS
Posted by Brucer on Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:14 AM

Progress so far. Masts aren't done...just took pics of where I am along the way. I'm not the best modeler but I enjoy myself. Happy day all.

  • Member since
    September 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Sunday, January 26, 2020 8:36 PM

Brucer,

Looks like you are making great progress.  It will be interesting to see how you finished this build compared to the others that have been going on.

Marcus Drinks

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Sunday, January 26, 2020 9:34 PM

Brucer,

   The kit looks real nice. Your photo's are great, showing all the detail. Thanks for posting the close-up shots. I see you have managed a good fit with the deck and hull. Let us know if you run into any issues with the rest of the kit. Very Nice work.

   Nino

 

Edit:  I realize you have already assembled and painted the deck BUT, from your photos it may still be possible to add a wood deck...if interested.

I just spotted one at FreeTimeHobbies. It's onsale till the end of this month:

Very Fire's

1/200 Very Fire Wood Deck IJN Mikasa (For Trumpeter 62004)

$32.00  now: $14.99
(Ships free if you order 50 bucks of items)
  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Ohio GO BUCKS
Posted by Brucer on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6:51 AM

Thanks Nino,

This is a really fun kit to build. I highly recommend it for anyone who's curious. 

More pics to come. Have a nice day all!!

Bruce

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Ohio GO BUCKS
Posted by Brucer on Monday, February 3, 2020 7:06 AM

PE is a pain but i think its worth it.

Have a nice day all!!

Bruce

 

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Ohio GO BUCKS
Posted by Brucer on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 5:57 AM

All,

I'm sure this has been asked before but why does PE parts always come on gold metal sheets and not gray/silver sheets?

Bruce

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:18 AM

Brucer

All,

I'm sure this has been asked before but why does PE parts always come on gold metal sheets and not gray/silver sheets?

Bruce

 

There are two main metals used in photo etching, brass and stainless steel.  Brass has a color very close to gold, and stainless has a hue like silver.  I have had a couple of sets that were primed.  That is great, because metals are very hard to prime, needing absolute cleanliness and an agressive metal primer.

Also, there are the pre-colored sets, especially for cockpit PE.  Great for instrument panels and seatbelts in smaller scales.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:11 AM

It's bery important to paint the PE before installation. Primer at a minimum. If the parts are to be the same color as the place where they go, such as arrestor details on a flight deck, both can be painted the final color after assembly. But if they are a different color, like gray railing on a blue deck, paint the part before installing.

My usual method is to prime and paint the PE before I remove it from the sheet, then install it and go back with a little brush to touch up any "bright" spots.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:40 AM

Hi;

     I found out a simple way to make paint stick to P.E. regardless of what the base metal is. White Vinegar! What happened is someone spilled some in the garage and didn't notice they'd gotten it all over my P.E. When I painted it not knowing about the spill, I was amazed how well the paint stayed on!

       I now wash parts with a vinegar bath then air dry. paint sticks every time! The Vinegar remember, is Acidic. Therefore it microscopically etches the surface the metals used are made of. This is now a common practice for using P.E. . The simple act of doing this assures all oils from the mfgr/ing process and our handling are completely removed from the metal.

     After doing this DO NOT ! handle the P.E. with bare hands! And remember to wash the parts in good Soapy water before drying and also Rinse very well. This stops the etching and gives you really " ready to paint" P.E.

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 11:04 AM

Those companionway ladders look upside down.

I've always felt they made PE from brass because it was the best material to use the etching fluid. Just what I thought but probably wrong.

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Ohio GO BUCKS
Posted by Brucer on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 9:26 AM

All,

Thanks for your reply's. This is for Modelcrazy...it was upside down...rideside up...it was fun to explore PE. Hey...this modeler does builds to make him happy- ith at my skill level-I'm happy with!

Happy Modeling All.

Bruce

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