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1/350 Hasegawa Akagi WIP.

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Posted by steve5 on Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:30 AM

looking forward to this one ,

 

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, December 7, 2020 9:04 AM

Captn Mac,

I forgot about the fact that IJN practiced seasonal uniforms.  Thanks for the info.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:35 PM

scottrc
Captn Mac,

I forgot about the fact that IJN practiced seasonal uniforms.  Thanks for the info.

Not a problem.

Most Navies uses seasonal (or climatic) uniforms.

This is a handy reference to have:
https://www.amazon.com/Uniforms-Insignia-Navies-World-War/dp/1853670979

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:06 PM

I've been looking forward to seeing you get back on this one Steve.

                   

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, December 11, 2020 12:17 AM

Also, the IJN carriers did fly off army units. 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 10:16 PM

I had to order another set of portholes but I only have about 20 left Big Smile. While I'm waiting for the last set of PE I wanted to replace the last plastic girder piller, or whatever they're called. I forgot to take a picture before cutting it out but I replaced it with a scratchbuilt evergreen girder. I'm going back to working on the rear deck and painting the small boat section aft of the hanger.

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 10:38 PM

I'd go mad doing all those portholes!  Nice work on the girder

Thanks,

John

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Posted by steve5 on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 11:48 PM

lovely work modelcrazy , agree with kev dog , nice work on the girder .

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, December 24, 2020 4:22 PM

This build is massive. You sir....get the modeler of the frickin' YEAR award for tackling this and for all of your efforts thus far Steve. 

                   

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, December 24, 2020 8:44 PM

Thank you Mustang. We'll see how she turns out. 

I'm working on the small boats at the moment. 

Steve

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 25, 2021 11:47 AM

Since my time is running short before the Nats, assuming they are going to be held this year, I moved the Akagi back to the front of the line. I received the last of the portholes (still not sure it was worth it), installed them and worked on the small boats, sampans and motor boats for the last several days along with trying to come up with a method to replicate the rolled hammock/futon splinter shields the IJN used at the begnning of the war.

There were some pics I saw of these shields on the AA gun emplacements as well as the directors so I added them, know one knows for sure anymore so I figured the extra detail can't hurt. Maybe I'll get a consederation for effort. I used Milliput to make them up and think the came out OK. Once painted white, they should look decent. I still have the starboard side to do but it doesn't take but and evening or two. In the meantime I can finish spraying the stern area and touch up the cable reels, add the anchor chain and then the small boats. I have an idea to "secure" the boats to the deck like they were with straps and add some oars. It's most unfortuanate that once the deck is on, most of my work will be hidden but if you look close you will see the little jewels, the same with most of this build.

That's all for now, but I wager that things will start moving faster from here. Assuming I get some bench time.

Steve

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, January 25, 2021 12:06 PM

I'm in awe of your abilities every time you put up more of the build.

You really should send in an in-depth build log and pics to FSM for a feature article.  Willing to bet Aaron and Tim will bite on this one

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 25, 2021 12:13 PM

Thanks GH, not much of a writer though.

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, January 25, 2021 12:30 PM

They can have one of the editors tweak things around if needed.  I'd get ahold of either of them to see about interest.

She deserves a feature.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 25, 2021 12:37 PM

I might just do that

Thanks Art.

Steve

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 25, 2021 4:08 PM

I'm really getting a kick out of seeing this all come together Steve. 

                   

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:47 AM

Looks like you're really making good time on this one!

Chad

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:23 PM

Come on Steve, make some time for this as we all want to watch it move towards completion. 

I'm really enjoying the updates and I should add, great work so far (still). 

P.S.: I got my 1/350 Yamato with the extras I plan to upgrade. Sure hope you still plan on working with that GB this year too....

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:46 PM

DRUMS01
Come on Steve, make some time for this as we all want to watch it move towards completion.


I am full steam (no pun intended) on it now Ben. Last night I touched up the stern area with black primer then touched up the lieonlium color. Tonight it's touch up the gray, paint the cable reels, spray the underside aft and fore deck girders grey and apply the Kanji script to the bows of the small boats. After that I just need to "strap down" the small boats, run the anchor chain and attach the aft deck section. I have been looking forward to that since I started. Then comes the for deck. Attach the anchor chains and attach the fore deck. The center deck will require the addition of more steel work but I'm thinking it will go fast. After that, I'll reassess the next steps.

I completed the chalkboard that I wanted to place on the island side. It's probably far more complex than was actuall there and I don't know my success of shrinking it but here it is.

I can't read Kanji and I'm not sure the translation is correct, if I screwed up the order, phrases or all of it, but what I wrote and ran through Google Translator is

"I fear that all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve"

It took some effort to get the picture above and I'm surprized it came out as well as it did. Of course shrunk, nobody will be able to read it.

Oh and yes, the Japanese ship GB is starting on time, Aug 1st through.................

Steve

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 3:48 PM

MC, I saw early on that you mentioned both Pearl and Midway strikes in the aircraft on deck.  Was just wondering which way you were going.  By the map, it looks like you are setting up for the Pearl strike.

Only reason is that, IIRC, Yamamoto used that phrase in his report after the results of the Pearl Harbor operation were in.  I think you're right, by the time it's reduced to scale, it's just going to be a series of dots for the most part, so won't make any difference.

Not a criticism, just an observation, and you are better versed in the Japanese side than I am.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 7:00 PM

You are correct GH, on both counts. Yes the phrase was spoken after the attack, I just put it in as irony. And yes, it's not really going to matter. 

Steve

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 7:18 PM

According to some accounts, he also told them he could run wild for six months, and then they better sue for peace to hold what they had at that point.

Pretty insightful considering the way it played out and the fortunes of war tipped, but he studied here, and knew the industrial capability.

Knowing you, you'll be done in plenty of time for Nats.  Going to be a very nice piece.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:42 AM

Thanks GH, I hope you're just as insightful.

I did forget two thing on my immediate list. One I completed last night, installing some paper framing to the small platforms next to the flight deck and competing the boat hoist housing with the same laser cut paper AM. No pics, sorry I forgot before I shut down for the night. The second is adding the Hammock splinter shields to the starboard side. I work on that tonight and might get to the anchor chains.

Steve

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Posted by Keyserj on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 5:05 PM

Good to see you back working on this Steve. All the detail you have put into the Akagi is spectacular!

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, January 28, 2021 9:29 AM

Thank you John.

Amazinly I got quite a bit done last night. I have all the splinter hammocks made and on, both sides, the stern touched up and started to run the anchor chain. Tonight I'll finish the stern anchor chain, set the boats for good, add the ors, "tie" the boats down, paint the cable reels and OMG, can I say it........set the stern deck! I don't think I'll get that far but hey, tomorrow is Friday and I might stay up an extra hour....and regret it fighting to stay awak in my cube.

I promise I'll take pictures tonight.

Steve

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:05 PM

Looking forward to another tour of the museum Steve!

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 29, 2021 11:02 AM

OK guys, here's a picture update. Last night I finished the stern anchor chain, touched up all the paint and started adding the boats. I also painted the stern deck girders. Tonight, finish installing the boats and set the deck. Once the deck is set I'll need to scratch the cross bracing of the pillars and attach the cranes, ladders and landings.

Steve

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, January 29, 2021 11:46 AM

Steve,

Nice work on the girders, was it tricky to keep a uniform coverage when airbrushing them?  What type of paint did you use?

Scott

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 29, 2021 1:40 PM

scottrc

Steve,

Nice work on the girders, was it tricky to keep a uniform coverage when airbrushing them?  What type of paint did you use?

Scott

Thanks Scott, they weren't difficult at all. I first sprayed the girders with Tamiya acrilic flat black, then Life Color Sasebo Gray, then Kure Grey (which is lighter). The tough part was painting the white identification stripes on the rear pillars.

Steve

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, January 29, 2021 4:59 PM

I do beleive I see some paint there! Your moving quickly now.

Chad

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