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1/350 Tamiya IJN Yamato (Completed)

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1/350 Tamiya IJN Yamato (Completed)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, July 14, 2022 3:11 PM

Hello all....

For everyone following in the "works in Progress" thread, here is the final. As requested, I am posting this in a similar manner used when posting my USS Arizona build. Like the Arizona, most people already know about the technical data and history of the actual IJN Yamato, so I will simply post my details.


1/350 IJN Yamato manufactured by Tamiya (old tool)


- Lion's Roar Master Detail Kit #RS3501 (14 PE sheets, 4 brass prop screws, 28 brass       barrels, metal anchor chain)

- Very Fire IJN Ammo Boxes (Qty=30) #IJN04

- Very Fire IJN Type 89 127mm 40cal Twin Gun sets (4 sets of 6) # IJN08

- Very Fire IJN Type 96 25mm AA Gun sets (resin, Brass, PE) 16 sets IJN01

- Veteran Models IJN Searchlight 16sets, #VTW35036

- Veteran Models Deck Equipment Set (paravanes, deck winch, compass, etc. VTW35037

- Alliance Modelworks WW2 triangular perforated gussets #NW35032

- Fivestar PE for Signal Flag Rigging #FS351089

- Fivestar General, Signal, and Bow Flags FS351094

- Begemont WW2 IJN Flags and Aircraft Insignia #350-03

- Hasegawa IJN Seaplane Set A #72140

- Rainbow PE Set for IJN Seaplane #RB3517

- Rainbow PE IJN Deck Rails for aircraft, torpedo #RB3559

- BigBlueBoy WW2 IJN Warship Boats PE Set # N035032

- Shipyardworks IJN Yamato Name Plate, Display B #NONE

- Black Cat Models IJN 25mm Type 96 Triple  AA Guns (4 sets of 6) # AC350058d

- Black Cat Models Cowl and Mushroom Vents #AC350086a

- Hobby Lobby Door Knobs - Modified (used for mounting ship to plinth base)

- CY Wood Veneer Self Adhesive Deck for IJN Yamato #CY350048 

- Life Color IJN Navy Set 1 (six 22ml bottles) #CS36

- Distilled Water and Windex (for thinning Life Color Paints)

- Brass, plastic, aluminum rods, sheets, extrusions (various)

- welding solder (.162, .031, .015) various lengths

- Cements (CA glue, Testers clear glue, debonding agent, insta-set)

- Brushes and applicators (various)

- Hobby knife razor blades (many for PE alone)

- Wet/dry sanding paper (various 320-2000 grit) 

- Sew-ology clear nylon rigging thread #1254360


- Battleships Yamato and Musashi (Anatomy of The Ship), by Skulski

- Shipcraft 14 Yamato Class Battleships, by Steve Wiper

- The Battleship Yamato (Super Drawings 3D), by Carlo Cestra

- Tamiya Yamato Modeling Guide, by Takumi

- 3D History DE, IJN Yamato, by Thomas Schmid 


- Poor two part main deck and main to crane deck fitting (corrected with wood deck and scratch components)

- Hull portholes all molded shut (corrected by drilling out various portholes with bit and pin vise)

- Inaccurate, incomplete, and poorly molded ladders, doors, stairs, and vents (removed and corrects with PE)

- Poorly molded aircraft (disgarded, corrected with Hasegawa Seaplane Set A and PE)

- Poorly molded in anchor chain (removed old, corrected with real scale chain)

- Poorly molded hawes pipes and anchor locker holes (drilled, reshaped, PE, plastic)

- Poorly molded barrels and design (discarded, scratch build with metal barrels)

- Poorly molded detail on main guns (corrected with scratch and PE parts)

- Inaccurate and poorly molded splinter shields and gun tubs (removed, replaced with PE, scratch work)

- Removed round gun platforms on #2 & 3 main guns (replaced with hexagon PE platforms)

- Removed plastic screen over aft aircraft deck winglets (replaced with PE)

- Poorly molded and inaccurate signal flag boxes (modified signal flag platform to new shape with plastic sheet)

- Poorly molded crane and catapults (discarded, replaced with PE, and scratch items)

- Boat mounts incorrect and poor mold (removed, replaced with PE and scratch items)

- Rear gun platform missing (corrected with with PE, resin, and scratch items)

- Boats and barges lack any detail (corrected with PE and scratch items)

- Poorly molded aircraft trolley rails and carousels (removed and replaced with PE)

- Incomplete exhaust and intake vents (removed molded in detail and replaced with PE)

- Radar arrays poorly molded and inaccurate (removed and replaced with PE)

- Missing 21 door locations found in research (added with PE)

- Missing 24 ladders throughout ship (added with PE)

- Missing 6 cowl vents on deck and rear range finder (added resin items)

- Replaced kit Type 89 127mm twin 40 cal guns, Type 96 25mm AA Guns, 25mm Type 96 Triple Mount AA Guns

- Created blast Bags for 15.5cm gun turrets

- Removed all kit stairs and replaced with PE

- Replaced exhaust funnel walkway with custom PE

- Added sheet plastic to rear fire control structure for access panels and walkway 

- Added handrail around aft crane deck pit (from spares)

- Added elevated walkways inside hanger deck (from spares)

- Created brass finial mounts for ships base

- Created catwalk for rangefinders in front of exhaust funnel (from scratch)

- Cut out signal platform side wings and added PE rails

- Poorly molded degaussing cable on hull (removed and replaced with multi part PE)

- Added 22 ammo boxes that were missing in kit with Veryfire after-market items

- Replaced ships spot lights with Veteran Models and PE sets

- Replaced kit trolleys with PE sets

- Replaced kit bow and stern flag masts with scratch metal and solder

- Modified two boats into Captain's Launches

- Stained wood veneer deck with Tamiya black panel line wash and added to model

- Created hybrid hose reel sets from kit, PE and solder

- Rigged with EZ Line nylon thread

- Created shipping crates and placed in aircraft pit on crane deck

- Cut, Sanded, Painted wood plinth to mount name tags and ship on

- added after-market flag decals to foil; shape them, then attached to main antenna array

And now I present my corrected IJN Yamato. It is shown as a presentation model and not as an authentic time and date build. I found that the more I read, the more inconsistencies I found. The more images I intensely scrutinized the more I found differences that I could not validate to a specific period. Thus I decided to add all three types of aircraft ever stationed on the IJN Yamato. It is extremely doubtful that all three were ever on the ship at the same time and in some cases one replaced the other. The rigging, while somewhat accurate, is not; it is missing many lines throughout. And the color I chose to paint the overall model is UA 646 Maizuru Grey, but I'm relatively confidant that some will tell me it is not the exact color of the ship; that is why I call it a display model. Enough babbling, here it is:




















As always, constructive comments welcome, and thanks for following the build thread.

Ben / DRUMS01

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)


1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - WIP

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged




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Posted by fox on Thursday, July 14, 2022 3:36 PM

Simply O-u-t-s-t-a-n-d-i-n-g build Ben! Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.


 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Model Monkey on Thursday, July 14, 2022 4:42 PM

Beautifully done!

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Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, July 14, 2022 7:25 PM

In the ready room forum there is a discussion about a movie about the Yamamoto.  Bought the movie and it got me interested in that ship.


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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, July 14, 2022 7:53 PM

Really impressive.

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Posted by surfsup on Friday, July 15, 2022 6:56 PM

Love it. Beautiful work.....Cheers Mark

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Posted by mfsob on Sunday, July 17, 2022 5:22 PM

Not quite a sow's ear into a silk purse (it IS Tamiya, after all), but man - to fix all the things that you did truly brings this up to museum quality. Well done.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Sunday, July 17, 2022 5:32 PM

Fantastic work!  This is museum quality and should be entered in the nationals.  I keep going through the pictures finding something new to be in awe of.



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Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, July 17, 2022 10:59 PM

That is just incredible. Beautiful work. 

On the bench: Revell-USS Arizona; Airfix P-51D in 1/72

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 6:09 PM

That is better than museum quality. It is perfect. Very Very impressive.

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:42 AM

Beautiful work, very impressive build. Show piece worthy of a museum.


On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:18 PM

And thank you all for the wonderful responses, you are too kind. I guess it's always the builder that can see the build faults more than the consumers, but I'll take that. Like I mentioned, it is not built to a specific date and time of the original, instead I created it as a display model (limited rigging, ships base color, and more). It sure dwarfs the USS Arizona and HMS Roberts in scale!

Ships like the Yamato and Arizona required far too much research time, money (after-market), and modification effort. Not that I don't like it, but I think I'm going to build some OOB or minimal scratch built conversions for a few models. Heck!, who am I kidding, I'm currently working on an older Revival metal kit in 1/20 scale of a Auto union Grand Prix car and I've already have hours of research as well as modifications applied with many more to come. 

I can confidently say that my participation in this and other forums has broadened my modeling horizons to build subjects I never previously considered; and that's a good thing. Those experiences have allowed me to develop new skills that I can apply across the modeling spectrum in many cases. 

Thanks to all of you who supported me during the build thread, it was greatly appreciated. Also thanks to those of you who followed the thread and still provided those positive comments. I know I can get long winded sometimes, but my goal is to immerse the reader into the build, sort of participation by proxy. 

With all that said I will be building some cars / trucks, aircraft, and military vehicles for a while before jumping into another ship. 

Take care everyone, stay safe, live - laugh - and love well, and build something.


Ben / DRUMS01

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)


1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - WIP

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged




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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:16 PM


     Ben, That is about Museum Perfect as many that I have seen. Remember we the builder, See our flaws because we have been up close and personal with the object. This is something I keep telling "Humper" ( He's my unofficial Adopted son). He is now getting the big model bug. Flaws Everywhere in front of his eye, That is what he sees What I see from here is great work coupled with intense dedication to get the job done!

     She looks as the English used to say," Shipshape and Bristol fashioned". Meaning "Damn Fine Job. You are right about the Arizona too! These ships, Even the Card model ones take intense concentration and dedication to the project!" When you surpass yourself you have done it. Well Executed Work!!

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Posted by leemitcheltree on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 6:26 PM

HAHHAHAAAA!!!! That's so totally me...take an $80 kit and add $300 worth of aftermarket bits!
Your Yamato is just stellar! Well done, mate. It's beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!


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