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  1. Thanks Guys If you work with 1/700 long enough, you get used to it and every other scale seems enormous. Need to get good glasses to be comfortable though! Andrew
  2. Dear Colleagues The ‘A Class’ heavy cruiser Chokai was built at the Mitsubishi shipyards in Nagasaki in 1932. Following the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 which capped battleship building, many nations went on a mad dash to build the most potent 8” (20 cm) gun heavy cruisers. Before WWII up to a 1/3rd of Japanese taxes went on the Navy. Of all the Japanese heavy cruiser designs, the Takao Class was probably the most extravagant. Envisaged as flagships, the bridge structure could easily accommodate a flag staff. As Admiral Mikawa’s flagship, the Chokai led the Japanese Navy to its most astonishing victory in the Pacific War over the cruisers defending the transports off Guadalcanal in a night action of 7th August 1942. Eventually Chokai was sunk at the Battle of Samar in October 1944. Her wreck has been recently found and is perhaps the most complete warship on a sea bed anywhere in the world RV Petrel find IJN Chokai - YouTube I have been building the Fujimi Chokai on and off for a number of years. For reasons that still cannot be explained I managed to lose sprue C entirely so had to scratch build quite a lot of parts. I was helped by the 3D printed gunnery control units from Shelf Oddity and a PE fore mast structure from an old Fine Molds set. The 12.7 cm AA guns are Fine Molds NanoDread whilst the 25 mm units are PE from Veteran Models. The boats are also Fine Molds but the Daihatsu barge is from Five Star. I was pleased to add the truly minuscule ships lanterns from Five Star. These are beautifully turned miniatures in brass that can easily be lost inside your finger nails! Here is the ship at an earlier stage in the outfitting yard Hope you like it? Andrew
  3. As a lover of both 1/700 ship modelling and Japanese IJN ships this has been a real treat! I particularly like the applique bridge armour and precise rigging. I am interested Yufei that you and many Chinese, not say many Chinese model companies make superb models of IJN ships, yet historically Japan has a terrible record in China. Are you able to put everything into the past now and just see it all as ancient history? Regards Andrew
  4. For Michal here are a few construction pictures And then here is the base being prepared prior to painting the sea using acrylics Hope that helps, Andrew
  5. Thanks Guys Michal, I think I have a photo on my phone of me doing the base, so I shall try and find and upload it for you Andrew
  6. Dear Colleagues After a few trials and tribulations here is my 1/700 Flyhawk HMS Legion. The precision of the moldings are magnificent. My only additions apart from the Eduard PE RN crew and Fine Molds nanodread pom pom & quad 0.5" were the scratch mahogany name plates on the after deck house and crest on the bridge front, yes these are very small. Unfortunately, I discovered the hull had a slight sag so had to place her in quite a lively sea with a swell (otherwise her stern would appear to be rising 1 mm). During my first photo shoot after a few snaps I snagged my base scenery which wiped out the fore mast radar, radio aerials and after 4" barrels, such is life with these fragile 1/700 ships. Re-rigged aerials and re-purchased brass 4" barrels were necessary for the second photo shoot which was mercifully not error prone. With war approaching the RN stepped down from the big Tribal Class to the somewhat lessor armed J, K, and L class destroyers. The pre-war view of the major threat coming from other destroyers and submarines was starting to look unbalanced as the power of the German and Italian air forces was appreciated. The twin 4" MkXVI mount became the AA unit of choice and Legion was armed with these rather than the anti-ship 4.7" guns. The Legion famously came to the aid of the torpedoed Ark Royal and took off many of her crew before she sank. After fighting with distinction in the Mediterranean, she was severely damaged by Air attack and put into Malta where she was sunk by bombing on 26th March 1942. Hope you like it? Andrew
  7. Dear Jon Don't give up! You have endless photo etch extras available from HobbyEasy in HK to amuse you plus they stick just fine with white glue. Main thing is to get some good glasses and super precise tweezers. I was helped by ship modelling books of David Griffith The downside is you snag the rigging just as you are about to photograph the model and all the masts, yards and rigging come down! Yep, I just did that! Regards Andrew
  8. Dear Colleagues I loved the historic 1930's photo transformation, that was clever! The figure sets are pre-painted photo etched figures from Eduard. They look a bit better if you add a bit of white glue to their heads, otherwise they all look like they are in a Lowry painting! I wouldn't have minded being in the spotting top provided the ship wasn't rolling or the funnel gases being blown forwards! Regards Andrew
  9. OK, I'll try to remember to take photos of my seascape process next time. Forgot to mention how essential it is to get brass barrels, particularly for small calibre armament like the 12.7 cm here, thank you Master of Poland! Regards Andrew
  10. Hello Sinner boy I use the technique recommended by David Griffith in his ship modelling books of water colour paper followed by pasted on acrylic medium modelling paste to make the waves, painted in acrylics then a liquitex gloss medium varnish. Key thing is to look at overhead photos of ships at sea Andrew
  11. Dear Colleagues The Royal Navy only called upon nature to inspire the naming of warships with their Flower class corvettes, but for the Japanese all their destroyers were named after poetic natural images. In this case Hatsuharu apparently means 'early spring'. Unusually, the 1931 design genuinely tried to fit the treaty restriction of a sub-2000 t weight (which they later abandoned) and the ship was launched in 1933. However, a drastic redesign was needed in 1935 due to top heavy problems with a super-firing B turret arrangement (later moved to the stern). Hatsuharu lasted until 1944 when sunk by bombing in the Philippines in November 1944. The Aoshima kit has a lovely hull and is one of their better ship kits. As is my way I have added a lot of photo etch apart from the stuff that came with the ship and used brass rods for the masts. Hope you like it Andrew
  12. Thanks Guys Mick, good luck with the 1942 version. Her AA suite was upgraded - slightly! Andrew
  13. Superb job, I have to complete mine in 1/700 somehow or other. I particularly congratulate you on the aircraft especially the drift markings on the tails! A small touch you might like to note that towards the top of the pagoda tower a couple of the platforms have canvas curtains (pale colour) at the front, rather than being metal grey. They seem to be very keen on their hull plating for this one Andrew
  14. Dear Friends The 11,000 t HMS Hermes has the distinction of being the first purpose-built aircraft carrier in the world. She was laid down in 1918 but had a protracted development that did not see her commissioned until 1924 (The Admiralty wanted to learn from trials with Argus and Eagle). One of the concepts of the time was to operate float planes which were to be recovered by more or less motoring into the hanger from the stern! Another throw back from an earlier era was her spotting top to control her 5.5” guns in ship to ship battles. Nevertheless, with the island to the right and her flared and enclosed bow she looks remarkably modern. A drawback of the small carrier was a relatively small aircraft fuel storage and struggling to accommodate larger modern aircraft. Nevertheless, in August 1939 she took onboard 814 NAS and her Swordfish and this is how I imagine that her Swordfish might have looked before camouflage took over in the FAA. Admittedly the ship might have been in home fleet grey by then too, but most of her previous career had been spent in light grey scheme of the Far East. Her main wartime claim to fame was ironically in an attack by her Swordfish on the Vichy French Battleship Richelieu in July 1940. Sadly, Hermes was annihilated by practically the entire Japanese dive bomber fleet that had attacked Pearl Harbour when she was spotted fleeing modern day Sri Lanka on 9th April 1942 by a Japanese carrier task force. This is the excellent 1/700 Flyhawk kit boxed as for 1937 which includes the Swordfish. Apart from using brass rod for her masts and yards, together with Eduard 1/700 RN and carrier crew members it is practically out of the box. Rather than decals I used masking for the deck markings. I used Mig’s oil brusher paint to weather her deck from aircraft landings. I hope you can see, if you look carefully, A Swordfish with folded wings on the stern hanger deck waiting to go up to the flight deck? I hope you can spot some seamen populating the 'goofers gallery' Andrew
  15. Thanks Guys Glad you like the scene. The beauty with a harbour is you can pop your ship back in the yard at the end of your work in the evening and it looks cool! Range of products for the harbour, but I think the nicest stuff came from Alliance Modelworks Will post more photos of Hermes with her Swordfish hopefully this weekend. Trying to save my pennies for the Flyhawk Illustrious! Andrew
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