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  1. Hello folks, Just completed my latest work on the table, a 1/48 J8M Shūsui rocket interceptor. As a Japanese copy of the German Me-163 Komet it was a less known topic, and Finemolds is the only game in town. The limited version I bought comes with a pair of cannon barrels so I made my Shūsui into a "what-if" combat ready model (The real one didn't pass beyond unarmed prototype stage). For a kit originally released in the 90's the assembly is super straightforward, apart from the built-in PE set I just replaced the plastic pitot tube on the left wing with brass, and it was ready for painting. I used the sole surviving Shūsui from the Planes of Fame Air Museum as a camouflage reference, but used green instead of orange (the colour for trainer/prototype aircraft). The upper was painted with dark green from AK interactive's WW2 IJN Aircraft Colours set. After masking I painted the bared lower using Gaia Colour's star bright duralumin. The roundels were painted too, after finding out the decals have become unusable after decades. The plane was weathered using MIG (filtering and washing), AK (panelining) and oil paints (color modulation and fake shadows) before a protective semigloss coating. I made a small round base using rigid foam covered with Tamiya's weathering paste. To better reflect the name of the aircraft (Shūsui means "Autumn Water" literally in Japanese) as well as the time it would've seen combat (Autumn 1945), I planted some yellow autum grass onto the base. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Some WIP pics: Cheers.
  2. Imperial Japanese Navy Type B1 Submarine I-15 (1939) & I-37 (1943) Kagero Super Drawings in 3D No.73 via Casemate uK The Type B1 Submarine were the first of the Type B Cruiser submarines built for the Imperial Japanese Navy. They were intended to be long range boats with a range of 14000 nautical miles. They had 6 forward 533mm torpedo tubes with 17 torpedoes being carried. They had a 14cm Deck gun, and unusually would carry a float plane for scouting. The hanger was faired into the conning tower and the aircraft would be catapulted from the forward deck. 20 submarines of the class were built. Later on in WWII some of the boats would have the hanger and catapult removed to replace it with a second deck gun. Submarines I-36 & I-37 had their hangers removed in order that they could carry Kaiten manned suicide torpedoes. Neither I-15 or I-37 survived the war. I-15 was sunk by the US Destroyer USS McCalla of San Cristobol in 1942, and I-37 was sunks by US Destroyers USS Conklin & USS McCoy Reynolds of Leyte in 1944. This is the latest book in Kagero Publishing’s superb series of Super Drawings in 3D. As with the previous books it has a brief history and the ships specifications at the beginning. The rest of the 65 pages are filled with the now well known style of beautifully drawn 3D renderings of every part of the ship. It is obvious that a lot of time has been taken to get the drawings this good and accurate, and there is a wealthy of information for the modeller to use during their build. Every area of the upper hull and superstructure is dealt with plus the lower hull including the propellers and rudder. There are a lot of close up renders of most of the equipment fitted, and the Seaplane carried by I-15. As is the norm with this series, Kagero have included B2 fold out sheets. The first features line drawings of both submarines, the second features deck guns, torpedoes and the seaplane. Conclusion If you love Japanese submarines and like to model them as accurately as possible then this book is most definitely for you. Highly recommended, Review sample courtesy of
  3. This is the Pearl Harbor version of Hasegawa's Kate, but since they don't include the right torpedo fins, I went looking for another colour scheme. I stumbled upon pictures of this surrendered Kate in green cross markings and well, why not? I left out the rear gun but apart from that it's OOB. It's a very nice fitting model. I did paint the camouflage under the white, which is applied patchy intentionally. It also looked as though they had really roughly painted the spinner and prop with a brush, so I tried to recreate that look as well. I'm not sure the aircraft ever flew, but it did look scruffy around the engine cowlings with the rest of the aircraft fairly clean. Green crosses were painted on and the '2' on the tail was from the spares box.
  4. Mikemx

    D4Y 'Judy' Questions

    I have a couple of Fujimi 1/72 Judys to make and would like to double check on a few things before building. I have the D4Y2 and D4Y4 versions. First is the cockpit colours, the kits say Aotake all over and Silver for the instrument panel. My guess is that the floor and seats etc would be Grey Green, the instrument panel Black and the cockpit walls in Aotake. Any thoughts on this? I've read that the D4Y4 was the single seat Kamikaze version that had a 800kg part recessed in the bomb bay. The kit however, looks exactly the same as the D4Y2 kit, except with a different nose section for the radial engine. Again any thoughts on this? The bomb bay for example is just the standard one with the doors moulded closed and it has 2 seats, so I'm thinking it's more like the D4Y3. thanks Mike
  5. Hello all, As indicated in the GB chat a number of months ago, I will join and doing a Kyushu Q1W1 Tokai (allied codename, Lorna) in 1/72 by Pavla. The Lorna was the first purpose-built anti-submarine aircraft: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyushu_Q1W Sprue shots: This project will need some masking (although the product is for Fine Molds kit, not Pavla): Some extras I may use. I'm still undecided how to model the Lorna... This should be a great GB, and I look forward to checking in on all builds! Regards, David
  6. A typical Fujimi model: not many parts, scarce interior details, very simple build and gentle panel lines. Build process went okay, some effort and several styrene strips are needed for the alignment of rear upper fuselage and the upper wing/fuselage joint. MLG interior could use some details, due to its size. Gunze colours were used over Alclad aluminium base. Upper colour is Gunze Nakajima IJN Green, lower surfaces Gunze IJN Gray. National insignia and yellow ID stripes airbrushed. AK weathering oils were used and chipping was done with various colored pencils.
  7. I really enjoyed this kit, it goes together extremely well considering it's size, I just wish Tamiya did the later version also! It's pretty much OOB with the exception of some seat belts and all insignia but the tail number was masked and painted. This aircraft was based out of Malaya in December 1941.
  8. Hasegawa Nakajima B6N2 Tenzan 'Jill' (1:48) Hi guys, so this will be my first work in progress build that I wanted to try and upload to the forum and felt this kit would be the best/ most interesting to do. The kit is relatively old but is amazingly detailed without an excessive part count which is what made me want to chose this from my stash; I have also never completed a Japanese World War Two aircraft, specifically an Imperial Japanese Navy one (I have a half built Zero which I need to finish at a later date) and so have a lot of ideas on how to weather it etc. I started this kit Friday evening and have just about finished the cockpit after a few more hours than intended over the weekend after deciding to take advantage of the busy cockpit which was conveniently moulded in three main parts. I wasnt too sure exactly what colour the cockpit was meant to be so tried to mix what I thought to be correct, however with all the kits I build I do not always go for 100% accuracy but more of an interpretation of the actual plane and feel this is the best balance when building a model for me. Here are a few photos of the cockpit just about finished, I'll be adding a few more photos at a checkpoint of the build: https://imgur.com/iS1IWuP https://imgur.com/DnNbVTe https://imgur.com/K3trXO7 https://imgur.com/URR0dm0
  9. Hello fellow britmodellers. Here is the first build I'd like to share pictures of. I don't intend to do a full WIP but only to show some pictures. It will take quite sometime between shots because my usual production time for a basic kit is of about 3 months. This one began on 12 march. It's FineMolds 1/48 A5M4 Claude, an impressive little kit, well engineered and with very good fit. I'm using Vallejo's metal colors for the first time and I'm very impressed. This one will be my first full NMF (if everything goes well - cross fingers here, please). So for today, just the cockpit floor with some bits attached and the engine. Interior color is Tamiya XF 67 Nato green and Gunze H63 metallic blue-green. I tried a very light wash with Tamiya smoke to reduce the "shine" of the engine (engine airbrushed with Gunze aqueous steel and Vallejo Duraluminium and exhaust manifold). Some drybrushing done on the cockpit floor with Vallejo flat aluminium and a very light wash of darkened green on selected places. Should the pictures not be visible, here is a link to the Google album https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMYLK2wAeOFtk6WMWMeQFNlCvO8QZbZtL7IU1QrCB3ZeFMMP3aFGUbnKkbRERSVkg?key=UEx6Zk5od3Yzd19MMFg1bmJxTEVMZ3FmbWJ6NGJ3 Thanks for watching.
  10. Hello fellow modellers, This is my Suisei "Judy" from Dai 541 Kaigun Kokutai in 1944. The kit is the old Fujimi 1/72 offering that came together pretty straigth forward, soft recesed panels and at bargain price, i really enjoyed this kit. The cockpit interiors where full done from scratch because the interiors where non existent, but the open option was not available, completes that beautiful adventure of masking that is the canopy nontheless. The model was fully riveted. I used vallejo acrylics, chipping agent, washes and aqcua pencils. The hinomarus are masked painted, and the id was self made with transparent decal paper and a little touch up with brush to match an example from the book "Imperial japanese Navy Airforce" part 2 from Eduardo Cea (Spain), a really great book with hundreds of color profiles. Highly recommended for those IJN enthusiasts. Cheers!
  11. As promised the new Lifecolor sets are in stock now at only £13.50 each! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/lc-cs35-raf-battle-of-britain-set--22ml-x-6-5411-p.asp http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/lc-cs36-ijn-japanese-wwii-late-war-set-1-22ml-x-6-5412-p.asp http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/lc-cs37-ijn-japanese-wwii-late-war-set-2-22ml-x-6-5413-p.asp thanks Mike
  12. STEEL Seatbelt Sets German WWI, British Late, IJN and Soviet 1:32 Eduard Eduard are continuing their build up of the steel seatbelt range with the release of these four sets. As we have found with the previously released sets, these are also pre-painted and appear to be remarkably flexible, and even with quite rough handling the paint adheres to the metal really well. They are still made from 0.1mm sheet with the resulting etch is thin at around 0.06mm and have the same details printed on them, such as the webbing, stitching, and shadowing. Unlike some sets, all the buckles and clasps are etched as part of the strapping, so there is no fiddly work required to assemble each belt. [32874 – IJN Fighters] – There are six complete sets of belts in total on the single sheet. There are two for Mitsubishi late war, two for Nakajima and two for Kawanishi aircraft. All the lap straps are included but it appears that only the Mitsubishi and Kawanishi aircraft that used a shoulder strap arrangement. [32875 – Soviet WWII Fighters] – There are four complete belts included on the single sheet. Two of the belts are for Yakovlev aircraft and two are for Lavochkin aircraft. The Yakovlev shoulder straps are joined at the top, whilst the Lavochkin are separate, The instructions are nie and clear which set to use. [32878 - Late RAF WWII] – This sheet contains three complete seatbelts, all in a beige colour and with separate lap straps. All three shoulder harnesses are of the same type, naturally, and I believe they are meant to attach to the armoured bulkhead. [32879 – German WWI ] – The single sheet in this set contains enough belts to fit out at least six aircraft, if I have counted them correctly. There are just two variations with shoulder straps, the rest being just lap straps. With these you can detail your Fokkers, Albatros CIII, Hanover CI.II and other multi seat types. Conclusion Whilst many modellers are able to make their own seatbelts if they are not happy with the kit items, even if they are included, there are those who like the ease of using these style belts. The pre-painted look is, perhaps a little clinical, although there is some shading around the straps and clasps, but they can be weathered to your own personal taste. Review sample courtesy of
  13. IJN Mikuma Eduard 1:350 The Tamiya IJN Mikuma kit has been out some time and is a very nice kit in its own right, even though Tamiya missed a few details out. Now I’m sure Eduard have released these sets before, but cannot find the date of first issue, although the kit itself was last re-issued in 2010. The two sets arrived in zip lock bags with the new style yellow card inserts. Ships railings, (53166). If you think the title says it all, you’d be wrong, whilst there is a full ships set of railing on the single large sheet of relief etched brass, there is so much more. There are the ships anchor chains and stops, bollard tops, crane hooks for the smaller cranes, cable reels, for which the inner drum needs to be made from styrene rod, jack staff combined with a crane jib, some awning stanchions, watertight doors, new deck hatches which can be posed open or closed, and a selection of liferings. The ships boats are provided with new fittings, such as cradles, propeller shafts, propellers, rudders, thwarts, oars, railings, steering positions, wheels, liferings and ensign staffs. The mid section of the ships structure need to have some details removed before the etch can be added, and this includes the splinter shields around the secondary armament, access hatches on the aircraft handling deck and the boat cradles. The splinter shields around the bridge structure are also replaced. The set also includes new accommodation ladders, complete with the handling chains which are fitted to the kits cranes. The aircraft cradles, both for moving around the deck and on the catapults are fitted with new details and the midships section of the hull is fitted with new platform gratings and the torpedo handling cranes. There are more hatches and watertight doors fitted to the stern area along with additional cable reels and the ensign staff. Superstructure, (53167). This is another single sheet set contained within the same style packaging. The large sheet is full to the edges with replacement and new parts. Along with more replacement watertight doors, the sheet contains new intake grilles, searchlight towers, bases and railings, walkways, ladders, foot and hand rails for the funnels, along with new funnel caps and platforms. The aircraft/boat handling cranes is provided with a new jib, platforms, vertical ladders and braces, whilst the AA directors are fitted with new vision doors and the main mast with new platforms, ladders, armoured doors and yardarm walkropes. All around the superstructure there are additional liferings, inclined ladders, and yet more intake grilles. The aft mounted AA platforms are fitted out with new decks, supports, ready use lockers, inclined and vertical ladders, as well as having the kit splinter shields removed and replaced with brass. There is a completely new walkway between the forward and aft superstructure elements, whilst both of the catapults are completely replaced with brass parts. The rest of the sheet contains parts of the various weapons, with the most complex parts being used for the twin 25mm mounts for which only the kit barrels are used, the rest replaced. All the main turrets are fitted out with new ladders, railings, armoured doors, blast bag fittings and handrails. B and X turrets also have the prominent radio aerial masts attached to their roofs, something which the kit is missing. Conclusion The Tamiya kit is very nice out of the box, but with these two sets you could dramatically improve the finished model. There are so many parts that you will need quite a bit of patience and care to fit them all, as with any etch set, but the results will be worth it. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. IJNS Destroyer Kagero Eduard 1:350 It hasn’t taken long for Eduard to release these two sets for the new Tamiya 1:350 IJNS Kagero destroyer kit. Unfortunately I haven’t got my hands on the kit itself, so it’s taken a little while to figure out what parts Eduard have provided, as their instructions still let them down. Fortunately the etched brass doesn’t and there are more than enough details, both additional and replacement to satisfy the most ardent maritime modeller. Part 1 (53161). Whilst the majority of the larger parts on this single sheet make up the ships railings, which look distinctly of the Japanese style, not just generic, the set also includes numerous other much smaller details. All the inclined and vertical ladders are replaced, as are the anchor cables, which while a little flat on their own, it looks like there is enough stock to double the chains up, giving a more scale depth. There are new watertight doors, propeller guards, replacement side walls and doors for the forward torpedo reload boxes, new doors for the aft torpedo box, new grilles, platforms and cable reels, for which the modeller will need to provide some plastic rod for the reel centres. There is a replacement DF loop and support frame, new turret mounted aerial masts, a new griller for the large intake just forward of the funnel and the ships boats receive new thwarts and oars. The masts are fitted with new yardarms, rope walks, a weather vane, gaff, and braces. Part 2 (53162) This set also contains a single sheet, but this time it is crammed full of smaller detail parts. There are new davits, rangefinder doors, depth charge racks, windlass tops, winch control hand wheels, and more watertight doors. The frameworks that straddle the forward and aft torpedo reload stores are completely replaced with a pair of delightful PE parts that’ll require some careful folding, new funnel cap grilles, torpedo handling cranes, ships crane main jib, funnel foot and hand rails, searchlight faces. Then there are quite a few platform support brackets, along with complete replacement of the twin 25mm gun mounts, which include a new base, seats, hand wheels, sights and foot pedals. The bulky torpedo tubes and fitted with new scuttles, hand wheels for the loading end of each tube, hand rails, access doors, and top mounted toe guards, whilst the turrets receive new strakes for the sides and handrails for the front, sides and roof. Conclusion Eduard continue to release superb sets for us maritime modellers, no matter what ship is released, they have a set or five for it. Having looked at a built up model of the Tamiya Kagero, these sets will certainly help make it into not just a more detailed model, but one with a much highly level of finesse and accuracy. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. We have the latest products from Infini Model from South Korea arriving tomorrow, plus restock of the hugely popular cutting mats and lycra rigging line The new additions are: Imperial Japanese Navy, United States Navy and Royal Navy inclined ladder sets, all in 1/350 scale: US Navy radars (including turned brass parts) in 1/350 IJN Type 96 anti-aircraft guns in single, double and triple mounts (including turned brass barrels) and various ammunition boxes in 1/350 And last but not least, the full range of lycra rigging lines in white to compliment the black which we already carry.
  16. Hello everyone! This is what I have recently finished. An absolutely oob new Airfix Nakajima B5N2. There is nothing really special about this built, it went together pretty well and generally was fun to build
  17. Hello everybody, I just wonder why Japanese navy aircraft in the latter part of the war seem to have been painted green on the upper side. Most fighting took place over more or less tropical seas where the water appears rather blue. The camouflage schemes of the US Navy reflect that. By contrast in the North (or in higher latitudes) the colder, nutrient-rich water appears more greyish and greenish. That is where the Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey of the FAA fit in well. Maybe the green on the IJN planes was due to the fact that hiding on the ground (on land) became of paramount importance once most Japanese carriers were sunk after 1942, but the planes still flew a lot of time over water. Any thoughts on this topic? Ole
  18. IJN Carrier Kaga Kagero Kaga was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), the third to enter service, named after the former Kaga Province in present-day Ishikawa Prefecture. Originally intended to be one of two Tosa-class battleships, Kaga was converted under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty to an aircraft carrier as the replacement for the battlecruiser Amagi, which had been damaged during the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake. Kaga was rebuilt in 1933–35, increasing her top speed, improving her exhaust systems, and adapting her flight decks to more modern, heavier aircraft. The ship figured prominently in the development of the IJN's carrier striking force doctrine, which grouped carriers together to give greater mass and concentration to their air power. A revolutionary strategic concept at the time, the employment of the doctrine was crucial in enabling Japan to attain its initial strategic goals during the first six months of the Pacific War. Kaga 's aircraft first supported Japanese troops in China during the Shanghai Incident of 1932 and participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War in the late 1930s. With other carriers, she took part in the Pearl Harbor raid in December 1941 and the invasion of Rabaul in the Southwest Pacific in January 1942. The following month her aircraft participated in a combined carrier airstrike on Darwin, Australia, helping secure the conquest of the Dutch East Indies by Japanese forces. She missed the Indian Ocean raid in April as she had to return to Japan for permanent repairs after hitting a reef in February. Following repairs, Kaga rejoined the 1st Air Fleet for the Battle of Midway in June 1942. After bombarding American forces on Midway Atoll, Kaga and three other IJN carriers were attacked by American aircraft from Midway and the carriers Enterprise, Hornet, and Yorktown. dive bombers from Enterprise severely damaged Kaga; when it became obvious she could not be saved, she was scuttled by Japanese destroyers to prevent her from falling into enemy hands. In 1999, debris from Kaga including a large section of the hull was located on the ocean floor at coordinates 28°38′34″N 176°29′16″W Coordinates: 28°38′34″N 176°29′16″W at a depth in excess of 5,000 meters (16,404 ft); 350 miles (560 km) northwest of Midway Island. The main part of the carrier's wreck has not been found. This one hundred and forty page hardback book is much more comprehensive title than the book on the Soryū and Hiryū as she was a much older ship and there is a great deal more information available, including a larger number of photographs available. Not only is it an accurate history of the ship, but it also makes for very interesting reading, particularly on how the Japanese Navy converted the design of the intended battleship into one of a large fleet carrier. The period photographs accompanying the text show a huge amount of detail of her build, original design and after the large modernisation and refit she had to her complete her final transformation, very useful for the modeller. It is certainly great to see pictures of the ships crew and aircrew, giving them some human interest, rather than just being about the ship, which is nothing without her crew. The restrictions levied on photographers just before the war, and the destruction of a lot of photographs at the wars end doesn’t seem to have affected the Kaga as badly as most of the other ships of the carrier fleet. There atmospheric photographs of the ships flightdeck, aircraft landing and take-offs, and showing the Kaga through the flightdeck supports of the Akagi on the Pearl Harbour raid. Along with the various design changes of the ship there is a lot of information on the aircraft she carried, the weapons they used as well as the operations which took place. Naturally, the operations were pretty much the same as all the carriers in the 1st Air Fleet as they were used together as was the Japanese Naval doctrine of the time. So, there are the usual photographs of the Pearl Harbour raid and the Battle of Midway, although with odd exception which were new views this reviewer had not seen before. For me the Port Darwin raid photographs are the most interesting as, although I knew about the raid, I hadn’t seen decent photographs from the time. At the end of the book the last few pages are dedicated to two sets of coloured plates, giving views from port and starboard sides, top down, plus bow and stern as the ship was in early 1941 and at the time of Pearl Harbour. Throughout the book there are additional line drawings of the ship, from the battleship design, triple deck carrier to her final configuration. There are also line drawings of the ships armament, propulsion systems and various early design concepts. Conclusion This is a superb book, filled with detail and would be a fine addition to the library of the maritime historian and modeller alike. With the recent release of the new 1:350 Fujimi kit this book release is perfectly timed. For those who model in 1:700 there are several versions of the ship available and, again this book will prove invaluable. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Subs from left to Right: USS Cusk. IJN I14, IJN I19, IJA Transport Submarine, HMS Graph (Type VII C u-boat) I19 Fujima kit with scratchbuilt hull.
  20. IJN Battleship Haruna Kagero Top Drawings The four Kongo class ships were the first modern warships in the Japanese Navy. They were designed by Britain's Sir George Thurston, and strongly influenced the design of the forthcoming Tiger-class battlecruisers. They were originally rated as "battlecruisers", but pre-WW2 rearmament reclassified them as battleships, though they were relatively lightly armed and armoured when compared to their modern battleship counterparts. During the Second World War, Haruna was extensively employed, often in company with aircraft carriers. In December 1941, she covered the invasion of Malaya. The first four months of 1942 saw her supporting the conquest of the Dutch East Indies, participating in a bombardment of Christmas Island, and participating in the Indian Ocean Raid. In June, she was part of the ill-fated Japanese carrier force during the Battle of Midway and was lightly damaged when a bomb nearly hit her stern. The Guadalcanal Campaign that began in August 1942 also brought Haruna into action. With her sister ship, Kongo, on 14 October she delivered a devastating bombardment of Henderson Field, the U.S. airfield on Guadalcanal. Later in the month, she was present during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands and in mid-November operated with the Japanese aircraft carrier force during the climactic Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Like most of the heavier Japanese warships, Haruna saw no combat during 1943 and the first five months of 1944, though she steamed north to Japan in May 1943 in response to the American landings on Attu and was in the central Pacific later in the year during the invasions of the Gilbert Islands and Bougainville. In mid-June 1944, however, the Japanese fleet was sent to counterattack the U.S. forces then assaulting Saipan. As part of the heavily-defended van carrier group, she took an active role in the ensuing Battle of the Philippine Sea and was hit by a bomb on 20 June. Haruna also participated in the Japanese Navy's final fleet action, the Battle of Leyte Gulf. She was damaged by bomb near-misses in the Sibuyan Sea on 24 October 1944, but steamed on to engage U.S. escort carriers and destroyers in the next day's Battle off Samar. Stationed in Japanese waters by the beginning of 1945, Haruna was damaged at Kure during the U.S. carrier plane raids on 19 March. Still moored near Kure four months later, she was sunk by Task Force 38 aircraft on 28 July 1945. Haruna's wreck was scrapped after the war. This is the latest book from Kagero in their Top Drawing series, and like the previous books it has a brief history and the ships specifications at the beginning. Unfortunately, in this instance the history is rather too brief as the ship had a long career and more than one or two paragraphs could have been provided. The rest of the twenty two pages are filled with beautifully drawn diagrams of every part of the ship. It is obvious that a lot of time has been taken to get the drawings this good and accurate. This cannot be said for at least one of the annotations though as the diagram showing the No.4 turret is marked as No. 3. But this is a a mere trifle, especially when compared with the wealth of visual information provided in this book. Amongst the larger diagrams are smaller sketches giving further details on some of the ships hardware and fittings. No scales are given for the diagrams within the book, but the additional sheets are marked up, at least for the main drawings on them. Sheets A is in full colour with top, profile and fore/aft views on one side, in a rather odd 1:360 scale and an oblique drawing on the other, along with additional drawings of the aircraft, ships boats and 127mm AA mount. The line drawings on sheet B and C join together to provide a full profile port and starboard in 1:200 scale, complete with all the rigging, which certainly isn't as bad as that seen on some ships. Conclusion This is yet another brilliant book in this series from Kagero. It may not be quite as good as that of the previously reviewed title on the USS Missouri, but still very useful to maritime modellers nonetheless. Definitely gives the modeller an excuse to buy the Fujimi 1:350 kit, not that most modellers need an excuse. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Not sure if this is the correct place to put this but here goes, (apologies if not) I've just grabbed myself Fujimi's Zuikaku in 1/350th scale, I'm just wondering if there's a company who produces a full set of P.E for this vessel (apart from Fujimi, themselves that is). Or is it a case of having to buy individual P.E sets? Thanks in advance
  22. Dear Fellow Modellers These peculiar shaped IJN Destroyers were inspired by German WW1 designs. The gun armament was placed above the main deck to ensure all armament would function in heavy weather. The strange focsle reminds me of a whaler? This old kit had no portholes or details on the deck houses so I embarked on a month of scratch building and photo etch extravaganza! I think Mikazuki means 'full moon' Hope you like it? Andrew
  23. Hello Shipmates Here is the Fujimi 1/700 IJN battleship Hiei with Fujimi PE set and Veteran Models turret set. I imagine it at a warm anchorage somewhere off the coast of China perhaps? Originally a battlecruiser based on the Royal Navy Lion/Tiger class. Probably these Kongo class ships were the most useful and used heavy units in the IJN. The Hiei was named after a mountain near Kyoto (which I have visited) and sunk at Guadalcanal in 1942. Been at it on and off since 2011! Andrew
  24. Hello, I'm presenting my Special Hobby's A5M4 Claude in 1:32 scale - model represents the machine from Soryu carrier, pilot PO1/c Matsuo Hagiri, summer 1939. The kit contains numerous resin and PE parts, so I did not use any other aftermarkets. Painting was done using Mr. Hobby Super Metallic metalizers and acrylics. Hope you enjoy!
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