Jump to content
This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

Recommended Posts

Thank-you for viewing my build log of Hasegawa's 1/350 IJN Akagi, detailed as seen on Dec. 7, 1941 at the Attack on Pearl Harbor. I will start in the traditional way with a couple shots of the materials used... but after that, I may jump around a bit as this kit must be build in modules. The good thing of that is the modules (planes, pe underdeck supports, guns, utility boats, etc.) may be built in any order and they may be presented that way here.
I have been working on this model for over a year now and I estimate another 5 months to complete.
So, here we go:
Kit + some of the pe and one box of four of planes aaaaaaa01_20081027232551_zps80b83f55.jpg
Hasegawa Super Detail-up Package (Underdeck supports, columns and tramways)
40071a_zps48f5da69.jpg
2013-akagi0004_zpscd8424bb.jpg
I am also using the Eduard 1/350 Akagi set to supplement
2371_1aauto_downl_zps24ac0cae.jpg
I have 4 boxes of the Hasegawa airplane sets
IMG_2522_zpsfe4d290c.jpg
Wood deck and dry transfer set from Hasegawa
2014-12-2302_40_01-hobbyparkC6B0C8FCBB34
Utility boat detail set
_57_zpsf700d151.jpg
Plus other and various pe/aftermarket stuff including Master's brass barrel and armament set
box_zpse77875d4.jpg
You will probably see many followup posts from me rather quickly over the next week or so as I have many of the modules done, including the underdeck supports... one of which I have included here as a preview:
IMG_2477_zpsb2b90692.jpg
Cheers and thanks for joining me for my upcoming Akagi build! -Tim/Canada

Starting with one of the simpler underdeck support pieces:
IMG_2366_zps1b0281c5.jpg
IMG_2368_zpsf4f12b79.jpg
IMG_2372_zpsb7f0f59e.jpg
IMG_2374_zpsb5c5ecf7.jpg
Closeup:
IMG_2441_zps350884c4.jpg
Putting together the bow underdeck support:
A couple of the frame girders
IMG_2381_zps94aa619a.jpg
IMG_2383_zps1692b73f.jpg
Turned upside down to facilitate inserting cross members
IMG_2387_zpsb13d2e0e.jpg
Coming together
IMG_2394_zps5ada41ec.jpg
And done:
IMG_2399_zps47f78d9e.jpg
IMG_2414_zpsed6c9420.jpg
Closeup of one corner
IMG_2452_zps06b6df96.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Building a tramway
Forming a curved piece....each tab on the curve is bent upwards individually to form bend
IMG_2346_zpsb7502ac8.jpg
IMG_2344_zpsd68a7f95.jpg
Pulling up supports that help form the tramway girder. (the curved rails from above will be added). I adjusted these on the fret, much easier
IMG_2339_zps392ebd5c.jpg
IMG_2356_zpsb81a5121.jpg
IMG_2359_zps9616b845.jpg
One of straight trams
IMG_2331_zps0dd43480.jpg
IMG_2361_zpsa165b7b3.jpg

Enough of the pe for awhile...this thing does have hull and plastic parts too ;)

Hull halves (painted separately for reasons you see later)
IMG_2667_zps7fdba08d.jpg

Drilled out 500+ portholes, and wiring for LED lighting
IMG_2748_zpsfb59e0a3.jpg

Hull together, 2 coats of Future, ready for light weathering
IMG_2787_zpsfdf9c025.jpg

Bow and stern deck parts
IMG_2673_zpsd5179b41.jpg
IMG_2671_zps8cc48aa7.jpg

A couple of the modules that had to be done before hull joined together
IMG_2586_zps9dfac943.jpg
IMG_2552_zps2d7df4c8.jpg
IMG_2588_zpsf3da8179.jpg
IMG_2561_zps1c9198f7.jpg
IMG_2680_zpsaad68770.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here, I'm starting on the funnel...first, to remove the molded on details to a shadow and then measuring/bending the pe replacements from a generic foot railing set:

IMG_2783_zps840bf8bc.jpg

IMG_2766_zps3d942176.jpg

So I start the part below off by building the frame and assembling a set of double girders into a box. Now this particular box is contoured so that one end is about 1/2" higher than the other. The first one third is flat, then the 2nd third rises up the 1/2", and the last third levels out...making assembly without any twisting a challenge. Here's the instructions for this part:

10077691z5_zpsffe4fd36.jpg

If this part is not the most complicated of all photo etch parts in the world in ANY category, I don't know what is :)

So I start this part with a box frame

IMG_2465_zpse77f3328.jpg

adding cross members

IMG_2466_zps6de32167.jpg

Almost done

IMG_2476_zps2ae84b66.jpg

And done (but still have to add 8 support columns, but that won't be until final assembly of flight deck)

I think you can see the elevation change in these last two pics

IMG_2478_zps36b7aad3.jpg

IMG_2477_zpsb2b90692.jpg

Comments and suggestions welcome! Thx for viewing -Tim

Edited by ComfortablyNumb

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some more pics

IMG_2415_zps6ce63f0d.jpg

IMG_2428_zps698b15a5.jpg

IMG_2419_zps795ceed0.jpg

IMG_2422_zpseca923e0.jpg

IMG_2426_zps01491000.jpg

Utility boats almost finished:

IMG_2943_zps4de1c65d.jpg

IMG_2929_zps13b9e02b.jpg

IMG_2918_zpsd3a413fa.jpg

Starting on the airplanes...I plan on making 22 torpedo bombers, 11 Val dive bombers and 11 Zero's for an air wing of 44 planes on deck. Here, I'm starting on the 22 torpedo bombers (+ 2 spares)

The main bits...fuselage halves, wings

IMG_2526_zps6d1dd61a.jpg

Plastic canopies removed and wings added

IMG_2529_zps284b7284.jpg

Adding the last of the tail parts

IMG_2530_zps54220782.jpg

Undercarriage parts being installed

IMG_2533_zpsf3adf19b.jpg

Painting bottom of torpedo bombers light grey

IMG_2534_zpsac384ee3.jpg

Green paint applied to the tops and Mr. Surfacer added to smooth out where the canopies used to be

IMG_2542_zps469921c7.jpg

Final coat of paint + Future Floor Polish applied for decaling

IMG_2566_zps98769a02.jpg

porthole PE being used for hubs of landing gears...first test subject in background, looked ok so the same for the rest

IMG_2568_zps49cea06d.jpg

Aluminum paint added to landing gear hubs

IMG_2570_zpsa736edbe.jpg

Adding hubs to landing gear

IMG_2573_zpsd804cdfa.jpg

Applying decals (44 planes X 10 decals each = 440 decals)

IMG_2575_zps329df51f.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At first, my experiments in pe canopies were dismal as per first 3 pics...

IMG_2515_zps742c8661.jpg

IMG_2521_zpse9278a85.jpg

IMG_2513_zps7514c114.jpg

But this is what I ended up using after wasting much time on the above:

IMG_2726_zps370a729f.jpg

Plane in background has canopy painted

IMG_2725_zps38a4f4e4.jpg

IMG_2737_zps52a44ff6.jpg

IMG_2721_zps5ce26259.jpg

As always.... comments, suggestions or questions are welcome in this thread.-Tim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, thats probably enough for now. From an upcoming post (as a teaser, I want you to come back ;) )

IMG_2823_zps39ed4add.jpg

Thanks for viewing and I wanted to make it clear that comments, suggestions and questions are most welcome in this thread. Cheers to my old friends on britmodeller.com -Tim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Absolutely amazing :yikes: Fantastic work on the PE. Brings to mind an amazing Yamato build i followed online a few years ago by Tim Biddiscombe, also from Canada :coolio:

This will be a very interesting build to follow, thanks for the sneak preview. Can hardly wait for the rest :bye:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, how nice! I am glad you remembered me Gremlin! Good memory, indeed and thanks for the kind words!

Here's a couple more pics...I spent quite a bit of time on the weathering, lower hull and upper structure. Not much rust will be showing (except for anchors and wells) as it was the flagship, but I wanted to get the look of being at sea for a few months. Thanks again for viewing and comments are most welcome.

IMG_2850_zps767105a1.jpg

IMG_2878_zps898cce65.jpg

I put a few "chips" (the small lighter spots on the lower hull), first time I've tried this so I kept it subtle. What do you think? Cheers, Tim

Edited by ComfortablyNumb

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Tim,

not too many PE magicians around :winkgrin: Still beats me how you manage to make the stuff sit up and do tricks :)

The build and paintwork is magnificent. Keep the photos coming.

Cheers,

Julian

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Tim,

I must first state that I have no interest at all in Japanese naval vessels but :gobsmacked:

That is an insane level of detail carried out with panache.

I shall be watching your build with interest and amazement.

Kev

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Kev, check out the builds by "Halseysbeard" on MSW, you will be even more amazed. I forgot to mention Tim's Nagato, nearly made me take up knitting.................

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oustanding work, just amazing. I've had this kit and PE in the stash for a couple of years but never had the courage to attempt it.

I will be watching this thread with interest.

Cheers,

Stuart

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the Yamato Museum (Kure maritime museum) would love your "AKAGI" when it's completed.

I can see it's going to be a museum standard model. Thank you for posting the photos.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks very much for the encouraging words gentlemen! I certainly appreciate them. Sorry about the headache Chris...I had one or two doing those underdeck supports as well. ;)

Anyway here's all the underdeck supports, trams and columns done:

IMG_2479_zpscaa0b3ae.jpg

Now, where does all that pe go anyway? The flight deck is divided into 3 parts, but in looking I saw the underneath of all of them was pocked with large ejector marks and many unwanted ridges. As I wanted a flat base for the grids to attach to, that had to be fixed.

IMG_2483_zpsde624bf5.jpg

Mr. Surfacer, to do the fills, and some sanding got me what I needed:

IMG_2502_zps5381a531.jpg

After painting the underside of the deck parts, I laid out the pe supports on the deck to check the fit

IMG_2508_zps11c1091a.jpg

IMG_2509_zps152c313d.jpg

IMG_2454_zpsc0e8c8a2.jpg

IMG_2459_zps16f29c6a.jpg

I was especially worried about this part because of the changes in the elevation of this part of the deck (the deck that this part covers is at first flat, then slopes down about 1/2 inch, and then flattens out again...but it was a perfect fit. Kudo's to the guys who designed this pe!

IMG_2505_zps3f02a321.jpg

Mid-deck parts checked for fit:

IMG_2504_zps18acc2e8.jpg

And another overall shot:

IMG_2506_zps72690ddf.jpg

Thanks for viewing my model ship build so far, comments are always welcome of course! -Tim

Edited by ComfortablyNumb

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In an unrelated sidenote, my family name (Biddiscombe) originates, I was told by my father, in Southwest England, Devon county. Biddiscombe is very unusual name in N. America, there are very few of us that I can find...have any of my UK friends here on britmodeller ever heard of the surname "Biddiscombe"? It "may" be a derivative (misspelling on documents upon arrival in N. America) of "Biddlecombe" or similar he was told, but we are not sure.

Thanks again for your input and comments about my model ship. -Tim

Edited by ComfortablyNumb

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Where have you been all this time? I've been missing your PE magic!

And this is no let down, brilliant stuff. One of my dream kit builds, you're doing a grand job Tim.

The Hasegawa PE is the best I've ever used. What do you think?

PS. I know a Biddlecombe, but your derivation (or origination!) sounds unique.

Al

Edited by Brokenedge

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your PE skills are brilliant, it's going to look stunning when finished, correct that 'more' stunning as it looks that now, and your not finished with the magic yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

my god man - that is just insanity with PE! I love it!! How are you securing these pieces without the usual white vapor/fume marks from superglue that I sometimes - OK, most of the time - get?

I'd like to get some of that framing in PE for sci-fi stuff. Where did you get yours from?

Am going to follow along with this one due to the magnificent workmanship your displaying.

MH

Edited by Madhatter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How are you securing these pieces without the usual white vapor/fume marks from superglue

Where did you get yours from?

Hi Madhatter! For gluing the joints I use a small sewing needle with half the eye broken off for application. I use ZAP thin CA for glue. Touch the broken off eye of the needle into a small drop of thin CA, touch the joint with the needle's eye, and the ca with drain into the joint and basically disappear. The trick is to use just enough to get a good join, but not enough that it spills out of the bottom or shows elsewhere. You will hardly ever see any glue on any of my joints and this is all I do. I also always wash the pe sheets in warm water with a little dish soap and air dry. I have never gotten ghosting with this combination. Also, I hardly ever pre-paint photo etch, sometimes even paint can hinder a good joint with some of this stuff I've found.

The under deck supports are from the "Detail Up Super" package from Hasegawa, sold separately from the Hasegawa 4 sheets PE set. (see my first post, there's a pic of it there). 3 BIG sheets but, unfortunately, not cheap. Best photo etch engineering on the planet imo. I don't know if Hasegawa does their photo etch in house or if they outsource it...but its REALLY good.

Thanks for your questions. -Tim

Edited by ComfortablyNumb

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oooooh boy Tim, so nice to see you back and wow, what a beauty so far. I loved your Yamato and still worship your Nagato regularly and this is equally breath taking!

I am so gonna enjoy this!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tim - that is stunning (and puts my paltry PE efforts deeply in the shade!).

Amidst all those insane under deck supports, you mentioned a generic foot rail PE set. I could do with one of those, so do you have any details?

I knew a Biddicombe in the Navy once, but not with the extra S.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×