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calistan

1/350 Nagato (1941) with Flyhawk

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This is Hasegawa's Z24 Nagato kit, to which I'm adding the Flyhawk Gold Medal Edition detail set. I got the detail set a few months ago in a 20% off everything on Ebay sale, which made it seem like good value. The actual kit followed a few weeks ago. I fancied the idea of building one of those pagoda masts, although having seen the number of parts required, it's fiendishly complicated. The instructions for the Flyhawk set are really poor - there are whole sheets of photo etch with no mention of where to put them. Just a lot of blurry photos of a completed model with the odd part pointed out.

 

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^ A whole lot of photo etch, which I've sprayed with Mr Metal Primer, probably at the expense of one or two months off my life expectancy.

 

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^ Loads of resin parts and some brass barrels, mast parts, and dozens of little bollards (generally without any indication of where they're meant to go).

 

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^ This is frankly ridiculous. It's a Type 89 AA gun, which you're meant to put together out of seven tiny resin pieces. But the resin is warped in crucial places, so it doesn't go together very well, and as for those PE handholds... How on earth am I meant to cut out something that size, let alone stick them in place? I had a very brief go at unwarping it all in hot water, but the bits are too small to get a grip of. I've ordered some better looking guns from Ebay, these ones can go in the bin.

 

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^ It's a big ship. I'll be painting the deck rather than using Flyhawk's wood sticker. Perhaps I shouldn't have gone for the Flyhawk set.

 

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^ The build quality of the kit is excellent, as it ought to be for the price. The larger parts more or less snap together without any gaps, and those braces are numbered both on the parts and the hull, so it's impossible to put them in the wrong place.

 

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^ There's also this from Flyhawk. The biggest piece of photo etch I've seen so far, replacing the entire flight deck with something that looks identical. I don't see the point, other than for those pinholes where some rails will go, but at least it might be easier to paint if I can just take it off and assemble it away from the plastic parts.

 

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Hello, have this in the stash, sans PE, will be following your build for pointers when I start mine.

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12 hours ago, Michael M said:

Fair play to you man, it'd take me 5 years to build this thing ;) 

Look out for me continuing to add to this thread in 2024.

 

Actually it's not as bad as all that. The bits I'm not looking forward to are painting the workboats/lifeboats and aircraft. If my experience so far is anything to go by (three ships completed, featuring a total of 12 tiny boats and 1 tiny plane) those will be the things I leave until last.

 

I've just done this:

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^ These are the undersides for five of the seven-ish layers of the pagoda mast. Putting all those tiny girders together was incredibly satisfying. As long as the guide rails are correctly placed, which was not easy for the circular one, most of the others just slot in place.

 

I've decided to paint it in a much lighter colour than the regulation IJN Kure grey. That stuff is so dark, details like these are going to be hard to see when it's all assembled.

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That looks very neat, what glue are you using to stick it together

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13 hours ago, colin said:

That looks very neat, what glue are you using to stick it together

Two types of CA glue (both Expo brand, if it makes a difference). For the freestanding parts it's a bead of thick grade glue, which has a slow enough setting time to allow a bit of wiggling to get things to stand up straight, and for the parts that slot in or to reinforce a joint, a dab of the thin grade glue.

 

These just arrived from BNA Model World in Australia (very fast delivery, they must have teleported it here). Replacements for the rubbish AA guns in the Flyhawk set. There's absolutely no comparison in terms of quality, made from thicker resin that's not warped and the handholds are molded on rather than being PE pieces a quarter of a mm across. I'll do two with the cover over the guns and two without, as there's some really nice detail under there.

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I'm not sure if anyone would be able to offer some advice on this, but here's an issue I've just found. The Flyhawk kit includes replacements for all the clear plastic windows in the bridge structure, except for one annoying omission - piece T2, which is made entirely from transparent plastic. The top and bottom would be painted but it's going to look weird next to all the empty PE windows (and does on most of the pics of similar completed models I've seen online).

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There's a Pontos detail set that does include this part in PE (circled) but it would be foolishness to buy it just for this one piece. What would be the best way of reproducing something like this myself? It's small, about 5x5x4 mm.

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Don't worry about that, just make windows in the PE ones with PVA, it's a 30 second job.

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Gidday Calistan, I'd have a go at making the piece out of styrene. Another possibility is cutting the window section out of the original piece. As for the window frames I've seen a model where spare PE ladders were used for window frames. I don't do PE myself, I'm not that good so I speak in ignorance but if I recall it looked quite effective. HTH. Regards, Jeff.

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18 hours ago, calistan said:

What would be the best way of reproducing something like this myself? It's small, about 5x5x4 mm.

You can do in paper and reinforce the paper with CA, I think that's what @Michael M done on is destroyer breakwaters?

 

Stuart

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Thanks chaps, I think I will give all of those suggestions a try and see what works best for me.

 

That Pontos kit that has the PE version of this part also comes with the exact same AA guns from Veteran Models that I had to buy to replace the Flyhawk ones. Then again, it doesn't have the resin boats or any of the lovely girders underneath the bridge platforms, but I'm wondering how visible they're going to be on the completed model. I suppose there's no single add-on kit that does absolutely everything.

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30 minutes ago, calistan said:

Twelve metres of masking tape died to make this deck.

What! Are you telling me that that deck is made up of strips of dyed masking tape!? Mental...brilliantly mental.:yes:

 

Stuart

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12 hours ago, Courageous said:

What! Are you telling me that that deck is made up of strips of dyed masking tape!? Mental...brilliantly mental.:yes:

 

Stuart

Now that would be something! I do keep finding stray strips under the paint, so I suppose if I can’t spot them all it will at least be part masking tape. 

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