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Clanky44
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 04:38 PM GMT+7
Fellow ship aficionados

This thread is a means to share with fellow modelers what weve recently purchased. If youve bought a ship model, aftermarket accessories, reference material or tools, feel free to post it. As long as its ship/hobby related, its welcomed.

The point of this thread is to allow members to see whats new in the market, whether it be bought from a local hobby store or from on line shops. It also allows members to discover items that they might of missed out the first time around. This thread is not meant to take over the reviews, it is a simple one or two photo per item post with a brief description of the contents and where you purchased it. If you want to include the shipping costs and delivery times and any other relevant information, feel free to include them.

This thread is open to all members, the more participation the better!

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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 04:53 PM GMT+7
As an example, I'll post up my latest batch of purchases.

Ventured out today to a few local hobby stores and came out with some new purchases...

Picked up PitRoads DD Shirakumo.





The last of the PE sets for my 350th Akagi, my set is now complete, and my wallet is officially empty!



A great new title from Vanwell publishing on the Flower class Corvettes. A great reference title with detailed scaled drawings and colour profiles.





...and lastly a tool I've been looking from, a hand held PE bender from Tamiya.



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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 05:01 PM GMT+7
Cool idea Frank!

It ought to work well, except for the married guys.

Here is my latest, yes, I know it isn't related to styrene, but it is 1/200 scale which equates to about 26 inches long.

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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 05:03 PM GMT+7
Great pick up Jay, where did you buy it and how much is it going to set me back?!?

Frank
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 05:35 PM GMT+7
These are the last (3) additions I made, to my ever-growing library. Of special notice, the book "Kaigun". For those of you that do not know it, it tells the history of IJNs strategy, tactics and technology since its genesis in the mid XIX century, up to its near end in 1944 (not 1945). One of the best books Ive read over the last years. Although its a massive book, its very well written, and easily acessible to non-English speakers/readers. Highly recommended.



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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 06:33 PM GMT+7
Frank, those pliers are part of my magical PE toolbox- you'll love them! If you don't already have them, also grab Tamiya's PE scissors and PE file...

I gotta reuse my Fine Molds 1/700 25mm guns pic as I haven't cleaned up my review pics yet (or sent the review to Mark-- will do so in a couple days).



I also have the doubles and triples set...

EDIT: Got the review written and the photos cleaned up and sent to Mark, so better photos in the future.
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 06:51 PM GMT+7
Dade i have just got those too myself (also 2 of each -triples twins and singles) ,plus the new tool fuzimi 1/700 Kongo.They are unbelievable.I mean you have to keep them against the light to actually see the detail , is that microscopic .One thing i hated when i was building IJN warships was that no matter how much you would detail the ship it would be ruined at the end by the old AA weapons .I could never get around building dozens of AA guns in etched as it seem a way to mundane task for my taste.I only wish-and i dont make wishes very often- that they continue with some other nationalities as well.How about some descent 40mm at last?
Sorry i cant post any pics yet as i still havent figure it out how in this forum.
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 07:59 PM GMT+7
Yeah, I'm torturing myself as to whether or not get the new 1/700 Fujimi release at some point or not. A very tough choice. I like the way the PE guns turn out (crosshairs, etc) but I agree that they take a long time to do and you have to be "in the zone" (see my Hiryu build log).
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 09:37 PM GMT+7
[quote]These are the last (3) additions I made, to my ever-growing library. Of special notice, the book "Kaigun". For those of you that do not know it, it tells the history of IJNs strategy, tactics and technology since its genesis in the mid XIX century, up to its near end in 1944 (not 1945). One of the best books Ive read over the last years. Although its a massive book, its very well written, and easily acessible to non-English speakers/readers. Highly recommended.


Hi Jose,

Kaigun is one of the finest reference books I've come across on Japanese naval doctrine, a must for all IJN fans.
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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 10:38 AM GMT+7
Hi guys

I see some items that I have and also some tools that I use
Comments on the pliers: great tool!
Comments on models: The Finemolds singles/doubles and singles/triples are the best plastic model parts for this small weapons I have. They even beat the resin one from Niko Models and I plan to use them in a mix: plastic parts with some PE from other manufacturers. This (I hope) will produce the best single/double/triple guns in my IJN fleet

Now for my "entries"
This was brought by the mail men:
Seals Models 1/700 Isle Class Armed Trawler (2 in the box)









Bought it from www.1999.co.jp and delivered in three days from Japan!!

And also some references, bought at Biblioteca Central de Marinha (Navy Central Library)
Volume N5 of the 75 years at sea, dedicated to submarine branch
The volume is dedicated to all our submarines and flotillas, with full description of navigations, commanding officers, modifications, all the needed data (just misses some good photos and plans/profiles)
The text is all in portuguese and the price for this 193 page book is 12.50 (very cheap considering the info in it!).



and also, from the same source:
Viagem de La Spezia para Lisboa (The Voyage from La Spezia to Lisbon)
This book is part of a serie dedicated to documents and it describes the voyage of the rest of our first submarine flotilla from the FIAT shipyards in La Spezia to Lisbon, of the three submersibles escorted by the Portuguese Navy Rescue Steam Ship "NRP Patro Lopes", from December 15, 1917 to February 10, 1918.
This would be a relatively easy task, if it wasn't the fact that we were in the WWI and Portugal was involved in the conflict.
An interesting document to read, with scans from the ship/submersibles logs, but again some photos of all the involved ships/submersibles would be interesting
Again all the text is in portuguese, with 384 pages, some of them scans of logs (as mentioned above) and charts, the price is 15.00 (again, a good bargain!).



Hope you enjoyed my new stuff
I do!


Rui
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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 04:15 PM GMT+7
Ooh, interesting stuff all around guys.

Frank, I picked up my Akizuki from the Paper Models Store Website for the princely sum of $11.99. So far I have the inner hull together, the bottom plates, props and rudder on as well as the decks, that is how I know how big it is going to be.

You can pick it up here:

http://www.papermodelstore.com/index.php

The service is most excellent, he had it to me in less than a week coming all the way from Chicago. I have already placed a second order for the Kiji and Mutsuki from the same model company, answer. When I got them, the owner had tossed in a Star Trek the Next Generation Enterprise kit as a bonus. While the Enterprised kit is actually designed with the younger set in mind, I can see it will be useful the next time one of my lady friends decides that I need to do some babysitting. While the rugrat works on the Enterprise, I can be happily slicing and dicing my way through my own paper models.



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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 04:23 PM GMT+7
I've recently got the Dragon 1/700 USS Ohio vs Alpha. I need the Ohio for my ships of Louisiana build. I also purchased the Tamiya sprue cutters. Man, they cut super close!

Kenny
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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 06:24 PM GMT+7
Nice looking stuff everyone. I have a whole boat load on order, just waiting for the slow boat to dock.

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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 12:52 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

It ought to work well, except for the married guys.



Shhhh! !!

I got the MissionModels micro-chisel... love it!

Also won in ebay a lot of "SeaClassics" magazine... actually pretty good mag, many pics and info perfect as a reference. Got them for 1$ USD each, cant beat the price!

My big score last month was a sale in Dragon USA Online - all three Zvezda 'ancient/medieval" ships for 8$ USD each, usually go for 60-80$ each! The Hansa Cog, Crusader Cog and Roman Trireme. Will try and snap some pics at some point...



Will have to take a look at those PE tools you guys mention....
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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 01:53 PM GMT+7
Hello,

Here is my January stock:

PitRoad IJN Hibiki and Aoshima's IJN Chikuma :



Some Gakkens :

Shokaku Class, Yamato, Taiho, Mutsuki, Frutaka, Akagi & Hiryu Classes



Some Maru Specials :



few Navy Yard Magazines, few Maru Mechanism series, 3DCG Yamato and ModelArt Super Illustrations :



...and last issues of Model Art Ship Modeling Specials :



..and I am married too
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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 02:06 PM GMT+7
That's a nice haul there, Serhan! With the exception of a couple of those books, they're all in my library too. Of course, I didn't buy them all at once... wow!
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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 02:13 PM GMT+7
Hi Serhan

Nice batch of references I see many of my own there
Great acquisitions.


Rui

PS: Alexandra never bothered me about books or magazines, even if they cost more than a non-modeler expected
On the other hand boxes can be a small point of disagreement, but since I have changed my main interest to 700th scale, even this has disappeared
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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 02:23 PM GMT+7
Hi Dade and Rui,

Actually I am bit lucky becasue my wife likes to read LOTR, Dragon Lance.. etc kind of stories. And we had a deal. When I buy something she is buying some books, when she buy something, I am buying some so everyone is happy by the way.

I am bit buying more since I changed to ships. Thats we called democrazy

Regards
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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 03:19 PM GMT+7
Serhan, your wife and my fiancee would get along very well. My fiancee is an author and writes fantasy books- she has signed a two book deal and her first book will be released in late 2009/ mid 2010. She's my partner in my models as she can open the paint bottles, etc., that I can't because of my arthritic fingers. She also reads to me while I build- I get to hear a live reading of her books before they're published, and many other books too. Best of all, she understands what I like in models, etc., and knows what to get for me as gifts. She'll even pose with the models.




Okay, enough about me. Sorry to highjack the thread. I'll be quiet now!
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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 06:27 PM GMT+7
My first package arrived today. Four packs of 1/700 IJN goodies. I plan to do reviews on the 12.7mm AA guns and the 25mm AA guns. So, one package down, a couple more to go.

Great idea for a thread Frank!



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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 06:37 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Hi Dade and Rui,

Actually I am bit lucky becasue my wife likes to read LOTR, Dragon Lance.. etc kind of stories. And we had a deal. When I buy something she is buying some books, when she buy something, I am buying some so everyone is happy by the way.

I am bit buying more since I changed to ships. Thats we called democrazy

Regards



Hi Guys,

Be very thankful your spouses have inexpensive hobbies,.... my wife loves birds and has always wanted to photograph them, so right after we drove to Toronto and bought the 350th Akagi and accompanying PE sets, we drove to Henry's Camera store and bought her the lense she's been craving... 300mm f4 and 1.7TC (teleconverter).... talk about appeasement!

...In her defense, not once in our 14+ years together has she ever once complained/commented about the multitude of models coming into the house, she's an accountant, and is keenly aware of the worth of the plastic/resin/PE stash monopolizing and collecting dust in our basement.

Frank
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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 06:45 PM GMT+7
Hi Rui,

Is there an English access/option for the Japanese site you used? ( www.1999.co.jp ) I browsed the site but got hopelessly lost in it!

I've been disappointed by the amount of time it is taking for HLJ to deliver orders as of late, my latest package has now been in transit for over three weeks.

Frank
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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 07:08 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Hi Rui,

Is there an English access/option for the Japanese site you used? ( www.1999.co.jp ) I browsed the site but got hopelessly lost in it!

I've been disappointed by the amount of time it is taking for HLJ to deliver orders as of late, my latest package has now been in transit for over three weeks.

Frank



Hi Frank,

Sure is: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/plamo/
Great service, great customer care (if you have questions).
Yes I know the feeling about HLJ... Unless you choose EMS, it takes forever for the package to arrive! And EMS turns the shipping "heavier"!
Hope this helps, and sorry for the url, perhaps I should have write this at the first place.

Cheers,
Rui
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Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 - 07:12 PM GMT+7
EDIT: Whoops, Rui posted his answer while i was writing the URL in mine.

Be aware that their shipping isn't too far off from HLJ and HWJ in terms of time. It's what you want to pay for that will determine your speed of arrival. I've had stuff come from HLJ in a few days, but it was sent under EMS. When you're dealing with SAL, that's a whole other story (I've had some stuff take weeks, others months). Case in point, I had two packages go out from HW Japan on the same day, SAL. One of them arrived almost a week ago. The other? No sign of it... So it's more to do with the postal system than the store itself- sometimes one is faster than the other, then vice versa.

Add in the fact that you're in Canada, which also seems to be a hassle for SAL (and even some US postal), and it becomes more of a crap shoot.

I kinda bounce around between the three depending on who has what, but barring the use of EMS, I dn't even try to guess on delivery times...

BTW, that's an awesome lens your wife got. Wow!

PS: I forgot to mention that 1999 will ONLY ship EMS and won't tell you the cost of your shipping until after it has been sent (I completely forgot that they don't use SAL, as it's been a while). So, unless it's something you just gotta have and don't mind paying the extra cost of EMS and not knowing what that shipping cost is gonna be beforehand, take care.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 05:12 PM GMT+7
A double shipment arrived yesterday, and both products are earmarked for the Divine Waterline campaign starting this autumn:

A 1:72 Type II U-boat which I will convert to the Type IID U-147...









Yippppeeeee!

--Karl