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1/350 IJN Aircraft Carrier Shokaku
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Posted: Monday, March 06, 2017 - 12:25 AM UTC
Nice work Dave,

The etch improvements to the gun tub and walkways is very good indeed, very time consuming I know, but well worth the effort.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, March 06, 2017 - 02:10 PM UTC
What Si, said, Dave!

very time consuming, but worth the effort!
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Posted: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 - 07:17 AM UTC
Si / Russell,

Your 100% correct, it is extremely tedious and frustrating, especially when the center supports do not align the perforated gussets where they are supposed to go.

That being said, the improved accuracy is well worth the proverbial pain.

thanks for looking in.

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 04:21 AM UTC
Hi everyone,

WOW, I didn't realize how long it had been since I last posted an update, my apologies. I knew I was bad but not this bad.

Anyway, on to the update. So things have been moving along at a snails pace, primarily due to the amount of PE that Fijimi provides in the kit. It is good but not perfect which requires some modification and adjustments.

The first issue I ran into was the gun tubs.



As you can see in the picture Fujimi shorted the perforated gusset a few mm. That and the molding is inaccurate according to theline drawings.



So I thought I would just leave off the PE ring, but that didn't work so well either.



So I decided to remove the molded detail.



I then tried to keep the PE ring intact but couldn't get the distance correct. So instead I cut the ring up and glued them in between the gussets. Not perfectly round but you wont see it from underneath. Its also not completely accurate but closer than what the molded detail represented.



I did this exact process for both gun tubs. After that I moved on to the smoke shielded 12.7mm AA guns, here is one with PE and another before destruction.



I then moved on and ran into some molding issues. Some dimples on another 12.7mm gun and one of the support structures.





nothing some putty could rectify.

Unfortunately the kit has a lot of pin marks, mostly underneath as seen in some other pictures so not a big deal but annoying just the same.

Anyway, the rest of the time was putting support PE under all the catwalks on the starboard side of the ship. Ill just leave some pictures here and save you reading time.



















Now for the topside view

















I had purchased some of the Hasegawa IJN planes but realized after the fact that the cockpit is molded onto the body of the aircraft. So I found a source for some Fujimi Aircraft kits.

I needed a little break from the PE on the Shokaku so I put together one of the D3A1 Vals. Along with the Fujimi aircraft I purchased the Tetra Models aircraft upgrades.

This kit comes with dynamic propellers and the cockpit for each aircraft which fit into my end goal.

Here it is with the cockpit installed.





Here it is with some color





panel lines and some decals.









I think the propeller hub is a little too big.

here it is on the Shokaku









And the final picture, the Shokaku and the Akigumo



I am almost complete with the starboard side, well with the exception of the paravanes, the lifeboat davits, the ladders, the...oh hell, not even close to being done.

anyway, I hope you enjoyed the update. As always comments, suggestions and criticism is always welcome.

Dave

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Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 11:31 PM UTC
Good to see some progress again Dave,

Great save on the gun tubs, surprising how often you get errors like that.

nice work on the Val too. Aircraft in this scale can make or break a carrier, that one is maker for sure.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 11:35 PM UTC
Si,

Thanks for the encouragement. I never had much issue with working a lot of PE but I will admit that this one is challenging my mental capacity.

The Val was a test and to be honest I am pretty happy with it. I do think the propeller hub is a little oversized and I am not sure about the antennae either.

Anyway, I have plenty more to build. I also have the Big Blue Boy 250kb bombs due in sometime soon to. Can wait to give those a try.

thanks again, means a lot.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:40 AM UTC
You said cockpit !!!! Unbelievable,plane looks great
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 02:31 AM UTC
Hi Dave

great to see the Shokaku getting some bench time! It's not easy when you've got a few projects running simultaneously and real life to deal with as well

Nice work around on the gun tubs, that Val looks awesome, and is, like Si says, a 'maker'.

What out for those sink marks in the styrene!

Be great to see some paint go on!
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 02:36 AM UTC
Dave, I think you are right about the oversized propeller hub, but otherwise your Val looks fantastic! And it even has a cockpit... awesome. The canopy frames too go a long way to bring life to your little bird. Great work!
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 06:58 AM UTC
Gents,

Thanks again for all the kind comments and support. All in all I am happy with the Val. I know I have some work to do on the next 27 such as cleaning up the seams and such.

Russell - I would love to put some color to her but I am going to try and complete the port side PE before I do that. The sink marks are a pain.

thanks again gents, more to come soon.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 02:46 AM UTC
couldn't agree more Dave: sink marks are so annoying! Especially in detailed areas...
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Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 08:30 PM UTC
Russell,

speaking of sink marks...

I took out everyone of the Fujimi D3A1 Vals that I have for this build and everyone of them has two sing marks. One under the canopy and one just after of the canopy.

Some are more pronounced than the other but all of them will be difficult to hide.

Why do we love this hobby again???

Oh the joy!!!

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 01:43 AM UTC
Hi Dave,

just catching up after some busy days - fantastic work!! the amount of PE supports you are adding there is astonishing... And just removing the molded parts from underneath the gun tubs that clean is great work!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:57 PM UTC
Impressive work so far, love the perfect brass work.
Also a great job with the tiny aircrafts, did the early Vals had a propeller spinner ?
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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 12:01 AM UTC
Jan - thank you for the kind comments. I am enjoying the build and the challenges so far. It is definitely challenging my skills

Bernd - thank you for the kind comments. I am doing some research but I think you are right in that the early Vals did not have a propeller spinner. I also found out that the front of the propellers was painted silver so I need to fix that also.

I am taking a break this weekend to conduct a review and to build a Kate. The Kate wont end up on the Shokaku but I wanted to build one anyway.

thanks again everyone for the support.

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 02:43 AM UTC

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Russell,

speaking of sink marks...

I took out everyone of the Fujimi D3A1 Vals that I have for this build and everyone of them has two sing marks. One under the canopy and one just after of the canopy.

Some are more pronounced than the other but all of them will be difficult to hide.

Why do we love this hobby again???

Oh the joy!!!

Dave



haha, yep, I know what you mean Dave. Still trying to figure that one out