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.