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IJN anti-aircraft cruiser Isuzu 1944 1:350
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2018 - 06:39 AM UTC
Thomas,

simply amazing, awesome work!!!

I missed out quite a bit, and I just wanted to check in briefly to say that I'm still following. You are doing an outstanding job here, and I have to go back through your entire build, that's fully worth it!!

Good luck on your final steps and I'm looking forward to your commissioning of this fine build!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, July 02, 2018 - 01:19 PM UTC
As others have said, Thomas, amazing work. The overall shots look great!

Looking forward to seeing the rigging!

EZ-line is just the best isn't it?
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 07:05 AM UTC

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Looking forward to seeing the rigging!

EZ-line is just the best isn't it?



Russel you are right - I already did try different things but EZ-line is just the most easieast way for me to do the rigging Job.


:-H

Thomas
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 07:11 AM UTC

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Thomas,

I seen color photos from WW2 both Japanese and American ships with a dark (black) and brown. Could it be new vs old wiring or rope?

Mark



Thank you for your tip Mark. I decided to make the wiring from the main antenna down to the bridge in brown color to make a bit more diversity. Actually I do have some pictures of ship models in japanese language and there were some of these antennas in brown. I do have pictures of the IJN TAMA ship where These vertical antennas does look like in white color...

Thanks again mate
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Posted: Friday, July 06, 2018 - 10:54 PM UTC
It is finished - at least the rigging of the bridge´s main mast . As Northstarmodel´s rigging eyelets seems nowwhere available at the moment I was forced to produce my own micro-rigging-loops out of thinnest stamped out (I really do love my Punch and die set) and drilled Evergreen sheet. It was a tedious work as sometimes the wire stuck either at the micro-tweezers and/or at the wrong positon at the model and/or the wooden toothpick which was intended to "fix" the wire until the superglue was dry. In the end I improved the tension of the finished wires with the heat of an extinguished but still glowing toothpick near the wires. It worked perfectly:







The rest of the rigging with black rigging wire should now be like a stroll in the park


Cheers


Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 02:58 AM UTC
Thomas,

Very nice work with the rigging. You just gotta love it when it is finish and the effect it has on the looks of the model.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 11:28 PM UTC

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Thomas,

Very nice work with the rigging. You just gotta love it when it is finish and the effect it has on the looks of the model.

Mark



You´re absolutely right Mark - its priceless
Black_sheep
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 12:01 AM UTC
Gentlemen,

The ship itself is finally finished! I did the last bit of rigging and made some Isolators at the wiring according to some pictures I have.

These are the final results:






























Though it was not always easy, it was an joyful build for me. If you also had such a lot fun watching here as I had during build I am satisfied.

A small resumee about AOSHIMA´s base kit and FLYHAWK´s update set: The base kit is very nice - Aoshima already offer all other sister ships of this Kuma class ships. Isuzu have been much converted during the war - accordingly AOSHIMA give you a lot different sprues to make you able to build this ship. Fit was very good. At the downside there are some areas which left wrong for the Isuzu - I had to improvise at some spots with fake skyways or winches which should not be there but to fill the engraved floor areas. Oh and one thing I was missing very much was a sophisticated rigging plan as you Always get with HASEGAWA´s ship plans. This way you have to rely at different plans which differs from each other...

The Flyhawk set is very huge and very nice. There are really many useful and necessary improvements to the kit. The downside here are the not so clear instructions (just photos and not all parts are mentioned), the small 25 mm AA-guns have no turned Barrels - I think at this price there should be turned barrels inside - and I had to buy extra from elsewhere. I also tried to contakt Flyhawk and ask them about some parts where I had no idea where to place them but, regrettably, didn´t got any response at all until today.

Some areas still need improvement even after I used Flyhawks set: some 25 mm AA gun stands and their ammunition lockers are simply forgotten by AOSHIMA and Flyhawk also don´t mentioned them. You have to carefully study plans!

All Advantages and Disadvantages in short
AOSHIMA:
+ good detail quality and good part fit
+ you will get a lot extra parts for the IJN spare parts box here
- Some areas/superstructures are not correct for the real ships
- No rigging plan

Flyhawk:
+ huge and necessary improvement for the base kit
+ many spare parts
- anyhow some parts are too less (small ammunition lockers
- unclear instructions


There is just one last chapter missing: A nice Display case: This will come very soon, too!

Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 04:25 AM UTC
I did ordered an acrylic glass display box for some of my works from the german company Sora.de. I´m not affiliated with them, just an very satisfied customer as the price-quality-balance is absolutely ok there!

This is how it arrived inside a parcel at my work bench:


These is the explanation what parts are inside and they also give you the screws, screw nuts and even a screwdriver. A more sophisticated bilingual (english/german) manual was also inside


These are all the plexiglass parts for the Display box. You can also choose if you want to have a box with or without Bottom. This one is with bottom


All parts are foiled doublesided not to get any scratches inside the plexiglass during construction - nice!


Construction is very clean and straightforward


and very soon you can remove the foil for the finished upper part of the box


the lower part of the box is made out of two different sized parts, screwed together to get a notch in order to fix the upper part of the box with the lower socket.



and then - tataaa you got your finished display box with its contend



This is how the final result is looking in front of a grey background - I had to switch the background as my usual photo display background is too small for the ship and its display.


I am very happy about the outcome of this build. It was my fourth 1:350 scale surface ship and I had a great time with it. I want to thank everyone who silently watched and also especially those who gave me all these very positive comments - they kept my build spirit always at the highest Level.

If there are any open questions about something with this ship or its build - don´t hesitate to contact me. Thanks again for all your attention and see you again hopefully soon at another vessel

Best Regards

Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 06:47 AM UTC
Ahoy Thomas

Let me be the first to congratulate you on a superbly finished build.

I have enjoyed every instalment and to see it finished is great.

Great subject and a great level of finishing and detailing.

Very inspiring indeed.

Well done!

Cheers


Sean
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 06:57 AM UTC

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Ahoy Thomas

Let me be the first to congratulate you on a superbly finished build.

I have enjoyed every instalment and to see it finished is great.

Great subject and a great level of finishing and detailing.

Very inspiring indeed.

Well done!

Cheers


Sean



Sean, thank you very much for the kind words; I do feel honoured and was glad to have had you aboard
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 02:28 PM UTC
Thomas!

Congratulations on commission your fantastic Isuzu!

Definitely this is worth a few well deserved

Seeing her all rigged up takes her to the next level!

And a display case too! Even better!

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing and following your next build!
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Posted: Monday, July 09, 2018 - 08:24 AM UTC
Hi Thomas

What Russ said, have very much enjoyed following the build.

Thank you for sharing

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 02:55 AM UTC
@Russel and Simon: Thanks for all your support and help. It was a pleasure to have you both at my side during this build and I hope we meet again at one of my next builds.


Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 09:56 PM UTC
I can only echo all the praises everybody is giving to this amazing work.

Cheers

Marco Preto
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 07:07 AM UTC
I too would like to express my appreciation for this fine piece of work! We don't see enough of these graceful WWII Japanese light cruisers built, and you did an admirable job with this one. Bravo Zulu!
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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 07:15 AM UTC
@Marco and Tim: Thank you very much too to you for your warming words about my work. I do feel very honored and would be happy to see you again at one of my future blogs here
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 04:33 PM UTC
Thomas,

I apologize once more for my only very sporadic comments lately, you are doing an absolutely awesome job here, and you turned your Isuzu in an amazing ship model! Wonderful work and congratulations on commissioning her!!

This was a really find and fun to follow build log, I'll definitely be in for your next build!

I like your display case as well, looks really good. And that you can get customized sizes is a nice feature, only that they get rather expensive when you need something bigger...

Fantastic work my friend, some many details and eye-catchers - I can't mention them all. Your etch, the rigging... Great! Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 05:35 AM UTC

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Thomas,

I apologize once more for my only very sporadic comments lately, you are doing an absolutely awesome job here, and you turned your Isuzu in an amazing ship model! Wonderful work and congratulations on commissioning her!!

This was a really find and fun to follow build log, I'll definitely be in for your next build!

I like your display case as well, looks really good. And that you can get customized sizes is a nice feature, only that they get rather expensive when you need something bigger...

Fantastic work my friend, some many details and eye-catchers - I can't mention them all. Your etch, the rigging... Great! Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Jan




Jan, thank you very much for your comments here, too! You did contributed to my high building spirit and I would be glad to have you on board again at my next ship build. In the meantime you are invited to have a look at my newest project over there at automodeler.kitmaker.net with my Borgward 1000Z conversion.


Grüße nach Niedersachsen

Thomas