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Akitsu Maru build
JJ1973
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Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 07:28 AM UTC

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Steve,

This looks good! What a weird subject... An Army aircraft carrier! Anyway, I have enjoyed watching her come together. For someone who doesn't do a lot of blogs, this was a fine effort!



Steve, ditto to what Tim says, very nice build log and interesting subject!

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 05:09 AM UTC
Steve,

This looks good! What a weird subject... An Army aircraft carrier! Anyway, I have enjoyed watching her come together. For someone who doesn't do a lot of blogs, this was a fine effort!
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 - 01:44 PM UTC
The completed Akitsu Maru. The decals were difficult because the came in sections and were hard to keep in a line. The instructions and box art showed the solid center line going through the circle but in the one photo of the real ship I found the line did not. The aircraft are Stellas The other is a Kayaba autogyro both used for ASW. The kit Stellas are not to bad but the autogyro is pretty poor and I ended up using just one. There are after market replacements for both of them and the Stella looks decent but the autogyro looks as bad as the kit one. I have the replacement Stella but I haven't built it yet.


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Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 11:37 PM UTC

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An interesting Kit so will watch with Interest and a very nice job so far.....Cheers mark



Agree, very nice job so far.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 07:30 PM UTC
An interesting Kit so will watch with Interest and a very nice job so far.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 01:55 PM UTC
flight deck assembled to the hull, Tamiya gloss sprayed on and ready for the decals

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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 01:00 PM UTC
Step 4 calls for the supports for the flight deck be glued to the flight deck and then the whole assembly be put to the hull. But because the girders go into pockets on the main deck, as is shown in the picture, and there are just holes in the bottom of the flight deck I put the supports to the main deck first to avoid any pocket/support misalignment
pockets

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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 05:55 AM UTC
Steve,

welcome to MSW once again! I thought I had missed this until I saw that Robin moved your build log just a few days ago.

Very interesting ship and approach with the liquid mask, nice work so far!

I'm in and watching!

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 01:12 PM UTC
I masked into areas that I didn't need or want to. When I've used liquid mask it's been over Tamiya paints. The next build I'm going to try my technique over Lifecolor paint to see if it will work for them
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Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020 - 09:49 PM UTC
Steve,

Looking sweet.

The areas that need touch up is it because the masking lifted the paint or just didn't cover paint enough?

Mark
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Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020 - 02:00 PM UTC
The deck with the liquid mask removed. a few places need some touch up


The corners of the front lower deck needed to be removed to get the part to fit
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Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 05:37 AM UTC

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never used liquid masks for Decks before, so will be interested to see how it turns out



Me either I always masked with tape. It takes a while but will worth it.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 03:48 PM UTC
never used liquid masks for Decks before, so will be interested to see how it turns out
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 02:38 PM UTC

I painted the wood appearing decks deck tan
and then masked them with micro mark liquid mask in preparation for the next color
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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 02:11 PM UTC

The bottom plate is to narrow sop i glued .o2 evergreen strips on both sides and sanded to match the upper hull. I've seem to have lost those photos in my computer swap
I.m going to use this Lifecolor set to paint it
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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 09:51 AM UTC
Welcome aboard Steve!

an interesting kit-unusual to see one molded in green...

following with interest

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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 03:20 AM UTC
Steve,

Welcome aboard, and thanks for coming in with a build log right out of the gate! This is an interesting and somewhat unusual subject - I'll be watching with interest.
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Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 11:18 PM UTC
Interesting little ship, will be watching this build.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 04:30 PM UTC

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please and thank you


Done / Robin
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Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 01:50 PM UTC
please and thank you
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Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 10:23 AM UTC
How about moving this thread/blog to Model Shipwrights instead?
Let me know (send PM) if you still want it moved.
Cheers / Robin
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 01:25 PM UTC
finally getting this one done now that I'm really retired
cleaned up the flight deck supports

parts ready to paint
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 03:17 PM UTC
Been away because of family needs but the next step is to clean off and up all the ejector pins on the flight deck supports and other parts (examples shown). Given the recessed details on many parts they are probably needed.

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Posted: Monday, January 06, 2020 - 02:54 PM UTC
The hull glued together. The large locating tabs on the deck and hull sides made getting everything aligned easy.

The rear hinge plate for the rear doors. After a quick no problem test fit I glued it on. You can put this part on upside down if you are not careful and it needs to go on before the bottom plate.

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Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2020 - 01:03 PM UTC
Good idea about marking the hole and you're right that autorama is the wrong place, so perhaps one of the nice moderators would kindly move it for me