1/350 IJN "AKAGI"

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So here's a couple new pics with the splinter guards installed with their restraining ropes, added the ladders and attennas also.





 

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Thanks Quaralane!

Small update: installed the island and the flagstaff on the ship:





Still have to fold the flags a bit more, but getting there. Thanks for viewing and as always, comments and suggestions are most welcome in this thread. Cheers, Tim
 

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You're knocking this one out of the park so far, Tim
 

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Thanks Quaralane, your comments are appreciated!

Added the bowsprit and the stern pole:




Note 3 "spacers" added to project light bar away from the pole a little bit and outside the railing:


Added the LAST RAILING ON THE SHIP (yay!!!) ...its the outside one of the island, here you see only about 1/3 of it unfortunately:


And a couple of misc pics:



INQUIRY: Does anyone know the correct light configeration for the stern light pole of Akagi at Pearl Harbor? As you can see, I have green, red and yellow "lights" on the pole, but I do not know if this is correct or if they are in the right order. I don't think it matters that much really, but as the "lights" can be easily changed, if someone knows, I'd certainly appreciate hearing.

As always, thanks for viewing and your comments and suggestions! Regards, Tim
 

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Thanks guys, appreciate it! There is still quite a bit to do on this model...all the flight deck catch nets (there's quite a few), and I only have about half of the planes finished, and there are quite a few of those as well. In addition, the side folding antennas an all their rigging needs to be done. Be about a month I'd say.

A good friend was kind enough to send me this in regards to the navigation light bars that were on Japanese WWII ships...apparently all ships used the same configuration. I include it for future reference for anyone doing a Japanese ship with these installed.



So here's my corrected nav light bar:


And I have started on the catch nets that surround the flight deck...here's three installed:

Thanks again for all of your kind comments gentlemen!! Cheers, TJ
 

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Thanks Scott! Have you decided about coming to Freddy Beach for the big show?

Have been somewhat busy with spring clean-up around the yard and house...its that time of year around here when our golden retriever's 5 months of accumulated dog poop piles in the backyard are starting to show through the snow melting. Anyway...onto to less objectionable things:

Starting back onto the airplanes...here you see a couple dozen torpedo bombers and a dozen or so Zero's (still have another 12 Vals to make). These all need their canopies and props installed, you can see the pe canopies and props on the left of the pic:


Applying decals to the underneath of the Zero's and getting ready to add their landing gear and wash:


Here's my first torpedo bomber done, still have some touch ups to do like apply some black wash on the canopies, but anyway:


The first 15 torpedo bombers done, another 6 to go...here they are resting on the flight deck while I work on the others:


I'm doing a few folded wings ones too, two for the deck and one for going in the forward elevator:



Comments and suggestions, as always, are welcome in this thread. Cheers to all and thanks for looking! -Tim
 

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Awestruck by the look of these tiny planes.
Me, I'm lucky if I can get the cnopies to look even close when they get this small
 

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Thanks Quaralane! Yes, these planes can be problematic at this scale..doing photoetch landing gear for them is an example...tiny, but what is worse, VERY fragile landing gear parts:

Only a small update today as the Zero's pe landing gear was more trouble than anticipated, but we got through it ok finally.

The Zero's landing pe landing gear and canopies:


Landing gears attached and getting ready to roll the canopies:


Comments and suggestions, as always, are welcome in this thread. Cheers to all and thanks for looking! -Tim
 

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How I made my landing gear wheel hubs:
(I always make extra because not all turn out)


Photoetch landing gear..its beautiful, too bad at this scale its hard to notice on the finished plane, but anyway...on the left is the kit part, one the right the etch, and after a double fold, the finished landing gear. I hand painted the wheels black and then the next day painted the outside stuts the fuselage color, then the day after that, I folded them, Most of the paint stayed on, I was quite happy about that :) (oh ...and those tabs on the bottom of the wheels are supposed to be there :) they are locators for the the wheel when folded onto the strut)


More to do!


Pic of folded and painted landing gear:


 

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Hi everybody...I have the canopies for the Zero's installed, but I have a question; in the 2nd pic below there are two versions of the props...the kit part with the decals and the pe part without. I could not get the decals to apply/stick to the pe ones, but they did nicely to the plastic ones. The pe ones are thinner by quite a bit, but they lack the decals. If it was your model, which ones woudl you use? As you can see, I haven't installed the props yet except for these two...awaiting what the majority of you think before I do the rest.




Sorry for the bad pics but these things are less than 1 inch long. Let me know which way you would go. Thx! -Tim
 

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I'm tempted to say use the photo etch, it looks more to scale in my opinion.

Absolutely brilliant work here. Yes, so far the plan is attend CAMS - I'll have a table; selling some stash stuffings.
 

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