All of you A Happy New Year!! I will build Fujimi’s warship, Heavy Cruiser Tone. Let’s start the kit that does not put nipper as it is the beginning of the New Year. This year I want to actively rescue kits that have stopped in the middle of making and bring it to completion. The other day, purchased a Fujimi ‘s special 10000 yen lucky bag and stock increased, let’s start with this kit also in terms of reducing the stock of ship kits. Even if I buy a lucky bag, there is still no duplicate ship means still I’m a beginner.
This kit contains ballasts, I use two pieces, and weight is felt.
This is the photo-etched parts of Tone that I had purchased before. There are a lot of parts of a handrail and a catapult. I wouldn’t be able to use everything, but I will try to make effective use as much as possible.
Recently I’ve gotten used to handling photo-etched parts so I can bring it to completion unless I make a big mistake. I’m sorry if I give up on the way.
The float depot of the water reconnaissance plane just beside of the chimney interfered various parts and adjusted it many times. The assembly order is complicated, I still don’t know what is the best order.
The bridge deck of Tone is quite compact. But there are many small handrails and yet has not been able to finish completely attaching them.
The photo-etched parts of the secondary armament of the ship’s side are quite difficult. Though there is a ladder beside a gun turret, I have not yet attached it.
I am going to put four Aichi E13A reconnaissance aircraft. These are all clear parts. The propeller is also a clear part. I purchased the photo-etched parts so the propeller etched parts were included in this set. I thanked for using it.
The best anime I saw last year was “Made in Abyss” of the underground adventure. I like Miyazaki’s works Cagliostro, Nausicaä, Laputa, and Porco Rosso, I think that the degree of completion of “Made in Abyss” is as high as that. But this cartoon is for children, the hero is too young. I’d like to make a character figure of “Made in Abyss” and searched on the internet, it seems that only the finished product has been released.
There is the place where a position of the stairs is different from a sample photograph. I may have made a mistake.
The assembling of the crane is difficult. It became the form somehow. Though a crane did not go well when I made battleship Kongo before, it was good this time. The view in this area is a good feeling with a sense of precision.
I finished the assembly earlier. The shipboard boats and reconnaissance aircraft will be glued after painting, all the others are completed. After assembly, the deck is complicated and it seems to be difficult to paint the linoleum part. I think that it is cool enough without painting, it is cold these days so I do not want to use much airbrush in the winter season.
I used the photo-etched parts of Fujimi’s Tone, but the assembly number is not assigned to this assembly manual so much, and the picture is unclear and it is hard to handle. The assembly itself is not too difficult. Maybe I should use it as I like and detail-up this ship. Inaccurate assembly instructions are confusing but better than nothing.
Since the explanation of the photo-etched parts is insufficient to understand, I examined the shape of the ship ladders by the warship research material, but even if the structure is understood, such a reproduction is impossible… As much as you can understand, it is an interesting place of modeling hobbies like that. It is an interesting point of the modeling to understand some structures.
The reconnaissance planes are being painted at the beginning.
The linoleum area, I used a Leather Brown of the Vallejo Model Color with personal preference. The fine painting becomes mentally exhausted. However, the modeler who likes masking or painting with a brush, I think that preference for process selection will be divided. Masking may be the orthodox process as a modeling of warships. Anyway, after this, I have to retouch a lot of points.
Recently, it was quite troubling in the matter of a printer for several days. I purchased an Epson printer and for a while, a message of the trouble appeared when I was going to print some material the other day. I could not print, scan or copy at all. I was thinking that I changed to compatible ink a while ago and it caused a breakdown, I wonder if it will be a replacement. After all, it is self-responsibility. Even if I replaced it with a genuine ink cartridge, if the head broke down due to the ink, thinking that it would be useless, It turned into a genuine cartridge by trial and it worked normally!
The result itself is very much appreciated, but I’d like to doubt that it is working on a compatible ink prevention program with firmware updates or something. For example, after setting a compatible ink and printing a certain number of sheets, error display on the printer and stop all functions. After all, when thinking, I don’t need an IC chip for ink remaining amount measure function. It’s better it is good with a simple ink cartridge without IC chip, I presume there are many malfunction cases of not recognizable to this IC chip. Even if it is true, I do not want to make it a problem that a compatible ink prevention program is installed. If the manufacturers do such specifications, I think that they should open it properly without sneaking up. Rather than being told that it is a malfunctioning error, it’s better to tell us “I will not use your compatible ink for anything!!!”, and I properly buy genuine cartridges. I think that the compatible ink business is doing faithless, and the printer business model is an abnormal structure of getting profit from ink cartridges. Manufacturers will have difficulties, but may they show a more sincere part to consumers?
In France, I learned that there was a questionnaire survey on the suspicion that it would intentionally cause the printer to malfunction or shorten the lifespan in the printer business. Normally I was not interested in such an article if the printer was used normally, but I was pretty interested in the printer business for the last week.
I could not print at all and after I bought a Canon printer I learned the above. Well, Canon’s new printer is connected to my wife’s PC, it is OK. In the future, even if either of the two printers breaks, it will not be a problem immediately. Although I cannot conclude, I encountered a phenomenon that I felt the manufacturer’s dishonesty so I wrote a complaint.
The clear parts airplane parts were a dull impression. When painting and changing the propeller to a photo-etched parts and sticking a lot of decals, it became sharp. Some decals were degraded, so I changed them to my spare stocks.
The heavy cruiser Tone has a unique structure where all the main guns are placed in the front and the rear is equipped with a water plane and catapults.
Commissioned: 20 November 1938
Displacement: 11,213 long tons
Length: 201.6 m (661 ft)
Beam: 19.4 m (63 ft 8 in)
Speed: 35.55 knots (35 mph; 65 km/h)
8 × 203 mm (8 in) naval gun (4×2)
8 × 127 mm (5 in) naval gun (4×2)
24 × 25 mm Type 96 antiaircraft gun (8×3)
23 × 25 mm Type 96 antiaircraft gun (23×1)
catapult x 2, Aichi E13A floatplanes x 6
At the time of the war, it was a state-of-the-art heavy cruiser. Therefore, there was no major modification other than reinforcement of radar and the anti-aircraft gun.
The heavy cruiser of IJN basically puts the name of the mountain, but Tone became a river name because it was considered as a light cruiser during construction planning. Although it could not be built as a heavy cruiser due to the limitation of the London Conference on Disarmament, it was thought that reinforcement of the main gun could be made later.
It’s a very precise mold. The main gun’s muzzle is neatly open.
I am surprised that the expression of the ship has changed considerably after I fixed four reconnaissance airplanes on the back deck. Next time I would like to make onboard aircraft little more precise.
There has been a gap under the secondary gun on the starboard in particular. Though I used the photo-etched parts with much effort, I am disappointed. I mean I forgot this recovery.
The airplane cockpit may have had a better painting method. It’s a clear body part so I’ll think about it a bit more next time. Also, I was stretching the antenna, it became a tension that interfered with the rotation of the radar. Logically, it is strange.
It’s a small but fearless face bridge. The window frame photo-etched parts were attached.
The handrails and the stairs of the photo-etched parts are particularly fun to assemble because they improve the sense of precision.
Front and the rear flagpole is not just a stick, but fine detail is arranged. In this case, it is more realistic to use these parts as it is rather than replacing it with a brass bar.
Heavy cruiser Tone was built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Shipyard, so I used Tamiya acrylic XF-77 Sasebo navy factory gray.
Tone played actively in various strategies such as Pearl Harbor attack, the Battle of Midway, Battle of the Eastern Solomons and Battle of Leyte Gulf. Tone wrecked under attack by US aircraft while berthing at Kure in July 1945, putting on a bottom and end the war.
Although the total length does not change with the previously built battleship Kongo, the IJN Tone width is about two-thirds of Kongo. I wonder if there will be a difference of 31000 tons of battleships and 11,000 tons of this cruiser.
I tried to take a photo, setting beside the battleship Kongo and the destroyer Yukikaze which I built around a half year ago. The battleship’s bridge has a massive impression. The heavy cruise Tone is a smart and sophisticated design. Yukikaze is small and lovely.