I made a large navy warship for the first time. It was built in September 2015.
It is a warship model after a long absence since I built Tamiya Abukuma last year. My skill does not increase if I don’t make a lot more ships. I decide to make Fujimi’s kit with the reputation of details.
Small gun turret and chimney are being built up first. This ship is equipped with 5 sets of 20cm multiple-barreled cannon. There was some difference between left and right, front and rear, so I wrote the memo number on the parts.
The complex bridge structure was becoming quite cool. I made 2 types of observation airplanes, one is Mitsubishi F1M Type Zero seaplane (reconnaissance floatplane), the other is Aichi E13A Navy Type Zero reconnaissance seaplane. But I wonder why they don’t have a propeller, it’s too small scale and omitted?
The photo-etched parts of Haguro seem to be released. It’s for master modelers, this is still early for me. After this heavy cruiser could be completed, for now, I’ll use that kind of full parts next time. I use some detail up by the Guard Rails for IJN BB.
What I thought of while sticking a handrail, I should have made a handrail before blowing linoleum. Because the painting of the deck becomes tainted when superglue sticks out over the edge, it is costing twice the labor.
After finished, it has more reality to use photo-etched parts. There is secondary armament on both sides on the upper deck and I cannot glue a handrail at the same timing.
A real history of the vessels is not in the assembling illustration of Fujimi. Assembly drawing and painting guide only.
If there is a brief description of the wartime career and it is easy to put the feelings for beginners. Maybe I examine it by myself.
The small objects on the deck will be painted by a brush later. So the masking was made rough. Even this is quite hard work. I masked it like an upper photograph finely while it was the beginning, but became rough halfway.
The Sasebo dockyard gray is very black compared with the other 3 dockyards in Japan, Yokosuka, Kure, and Maizuru. So maybe it’s better to adjust the color tone a little. But I don’t like painting with the very dark color, considering the scale effect of colors, not take too much seriously, I use the Mr.Color number 32 which is a rather brighter one.
I paint canvas sheets of the root of the cannons with white, and also some objects on the deck with white. The part where linoleum and the war vessel color stuck up is being corrected.
There are many parts which are insufficient to compare the parts of the kit with reference book “Japanese Warship Details” of Tamiya. But it is interesting to compare with the real ship in various ways.
There are small decals for launches, it’s indicated cruiser name “Haguro”. There are many masterpiece works of launches in other homepage and I astonished. Now my work is OK for straight from the box.
Haguro was completed. Haguro was the fourth ship of Myoko class of heavy cruiser, was laid down at the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki. The Myoko class is 10,000t class heavy cruiser designed based on the Washington navy disarmament treaty. The warship of the same type is Myoko, Ashigara, Nachi, and Haguro.
• 10 × 203 mm (8.0 in) guns (5×2)
• 8 × 127 mm (5.0 in) guns (4×2; from 1935)
• 4 × 25 mm (0.51 in) machine guns (4×3)
• 8 × 25 mm (0.51 in) machine guns (8×2)
• 8 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes (4×4)
A war record of Haguro: Sank Netherlands light cruiser De Ruyter and Java. British heavy cruiser Exeter, the British destroyer Encounter, and U.S. destroyer Pope were sunk in collaboration with other warships.
She participated in the Battle of the Java Sea, Battle of Midway, Battle of the Coral Sea, etc. many strategies.
In May 1945, she sank by the torpedo attack of the British destroyer fleet in the transportation duty to the Andaman Islands. Approximately 400 of 700 rests were killed in battle, and approximately 300 people were saved on a destroyer.
I added the photo-etched parts of handrails from the third party named Ocean Spirits. There are something like mast appeared on the top of the main armament turret of a real cruiser. it’s omitted in this kit. I would like to add these kinds of things by using etched parts at the next opportunity.
Because the handrail had been twisted a little, I should have repaired it perpendicularly at the last timing. The cause of twisting is that sometimes I use the painting stands and sometimes holding by hand while painting it. Next time, I’ll try to fix the vessel on a wooden plate and painting.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.