AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING Happy New Year in 2021! As it is the new year, I will upload a new model. A few years ago, I bought Fujimi’s 1/700 Lucky Bag and one of the items was not so valuable as the price. The kit for the diorama during the construction of the battleship Yamato, I assembled it as it was in service in 1941. I didn’t touch the aircraft carrier Hosho that was in this kit. I would like to make it properly here now, I will do my best.
Ho-sho means a phoenix is flying through the sky, so I think it is a lucky word. It is said that the appearance of a phoenix is a sign of good things happening, so I want to keep our luck in this difficult virus pandemic period. By the way, I’ve made several ship models in the past, but I’m a beginner. I aim to complete it. By the way, I haven’t touched a lucky bag at all since then. But I sometimes buy Fujimi products separately. Photo-etched parts have become expensive recently, which is a disappointment. I would like to see a box set of photo-etched parts and the hull again.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING I did not think too much and assembled the parts somehow, but I made a mistake in the direction of the large parts glued.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING By the way, this is the kit box that was included Hosho in the set of a lucky bag I bought a few years ago. Before this year, Fujimi’s lucky bag was a reasonable combination. After that, I had an image that they were relentlessly trying to deal with a combination of bad inventory disposal that was quite brute. But I think each kit itself is very good.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING Failed. The large box-shaped part in the middle was attached to the front and back, so I left it for a while and it became impossible to fix. I attached some small parts on the side, and it took me a long time to peel them off with pouring glue, so I ended up breaking two reinforcing bars. It was so damaged that I thought it was a direct course to the trash can.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING For the time being, I took a deep breath, corrected the direction, and reattached. I think I will try to fix the distortion of small parts and some scratches as much as possible later. I think there might be a part hidden behind other parts. Even so, after I made a big mistake, I lost my motivation. When I tried to make a ship model for the first time in a while I was embarrassed by the trouble. For now, I bought the photo-etched parts, so I will try to do as much as I can. When I was fixing the wrong parts, the bollards on the bow were damaged, so I fixed it with a round slice of the runner that was stretched.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKINGI don’t want to keep a failed plastic model as soon as I start making it, I thought it would cost about 2,000 yen on Amazon, so I searched for Hosho but it was all sold or not available. Even if it is sold, the premium price is 6,000 yen or 8,000 yen… Is it waiting for reproduction? No option to buy this kit again, let’s keep going.
(2021/01/01)

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING I will try to use them separately sold photo-etched parts for Hosho. I just started assembling it, I’m not sure where to replace it with the photo-etched parts or just a lot of additional parts. From a quick look, I think there are many additional parts.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING I assembled some searchlights on the flight deck.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING There are many things like an airplane elevator on the back. Is it possible to attach a lot of pillars to the ship’s bow at this timing?

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING That’s all for the boat this time. I will paint it all together later.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING Includes four biplanes with precise transparent parts. There are type 92 carrier-based attack aircraft and type 95 carrier-based fighter aircraft 2 each.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKINGAssembled using 1/700 scale biplane photo-etched parts. It is quite difficult. To be honest, I didn’t like it because I had a hard time with the first plane. This is a good item to train my patience.

Speaking of PC games, I bought a Motorsport Manager at the end of the year and it was so interesting that I kept playing it. I’m just looking at the racing cars that go around the circuit, but I’m really into it.
(2021/01/05)

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING It didn’t go very well, but all four of them came into shape. Before I started working on this kit, I was thinking of buying a separately sold airplane and lining it up on the deck. No way. This is enough for this time.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING They stayed on top of the cotton swab lid while assembling the hull. I have to be careful not to lose it.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING Before I started making models of an aircraft carrier, I thought it was like putting boards on the hull. The more I make it, the more I realize how complicated the structure is. The lower deck and the upper flight deck have two tiers, and the assembly is a little complicated.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKING Since the part where the hose reel is wound is replaced with the photo-etched parts, the hose reel is being made of plastic rods and ultra-fine metal wire. I don’t like this copper reel because my cat loves playing tricks on it.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 MAKINGThere are still some parts to attach.
(2021/01/07)

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING There are many facilities under the flight deck. I thought it would be easy to complete because it is a small aircraft carrier, it is quite difficult.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING Actually, the flight deck and the hull are not bonded yet. This is my first time to make an aircraft carrier, so I’m a little confused about the procedures of assembling and painting. When should I paint the hull color or the wood brown of the deck? Should I use an airbrush or brush?

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING I attached the photo-etched parts as much as possible before entering the painting process. In addition to handrails and ladders, there are many parts unique to aircraft carriers, so it’s very fun to make them.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING Wooden decks are painted with wood brown, dark yellow, and tan. If I think about it, it was the first time to paint wooden decks among my small number of model ships. Battleships made in the past used deck seals. I love deck stickers because they are easy and effective.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING The flight deck can be masked easily. There were too many structures on the lower deck, so I didn’t feel like masking, so I used a thin airbrush to cover the gray one. In the end, I painted the fine parts with a small brush.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTINGI made the pattern a little irregular by washing which is often used in AFV model making. We’ll see later, but we can’t see much of the lower deck.
(2021/01/09)

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING For a small aircraft carrier, there are many boats and cutters. I am painting small parts.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING It’s my first time to build an aircraft carrier, so I don’t know what to do with it, but it’s quite difficult to work on the part of the ceiling of the flight deck where a small boat hanged. I had to attach the flight deck and the hull before I could assemble it, and then I had to paint only the suspension part with a brush. It was a little misaligned due to the adhesion of parts. I can’t fix the parts vertically down because the handrail is in the way… It’s strange. And I painted the inner side of the boat very hard, but I can’t see it very well.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING When I was cleaning up, I found a wooden stand which I was planning to use as a paint stand. The one I’m attaching to Hosho is for assembling a track for a tank model, so it is a little thin. The last time I built a Yamashiro was more than a year and a half ago, so I was so enthusiastic that I forgot to prepare a bigger painting table next time.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING After a series of detailed work, decals were pasted on the carrier-based aircraft and lined up. Then, I’ll put an antenna a little and airbrush the matte clear. Shall I install a lifebuoy?

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTING The buoy is probably not molded in the kit parts. I cut the copper wire of the electric wire and cut it into round slices.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 PAINTINGIf I paint it and stick a decal on it, and put it on the deck, I think I’ll be able to tell it’s a carrier-based biplane.
(2021/01/11)

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK The aircraft carrier Hosho was completed. According to the kit, it is military equipment and facilities in 1944. When it was commissioned, there was a small bridge (Island), and the chimney was vertical, not in the shape of a sideways projection like this kit.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK The flight deck was 180 meters in total length, which sounds quite long. Later, the performance of the aircraft improved, and in the case of single-engine reciprocating aircraft, this aircraft carrier was off the front line due to lack of the deck length required for takeoff and landing.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK The aircraft carrier Hosho participated in the China Incident, but the Battle of Midway was his last mission. Even in Midway, the speed was slow and it didn’t go out to the front. After that, it was used for the landing training of aircraft carrier crew.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK This time, I was able to reproduce the airplane rescue net and the personnel rescue net by using the photo-etched part for Hosho. Airplane rescue nets are installed on both sides of the flight deck to prevent carrier-based aircraft from falling. In the case of Hosho, the rescue net for the crew seems to be on both sides of the bow. The net is smaller than the airplane rescue net.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK Probably, when the aircraft carrier makes a sharp turn, the inclination of the deck will be considerably large, so the carrier-based aircraft and crew will be often unstable.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK As this kit included Hosho, it was anchored next to the battleship Yamato during its outfitting work as a counterintelligence activity. Of course, the area was off-limits and there must have been a lot of military police, I wonder this Hosho anchored was for counterintelligence purposes.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK The decals on the flight deck are protected with a matte clear several days after being attached.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK The wooden flight deck was painted with a brush with a slight gradation.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK Is it like this when landing approach?

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK Light weathering is given to the entire ship.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORK AIRCRAFT CARRIER HOSHO 1944 FUJIMI 1/700 FINISHED WORKI thought I would throw it out after I failed to assemble it. After all, it wasn’t so noticeable below the flight deck, so I guess it was a good choice to continue making it. I would like to make an official aircraft carrier someday.
(2021/01/13)

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