It is my first battleship kit. I built it in November 2014.
I found “Random Japanese Warship Details” books, incidentally in the place where I dropped in at Tamiya plastic model factory Shimbashi store after a long absence. I wanted to make one naval ship model as expected. Because it was recommended on the internet that at first, the beginner should make one destroyer somehow, I bought this Kagero, the meaning of “a filament of air” in Japanese, without anything thinking, just taking the model from the top of the piles of many naval ships in a hobby shop.
They are “Random Japanese Warship Details” No.1 and No.2. There are many detailed commentary and illustrations and very interesting. As for the price, one book is 600 yen, it’s reasonably high-cost performance.
My only experience of a naval vessel is Nichimo’s 30cm series battleship Mutsu when I was in third grade. That Mutsu was not painted, I put grease to a screw box next to the motor gear and did a launching ceremony with my friends in a pond nearby. I put the ballast on the bottom of the ship first of all and jointed the upper and bottom.
There seems to be the part that something like a rubber mat of the antislip called linoleum is spread on the warship, now I’m masking the brown linoleum area. As for the color, special color is sold by Creos, but probably it’s OK for mixing wood brown and dark reddish-brown.
Now I’m thinking the side of the destroyer is very somewhat different from this box art picture, the model itself is too simple. If I feel it’s short, I give detail by myself. So, I decide to use the parts of a handrail, porthole, and rain cover for destroyers, use the photo-etched parts of Ocean Spirits.
What is this small one? There is only around 0.2mm in size? So small parts are rare with the tank model. There is not that I experienced only the etching of the bolt of the AFV Club kit.
Rain-cover of the porthole, it’s too difficult for me. I was not able to adhere neatly. If it was 1/700, I think it’s no problem for drilling small holes and paint them black. I glued the fishing line as the IJN degaussing cable. I felt some improvements occurred, anyway…
The full length is around 17cm, the size of the Magic Marker. A size AA battery looks huge. I glanced at this picture and the middle of the mast detail is brilliant, but carefully watching, it’s a box picture!
According to the instruction,
Commissioned: 6 November 1939,
Displacement: 2,033 long tons (2,066 t) standard
Length: 118.5 m (388 ft 9 in)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
Speed: 35.5 knots (40.9 mph; 65.7 km/h)
Kagero was disabled by a naval mine in the Gulf of Kula Western Solomon Islands on May 8, 1943. Then she was attacked by Allied aircraft and sank southwest of Rendova.
Kagero participated in the Pearl Harbor attack, Rabaul capture operation, the Indian Ocean raid, the Battle of Midway, and the second Solomon sea-fight of the Guadalcanal area.
Though I thought whether it was a wet decal flag of the Rising Sun, I waited around 15 minutes. It did not come off at all, I check the decal but it’s only this water transcription type and soaked it in water for around 15 minutes, I did not come off at all. It was only a stick-on decal…
It is a considerably small warship. The antenna lines are metal wires of 0.07mm in diameter. It’s my first time, so this model is a trial for lining the metal wire. Very interesting work. It became a very real-looking model…
It is my ship model of the memorable first. After a great deal of puzzling for assembling, I like it very much. A destroyer is small but a hard worker. Warship model making is so interesting, the next one will be size up a little, I will probably make a light cruiser.
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.