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IJN Aoba at Kure Harbor, 1945

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MSW Crew-member Bob Cicconi[ BOBCICCONI] takes us on a damage assessment flight as the IJN Aoba settles into the harbor at Kure in 1945.

Here are some shots of a build that I did for one of the guys at my local modeling club. He actually knows, or is related to, one of the pilots that sank the Aoba in the shallow waters of Kure Harbor late July, 1945. He asked if I would build it to replicate the photos taken right after the war ended that show Aoba on the bottom of Kure Harbor. I did put the AA guns on as they weren't taken off until shortly after the final attack that sank her.

I used the Hasegawa re-tooled Aoba, which is accurate for her final AA fit, Testors paints, and Gold Medal railings and other photo etched details. The hardest part of the build was trying to make the waterline kit seem to be listing in the water and trying to make the scene faithful to the well known photos taken about a month or so after the war ended.

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About Bob Cicconi (bobcicconi)
FROM: PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES


Comments

You did a good job with the waterline model, making it look to be listing. I'll bet your friend appreciates it.
FEB 20, 2010 - 07:22 AM
I can appreciate the delicacy in applying the water tones over and around the hull, I'm working on a similar effect on a foundering World War One dreadnought. --Karl
FEB 20, 2010 - 08:57 AM
very nicely done; as mentioned, really good water effects and gradients of color tonality. A winner in my book, thanks for sharing
FEB 27, 2010 - 01:39 AM