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1/350 Tamiya IJN Kagero as the IJN Akigumo
rolltide31
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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 09:46 AM UTC
Gentlemen,

Thanks for the kind words.

God knows that in this case real life made a giant impact. Im just glad its done so I can continue to focus on the Shokaku.

Tim, thank you. Since the Akigumo was commissioned in Sep 41 I thought that a light weathering would be appropriate. I also left the blast bags an off white since the IJN was not technically at war when they departed for Hawaii.

Chuck, I did not modify the Kagero kit to represent the Akigumo. There are limited pictures of the Akigumo so I bought I 1/700 scale version of the ship. Using that as reference I did not see anything major that would have required modification. I just ensured that it was the 1941 configuration.

thanks again gents. I will try and do better with my future builds.


Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 04:50 AM UTC
David: Did you have to modify Kagero in any way to create Akigumo? You may have mentioned it in your text and I missed it.

I have had this kit for some time, and contemplate doing Amatsukaze at Midway, where she escorted the transports. I cannot determine that there was any difference between her and the Kagero during this time frame, but my reference material on IJN destroyers is very limited.

You did an outstanding job on this built.
TimReynaga
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Posted: Monday, August 13, 2018 - 04:15 PM UTC
Brilliant work, Dave! The weathering looks just right. I can't wait to see her in company with Shokaku!
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:20 PM UTC
Excellent work Dave!

Great to see this baby finished off!

Real life sure makes it hard to fit in bench time, photography and then editing and uploading the pics as well, so we'll forgive you the lack of updates Lord knows I need the credit too
rolltide31
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Posted: Monday, August 13, 2018 - 11:35 AM UTC
Hey everyone,

I know I have been quiet but I have not been idle. I also know that I suck on keeping everyone up to date on my progress. This is a kit that I have been working on for some time and now it is finished. There are a couple things left to do such as adding the crew, some signal flags and a final matt varnish coat but that will have to wait a bit.

Here are the final pictures






















I do plan on attaching her to a sea scape with the IJN Aircraft Carrier Shokaku to the starboard side. Working the base and the Shokaku now. Once I have the crew added and the base complete I will add more photos.

thanks for looking in.

Dave
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 02:25 AM UTC
Excellent progress here Dave!

Jan's right-the bridge does look odd!

Looking forward to seeing you update the Shokaku build
rolltide31
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 11:11 PM UTC
Si - thanks for the kind words and I am glad to help. I will admit that I have not run into any issues with the Infini kit or the Kagero Kit. I will probably look to getting some more soon.

Jan - Thank you for the kind words. As mentioned before, highly recommend the Infini kits. They are scheduled to release the 40mm Bofors either this month or next. The bridges for the IJN destroyers do look a little small and out dated compared to other nations during WWII. Almost all class of IJN Destroyers seem to have the same bridge layout and size. I never noticed it but now that you said something I am interested in finding out the reason.

Let me know what you find out, we can compare notes.

Dave
JJ1973
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 09:20 AM UTC
Hi Dave,

welcome back, glad to see some progress going on!! But who am I to say that...?? Great work, she really looks good! The PE stuff looks really good, too!! So Infini is definitely on the list!
- strange bridge however, I have do cross reference that, but it somehow reminds me of some WWI or even pre-WWI torpedo boats...

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 01:09 AM UTC
Great work Dave,

And many thanks for all the tips for my Kagero build.

Cheers

Si
rolltide31
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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 10:10 PM UTC
Russell,

thanks, the Infini upgrade kit is pretty nice. I would even go so far as to compare it with Pontos quality and level of fiddly parts.

I know I have been gone again for an extended period of time but I hope to end that with this updated post of my progress on the IJN Akigumo. I am absolutely terrible about taking pictures when I build so there are some gaps in the progress. I do apologize and will work on getting better.

But here it goes.

Instead of providing a running commentary as to the progress I am going to get everyone caught up with just pictures. I will try and do better of explaining my actions during follow on posts.



































one comments, the tops of the 25mm ammo cans is a result of not paying attention when I place them on tape for painting..ooops



and this is where she is now.



I am putting the Akigumo off to the side for a few weeks so I can work on the Shokaku.

Well thanks for looking in and I will try and do a better job of providing more current updates, well now that I am not sharing my computer with my 9 year old.

Dave


RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 01:21 AM UTC
very nice progress, Dave.

Those paravanes look exquisite
rolltide31
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Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 11:14 PM UTC
hey everyone,

Ok, so now that I have updated the Shokaku log it is time for the Akigumo to get updated. Work on the Akigumo has come to a slow halt due to the Shokaku but it is in line to get revamped within the next week.

That being said here is where I am right now.

Here is the aft funnel in preparation for painting.



It has since been primed and the top portion painted black. Just need to mask off the top and give it an overall coat of grey before adding it to the ship.

Next I moved on to the twin Type 97 25mm AA guns for the AA deck.

These were practice and I am not completely happy with them. Luckily I have a complete PE set of the twin mounts so its not that big a deal.

That being said the Infini 25mm AA guns are fabulous.









the pictures posted do not do it justice as I realized I am missing some. In essence though the entire set-up is etch and turned brass. No resin or plastic associated with the guns. I will post a better update once I tackle the replacement sets.

next was moving on to the AA deck platform that will sit below the aft funnel. Here the railings were a bit of a challenge due to the twist and turns of the platform.



in the end it worked out well and Im happy with the result.

I then moved on to the paravanes. Again, Infini does this justice by using turned brass.







They are ready for paint and mounted on the stern deck with the crane. So not to knock it off they will probably wait a little bit longer though.

Well I need to do a better job of taking in progress photos and I promise to do so.

Here she is with the mid deck structure mounted permanently.





need to work on the lighting in my workroom too.

Anyway, that is where she is now and hanging out in dry dock waiting for some love from the dock workers. The plan is to reengage in about a week.

Thanks for stopping by and as always suggestions, comments and criticism are always welcome.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 11:37 PM UTC
She's looking the part already, fast work...
And your etch work looks so clean and precise! Fantastic !
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 01:47 PM UTC
Setting a blistering pace there Dave!

Very nice work might I add too!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year
rolltide31
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 12:04 PM UTC
Jan, thanks for the comments.

All,

Well since I was a little slow on providing updates this one will be a little lengthy.

I finally finished the first quad launcher. The top railing was a little bit challenging but the rest of it went together just fine.





The next step was adding the PE parts to the bridge roof.



Then completing the fire control tower



After that it was time to add a layer of primer. Instead of my usual Vallejo Black primer I opted for Tamiya rattle can light grey. I think it was easy to use and applied pretty smoothly.

The quad launcher



The Bridge roof



The hull



The hull with bridge and aft torpedo storage dry fitted



The next step was painting the hull with Tamiya Linoleum Brown, Tamiya Kure Arsenal Grey, and Vallejo Hull Red













Here is a top photo with the mid section dry fitted



The bridge and aft torpedo storage are glued to the deck.



I added the crew which consists of some Fujimi and North Star Figures. Either the figures are oversized or the bridge is too small. I had to sand the figures feet off a few mm's...still not sure the bridge roof is going to fit correctly. Guess we will see







I have since moved on to the aft funnel and the first paravane crane.





The paravane crane was a little challenging as the PE hinges broke due to all the required bends. But a little gator grip and it was back on track.

Well that's it for now but more updates are coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by and as always comments, suggestions and criticism are always welcome.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.

Dave



JJ1973
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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 09:36 PM UTC
Dave,

wow - I missed out on quite a few updates and on a lot of progress here!! Great work, the PE looks really clean and spotless! And, your approach not to remove all the molded on detail looks really good to me, certainly does not take away from the overall impression!

Cheers,
Jan
rolltide31
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2016 - 12:47 AM UTC
Si / Todd,

Thanks for the comments. She is a pretty easy build even with all the PE.

I got a layer of primer on yesterday so am headed to the paint ship today to knock out the hill and deck. Color is coming!!

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 09:08 AM UTC
Hot Damn Dave....more fine work on the PE!! She's looking fantastic brotha'....keep it going!
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:22 AM UTC
Hi Dave,

Really nice work on the bridge and the TT's and their stowage, that is a lot of etch!

Looking forward to seeing more progress.

Cheers

Si

rolltide31
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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 03:38 AM UTC
Hey everyone,

Well the reduced schdule has given me an opportunity to work in the yard the past couple of days. So here is an update.

More PE has been added to the quad launcher. I kind of cheated here by not removing the molded on detail for the railings. I wanted to make sure they were straight and in the end I don't think it takes away from the overall look. I'll let you decide.





Next up is the aft torpedo storage. I used veterans 2M range finder instead of the kit supplied version.





And now the bridge.





I picked up some Tamiya primer today with the intent of applying tonight. Not sure I'll make that happen but I am ready to begin applying some color.

Well that's it for now, Thanks for stopping in and as always cooments, suggestions and criticism are always welcome

See you again soon

Dave
rolltide31
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 10:22 AM UTC
Gents,

Thanks for the comments. Got some time on the bench today so will have another update soon

Dave
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 08:28 AM UTC
Making some great progress on this Dave!! Clean PE work my friend!!
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 02:54 AM UTC
Ahoy Dave

I just love these destroyers and their linoleum decks.

This build is shaping up very well thus far.

Cheers


Sean
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 02:16 AM UTC
Nice work Dave,

Serious etch happening to the TT's mate, the Infini does look very good, OK I am totally convinced now.

Cheers

Si
rolltide31
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Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:04 AM UTC
Si,

I highly recommend in. The PE is sturdy and the instructions are pretty good.

I spent some time in the dockyard this weekend.

Here is the mid ship with the aft bridge.



PE added to the aft bridge





Here is the aft torpedo storage





A little closer look.



Here is the kit quadruple torpedo launcher before PE.





Now with parts of the PE added





There is much more to add to the launchers and a second launcher to build.

Well that's it for now, hopefully with a lighter schedule this week I will get to spend some more time on the bench.

Thanks for stopping by and as always comments, suggestions and criticism are always welcome.

Dave