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1/350 Tamiya IJN Kagero as the IJN Akigumo
RedDuster
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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:03 PM UTC
Thanks Dave,

Will take a look at picking one of those up, and will be keeping a close eye on this build.

Cheers

Si
rolltide31
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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 08:56 PM UTC
Si - The Infini kit is extremely impressive. The price is reasonable and the quality is high. While they are not as extensive as the Pontos kits they are comparable.

Russell - The slipways are keeping me busy but I like the challenge. Having a full year to complete both comes in handy though.

Dave
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 03:27 PM UTC
Nice progress here Dave

With 3 drydocks/slipways underway, I bet you've got your hands full
RedDuster
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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 02:49 PM UTC
Hi Dave,

Great work so far, have the Kagero in the stash, considering the infini upgrade, looks impressive.

Cheers

Si
rolltide31
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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 11:47 AM UTC
Hi Everyone,

The Akigumo is slowly coming together. Now with the Shokaku filling the dry dock the Akigumo has taken a little bit of a back seat.

Even with that here are some updates.

I continued adding the PE port holes along the bridge.





Here is the rear structure



and an overall shot...everything is dry fitted



Sorry for the glare in the pictures but the morning sun is a pain.

Anyway, I am trying to dedicate equal time to both ships...we will see how it works.

More this weekend.

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

Dave
KelticKnot
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 02:23 PM UTC
Looks great already and the PE really enhances the detail.
You're definitely swaying my Pearl Harbour campaign build choice in the direction of a ship.
As it would be my first small scale ship I'll follow your progress with great interest
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 12:29 PM UTC
Great progress Dave!

The depth charges rack doesn't look all the bad from the kit - I've seen lot's worse - but the PE is a huge improvement over that!! Really looks like the Infini set is a fine set! I'm looking forward to your progress and seeing more of your fine model and the PE set!

Cheers,
Jan
TRM5150
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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 08:58 AM UTC
Very nice Dave! The new charges are a huge improvement! Moving this one right along now! Couple more days and we can run with the campaign!
rolltide31
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 08:19 AM UTC
Todd, Jan, Russell,

Thanks for following, I promise to make this enjoying and a hell of a lot shorter than the Z32.

The Infini Kits are amazing. They are highly detailed and provide a lot of turned brass. I will provide more detail soon.

The build continued, I have attached the deck.



The next thing I did just so I could show the detail of the Infini kit was to build the depth charge rack.

So here are the turned brass depth charges



detached



The end caps for the depth charges



As you can see there is a little divot in the back side of the caps. If you leave enough of a nub on the end of each depth charge it help center the cap. needless to say I did not do this which is evident the final depth charges.

Here is the rack



Now here is the completed kit with the kit part as a comparison.





A little more work and it will be complete.

I hen began to work on the bridge.



and with some PE





Here is the depth charge rack dry fitted to the deck



Here is the bridge dry fitted





Well that is it for now. More to come this weekend along with the launch of the Shokaku build.

Hope everyone has a great week.

Dave
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 02:15 AM UTC
I'm interested!

Following along Dave
JJ1973
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 11:42 PM UTC
All right, the paint on your last ship is not completely dry and here we go with the next project on the shipyard!!

Interesting boat and an very interesting detail set, I am really curious how this Infini set is like - I bought their easy cutting board, and that'S pretty cool stuff and useful!

Of course I am in and following!! Looking forward to your build, Dave!

Cheers,
Jan
TRM5150
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 04:04 PM UTC
Looking forward to your little combined fleet build Dave! Fine choice too! Interesting PE set...I have not come across Infini as of yet! Be sure to share some thoughts once you crack into it! Couple more days til the campaign...very excited to get things underway here!!
rolltide31
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 06:28 AM UTC
Hey Everyone,

Now that the Dragon Z32 is complete and based on my plan to develop a dual ship diorama I have decided to build the IJN Destroyer Akigumo using Tamiya's 1/350 Kagero kit. The IJ Akigumo escorted Carrier Division 5 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. My Pearl Harbor build will be the IJN Aircraft Carrier Shokaku however I plan on combining both ships into a single diorama. So with that in mind I started the IJN Akigumo.

As I stated, I will be using the Tamiya 1/350 IJN Kagero kit.



along with the Infini Kagero Upgrade kit.



Initial look at the Infini kit revealed a high qualify kit. It comes with two sheets of etch and a ton of turned brass. I will be conducting a detailed review and posting to this site.

Well not to be deterred I already began. The kit comes with the option of a full hull or waterline. I can never seem to bring my self to building the waterline version, even if it means struggles with the seascape.

Here is the hull.



One thing that I thought was impressive is the hull stiffeners. They have the ability to be cut down if in fact the modeler decides to build the waterline version.

Anyway, here they are installed.



The next step was drilling out all of the portholes along the hull and gluing the sides on. The hull sides are split port and starboard. The fit was great and I had little trouble attaching them.



I have already moved on the deck but it is hidden under some clamps so pictures to follow.

Well I hope that everyone is interested. Comments, suggestion and criticism are always welcome.

Dave