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Victoria, Australia
Joined: June 27, 2010
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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 03:38 PM UTC
Watching with interest Dave
Colorado, United States
Joined: June 22, 2018
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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 01:23 PM UTC
Yes, I understand that Tru Color paints are very good from an air brush, but not so hot for any hand painting or hand painting as a means of touch up.

That is exactly why I asked about what you intended to use. Sasebo seems to be safe in absence of other data. Sasabo is my least favorite of the big three yard colors, as it is the darkest. My favorite is Kure which falls somewhere in the middle, dark to light. Regardless of which is or is not my favorite though I try to get the best data available when choosing a color. Often though it seems like the only reliable data available is the builder's yard, which seems top be the case with Oboro.

Keep building and I will keep on following very closely
Texas, United States
Joined: June 27, 2010
KitMaker: 1,481 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 12:03 PM UTC

Thanks for stopping by.

Mark, I am going to leave the non-slip alone and just roll with what is molded.

Chuck, after finishing the Tamiya Kagero I am a little hooked on these destroyers myself, I have a few in the stash.

According to the Combined Fleet Table of Movement, the IJN Oboro was built and commissioned at Sasebo. I have not found any information about refits at any other location so I think I will paint her Sasebo grey. I am going to try and get some Tru-Color paints and try that line on this model. So far Tru-Color looks promising.

Colorado, United States
Joined: June 22, 2018
KitMaker: 275 posts
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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 03:06 PM UTC
David: I concur with Mark on the molded o area you mentioned. Leave it alone.

I will be following this build very carefully as I do with all destroyers which are my main interest.

It appears that it can also be built as a water lined model, and the construction of the hull is similar to the Tamiya Kagero.

I detest the expression "game changer" but if that ever applied to anything it would be the Fubuki Class of destroyers. They changed everyone's thinking world wide.

Are you using Sasabo Arsenal Gray as your paint?
Texas, United States
Joined: August 28, 2016
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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 02:33 PM UTC

Nice start. It is nice when the hull pieces fit together nicely without having to deal with a lot of gaps or seams.

As for the grating, it may not show up in photos but it should be visible to the naked eye, even at 1/350. Unless it is out of scale I would leave it alone.

Texas, United States
Joined: June 27, 2010
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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 10:52 AM UTC
Hey Everyone,

Since I am a glutton for punishment and since the IJN Akigumo is complete I decided that I didn't have enough to build with just the FUJIMI IJN Shokaku and the Very Fire USS Missouri so I decided to start the Fine Molds 1/350 IJN Destroyer Ayanami.

Ayanami (綾波 "Twilled Waves") [1] was the eleventh of twenty-four Fubuki-class destroyers, built for the Imperial Japanese Navy following World War I. When introduced into services, these ships were the most powerful destroyers in the world.[2] They served as first-line destroyers through the 1930s, and remained formidable weapons systems well into the Pacific War.

Ayanami's final mission, on November 1415, 1942, was that of the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. There, she was attached to a scouting force under the command of Rear Admiral Shintarō Hashimoto in the light cruiser Sendai. When American Admiral Willis A. Lee's Task Force 64 was spotted near Savo Island, Hashimoto took his ships clockwise around the island, but sent Ayanami alone in the opposite direction sweeping for enemy vessels. When Lee's ships were located, the order to attack was given, and as such, Ayanami became one of three prongs in the initial attack (Along with Hashimoto's group, and another group led by Rear Admiral Susumu Kimura in the light cruiser Nagara).

Ayanami was first sighted by the American destroyer USS Walke, but the light cruiser Nagara was located soon after and the four destroyers' attentions shifted to it. Torpedo and shellfire from Ayanami, Nagara, and Uranami sank two of the four destroyers (USS Preston and USS Walke), mortally wounded USS Benham (which was scuttled after the battle), and severely damaged USS Gwin, causing heavy American losses in the first phase of the battle.

Lee's USS Washington then sighted Ayanami and shelled her. The Japanese destroyer sustained critical damage and 27 of her crew were killed; she fired one shell, which missed Washington. Thirty surviving crew members including Commander Sakuma escaped in a boat to Guadalcanal; the remainder were taken off by Uranami. At the same time Washington crippled and sank the battleship Kirishima. Later in the night Uranami scuttled the abandoned Ayanami with a single torpedo, and she sank soon after 02:00. Her wreck remains at the bottom of Ironbottom Sound.

Name: Ayanami

Ordered: 1923 Fiscal Year

Builder: Fujinagata Shipyards

Yard number: Destroyer No. 45

Laid down: 20 January 1928

Launched: 5 October 1929

Commissioned: 30 April 1930

Struck: 15 December 1942

Fate: Sunk by gunfire from USS Washington, 15 November 1942

General characteristics

Class and type: Fubuki-class destroyer


1,750 long tons (1,780 t) standard
2,050 long tons (2,080 t) re-built


111.96 m (367.3 ft) pp
115.3 m (378 ft) waterline
118.41 m (388.5 ft) overall

Beam: 10.4 m (34 ft 1 in)

Draft: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)


4 Kampon type boilers
2 Kampon Type Ro geared turbines
2 shafts at 50,000 ihp (37,000 kW)

Speed: 38 knots (44 mph; 70 km/h)

Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)

Complement: 219


6 Type 3 127 mm 50 caliber naval guns (32)
up to 22 Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Guns
up to 10 13 mm AA guns
9 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes
36 depth charges

Service record


Second Sino-Japanese War
Battle of Malaya
Battle of Midway
Indian Ocean raid
Solomon Islands campaign

The intent behind this build is to create my first dynamic diorama. I intend to display the ship dodging shell fire and launching her torpedoes. It will be fun.

The Fine Mold kit comes packed with a lot of parts. Unfortunately there is no upgrade set for this kit so I figured I could use the Infini Upgrade kit for the IJN Kagero. I' pretty sure that I wont be able to use all of it but I think a good portion will work for this kit.

I also ordered the Kagero 3D book for the Fubuki Class Destroyer as a reference.

So with all that, here we go.

Here is the box art

The parts in the box

Fine Molds also left the keel (not sure the technical name) like Aoshima does for their kits. However Fine Molds provides tabs and slot and the fit is great.

After that came adding the upper hull supports and the first PE parts taken from a North Star IJN Water Tight Door sheet.

They are a little oversized for destroyer but will be difficult to see tucked underneath the forward decking.

The rest of the supports.

The upper hull came in two parts but fit like a glove.

So far the fit is amazing and I am pretty happy with it.

I do have a question for the group. The deck has the anti-slip pattern molded on, would it be prudent to remove this? Would it really be visible on a 1/350 scale ship?

Well as alluded to, the next step is working on the deck which will have to wait a bit until I get the Kagero Upgrade kit.

Anyway, that is the start of the build. I hope you like it.

As always, comments, suggestions and criticism are always welcome and encouraged.

thanks for stopping by.