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1/350 Aoshima IJN Light Cruiser Tama - 1942
rolltide31
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 06:47 AM UTC
Russell - Thanks for the kind comment.s Those rails were very trying but in the end I think they worked out well enough.

Rory - I was trying for nonchalant, glad it worked but in all honesty I was shaking like a leaf. I have since knocked them off and had to reapply most of them a second - third time.

Si - Thank you sir

Mark - If you have met my wife and daughter then you would know I do have a lot of patience, not to the level of a saint but pretty damn close!! dont tell my wife I said that!!

Mark - Thank you, I am looking forward to finding some time for further work on roughing up the hull.

Matin - Thank you!!

No pictorial update this week as I have not made much progress. I did have to reattach several of the funnel railings on funnel #1 but have finally put that one to rest. I started funnel #2 and have found an issue with the length of the starboard side railings. unfortunately they are too long and bow up when applied. I finally destroyed one after I applied to much flame trying to remove CA. I had to order another PE set.

Have no fear though, I still have plenty more to work with while waiting for that sets arrival. The only thing I am short of at the moement is time to work on the bench.

That being said, I hope everyone is being safe and remain healthy as we progress throug the current siuation.

Take care and thanks for stopping in

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 05:20 AM UTC
Brilliant photo-etch work and overall great looking work.
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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 03:40 PM UTC
Dave that is some superb work and a great recovery job on the Hull also.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 05:49 AM UTC
David,

Amazing PE work. I would love to see how you put those railings around the funnels. You must have the patience of a saint.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 08:18 AM UTC
Great update Dave,

Lots of real progress, the etch work is top class.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, March 09, 2020 - 07:23 AM UTC

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The PE for the funnels is somewhat a challenge. PE added - two more funnels to go.



Somewhat of a challenge he says so nonchalantly...

Those would and do terrify me and you knocked them out perfectly. Kudos to you sir!
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 09:52 PM UTC
A massive update Dave, with major milestones achieved!

Those brass strips really are striking and the funnel looks brilliant!
rolltide31
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 06:18 AM UTC
Thomas,

Thanks. I have had to reattach a couple of them, hopefully a layer of primer and base coat will help them stay put while I mask for the camo scheme. Fingers crossed!!
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 05:28 AM UTC
Dave, it already looks amazing; your etched funnel guide lines are great - you did a very clean work there. They remind me of my EMDEN funnels. You really have to take care when you handle them; mine fell off many times and I was on the edge of madness sometimes...
rolltide31
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 02:47 AM UTC
Jan,

Thank you! It has been a fun build and it has tested my skills at every turn. As far as the torpedoes, still trying to piece that together but for now I have three tubes drilled out. Now to see what I do!!

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 02:46 AM UTC
Hey everyone,

As promised here is an update. Only one more deck to add the brass strip to but since that is the upped aft deck it will be a bit of time before I get to it.

For now I have moved on to adding more PE to the aft deck, primarily the sea mine rails. I have to admit that adding these rails have been some of the hardest PE work I ave done to date. They are long, flimsy and tightly packed into a small area.

Here is a photo of the rails



A total of 16.

Here they are mounted



No matter how much I tried I just could not get them to align correctly so there you ahve the wide gaps and different distances along the rails. I finally got to the pint that it is good enough.

I thought about cutting them in half but decided against it since I wasnt convinved I would cut them uniform and caus them to not align correctly.

Anyway, after that it was finally time to start attaching the deck permanently. Based on construction the frist deck was the forward torpedo deck.







What isnt shown is are the bulkhead supports. They are added now

The fit for the remaining decks was not so good. No matter how much I test fit I still had issue attaching the deck. Here are the clamps for the forward deck.





Forward deck without clamps





Next was the aft deck







I wanted to focus attention on the forward torpedo launchers so I decided that I would hang the curtains over the aft torpedo ports. I uses tissue paper painted with a lightened deck tan. I will weather them here shortly.



With that complete it was time for the mid deck.



The mid deck was a real pain in the cause it was molded at an angle so it took a bit of time to get it forced into the slots provided by the kit. It worked out in the end but the clamping was pretty time consuming.



While the dacks were drying I decided to move on to drilling out the second torpedo tubes. Instead of just one I drilled out both. Now to see what I do with that.



Here she is without the clamps



As I mentioned, the fit of the decks were not so great so I had to move on to Mr. Surfacer to fill in the gaps.



While that was curing I moved on to the funnels. I normally wait and do the funnels near the end but since these will have guide wires for support I wanted to get them mounted before adding to much to the deck.

Here are the kit parts for funnel #1.





Cleaned up and ready for the PE



Dry fitted to the deck



The PE for the funnels is somewhat a challenge. PE added - two more funnels to go.







Dry fitted to the deck



With the starboard forward torpedo launcher and catwalk added



Here is the PE catwalk and the kit molded catwalk - the PE catwalk looks much better



Since I was short on time I decided not to start working with paint to touch up and weather the hull, that will come next weekend. So I started on funnel #2. Here it is dry fitted to the deck.





One thing about the rainbow brass strip is the alignment. That rear platform does not sit well on the deck since it is a bit too wide to slip into the space provided. The brass strip gets in the way so I will need to thin the lower portion to get a good seat. If I had thought about it a head of time I would have left the rails down until after mounting it to the deck. I will do that for the second one which will go between funnel #1 and Funnel #2.

Next weekend will be focused on weathering the hull and touching up the bad paint areas. I am looking forward to using some of MIG products for weathering. The intoent is to weather the Tama as the famous photpo, lets see if I can do it!!

Anyway, thats it for now, thanks for stopping in and as always comments, suggestions and criticism are always welcome.



JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 02:26 AM UTC
Dave,

now that's really an impressive update, from mid-February. Great stuff, excellent PE work, the decks with brass stripes and the hatches look outstanding. And interesting to see what you are doing to the torpedo tubes!

Fine work, looking forward to more!

Cheers
Jan
rolltide31
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 02:16 AM UTC
Mark - Thank you, there is a lot more PE to go down!!

Si - Amazingly enough Rainbow did a good job with the brass strip. I was worried that I would deform it but it held pretty well. The process of laying it down worked really well. I will use that method from now on. Now just I just need to lay a coat of glass on top and see if the excess CA disappears.

Thomas - Thank you!!

Russell - Thank you, not sure about soft hands but I have defiantely moved a lot slower than I normally do.

Timothy - Thank you. I am enjoying this build and learning a lot that I can use in the future.

Tim - Thanks. I have to admit that Rainbow did a great job. Wish they would do the same for some of the other Cruiser kits that are out there. The complete brass strip makes it a lot easier and more comprehensive that just brass strips from Flhawk or North Star.

I ave always wondered the same regarding the brass strip but have not been able to find any supporting documentation indicating that it was painted over or allowed to dull. It would seem counter productive to keep it gleaming.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and for your support. A large update is in the works.

Dave
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Posted: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 05:28 PM UTC
I agree, great work on all that etched brass, especially on the linoleum decks!

It has always struck me as strange that the IJN would bother to camouflage paint their ships but left all that shiny brass exposed on deck (those linoleum deck cap strips) to glisten in the sun for any would-be attackers from the air. I wonder if it was buffed up, painted over, or simply allowed to weather down to dull gold...
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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 05:27 AM UTC
Great work on all that PE! The doors, hatches, and ladder rungs will really make this vessel "pop"!

Tim
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 09:02 AM UTC
nice work Dave. That's some soft hands you've got there to handle the PE so nicely
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 07:58 AM UTC

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Great stuff Dave,

Those big sections of brass strip must have been real fun to handle, they look so easy to put out of shape.

Like your method getting them in place, rather ingenious.

Cheers

Si



I absolutely concur with Si
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 05:13 AM UTC
Great stuff Dave,

Those big sections of brass strip must have been real fun to handle, they look so easy to put out of shape.

Like your method getting them in place, rather ingenious.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 02:40 PM UTC
David,

Man that is a lot of PE you have put down, it all looks really great.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 08:53 AM UTC
Thomas - Thank you

I cut thin strips of Tamiya masking tape and secured the brass strip to the deck. Once that was done I uses a sewing needle with the eye cut open as a ca applicator. I ran the applicator along all brass strip that did not have tape touching it.

Below are some pictures.





I followed a systematic approach to applying the CA. I started with outside frame of the brass strip Once that was done I moved to the brass strip that ran from port to starboard and finally to the brass strip that runs from bow to stern. That way I did not miss anything.

So far that has been enough and I have not needed to go back and touch any of the brass strip that was taped.

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 08:08 AM UTC
Great work so far, I admire how seemingly easily you attached the etched linoleum brass strips to the kit. I would have tried to glue it with superglue and a toothstick but until you applied the glue everywhere it is already dry again before you will have a chance to fix it onto the deck.

May I ask you how you did it?

Great idea and Job also with the torpedo tube
rolltide31
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 06:22 AM UTC
Hey everyone,

I apologzie for the delayed update but all good things come to those that wait. So I forwarn you, this update is a little long.

Now that the hull paint issue has been resolved it the next step was moving towards the decks. The Tama is all linoleum decking which was secured with brass strips. Luckily Rainbow provides an excellant PE set for the decking.

oh, before that here is one of the aft aircraft handling facility walls with upgraded PE doors.



The frist deck step was the for deck. It needed new bollards so I used Alliance Modelworks Bollards for IJN Cruisers. I also added hawse pipe covers to complete the ensamble.





The forward deck came in two parts, unforatunately there was a significant gap so putty was added.



OK so now that those steps were complete it was time to paint.

NOTE - I should develop the process of completing all parts needing the same color paint before painting but I get to anxious!! Oh well.

Forward and linoleum decking painted and the brass strip ready to attach.



Brass strip secure



Closed hatch covers added and one open!!







The open hatch was a little fiddly as it is a little too long and too thing for the brass strip set. A lottle CA covered the gaps.

The remaining boxes added and ready for paint.



Now to some more walls and PE watertight doors.



Next was the stern deck and mid ship torpedo deck. Here both the kit and the Rainbow PE set fail. There is no detail what so ever so instead of trying to fiddle with that I plan on covering the torpedo openings with canvas.

the stern deck with the brass strip



Dry fitted and secure





There will be a lot of masking to get the brass painted grey - not looking forward to that but even before that I need to add the rails for the mine tracks.

Dry fitted the forward deck and the forward torpedo deck just for the look.



Now for some orogami - this will be the walkway and torpedo handling equipment that connect the foward deck with the mid deck.



Orogami complete



As I am known to do I strayed a little and took a look at the torpedo mounts for the forward torpedo deck. The IJN Tama was equipped with 4 twin 53cm torpedo tubes. I want to depict the crew working on one of the torpedoes - either loading it or conducting maintenance on the warhead.

In pursuit of that idea i decided to work on the torpedo tubes.

Here is the kit torpedo tube part





pretty bland.

The Rainbow set womes with some hand wheels but taking it a step further I decided to show one of the torpedo tubes open. So I removed the rear access hatch and drilled out the torpedo tube.





Need to thin out the aft end of the tube some more but you get the idea. This is just the start, I have two extra sets in case I make a mistake - the true reason I am adding canvass to the read torpedo hull openings!!!

OK, so now back on track and here is the mid deck painted and with the brass strip ready for mounting.



Now with the brass strip secure.



You might no be able to see it but unforatunately the brass strip PE does not align correctly with all the boat davit sopts. Not a big deal as that area will need to be painted grey so it gives me a chance to fix the problem without causing too much damage or need to repaint the linoleum decking. More to come on that challenge.

Well here is the last photo, all decks dry fitted and the Tama sitting along the supports for the Shokaku - gives perspective on the size of the Shokaku!!



Anyway, thats it for now, I am back on days so my bench time has been reduced back to Saturday and Sunday mornings so progress will slow. The next step is to work the stern and mid deck for painting. Hope to have that soon.

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

Dave







rolltide31
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 05:54 AM UTC
Russell - thanks, I an going to weather the Tama pretty heavily so the overspray should work its self out. The Shokaku is going to get some more love soon. Just need to take a break and figure out the next move.

Mark - Thanks, the Rainbow PE is pretty easy to work with. The only draw back are the gaps in the metal on the corners. Needs CA to fill them before painting. A lesson Learned.

Rory - Thanks!!

Si - Thanks - pretty happy with the camo as it stands, now to make it look weathered!!

Jan - Thanks - I was pretty disappointed but determined not to let it beat me.

Thanks everyone for looking in - a big update is to follow!!

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 06:54 AM UTC
Dave,

just catching up and reading about your mishap with the paint. Wow, that's bad, could have easily killed motivation! But it's great to see that you didn't loose it but recovered, and as everybody said, you did so very well. She looks awesome now, great work!!

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 09:39 AM UTC
What Russ, Mark & Rory Said.

Looking really good Dave, the Camo has come out very well indeed.

Cheers

Si