Can't believe how neat and tidy you got all that PE. Also will be very interested in how you paint it when it's all done. I've only started on ships from my usual 1/35 armour and finding the tiny detailing to be a challenge. Any advice you can give will be appreciated.
Thank you very much for you comment. Have to admit that it was not an easy feat. Would believe that this is only my third ship? The Glencoe 1/232 USS Olympia was where I got my feet wet. Then I was brave or dumb enough to go for a 1/350th IJN Mogami. But, you know the saying, "practice makes perfect". While I wouldn't call my work perfect, I know that my skill has improved the more I try.
Regarding advice, in my opinion, having the right tools will help you go a long way. Here are some that I have in my tool box:
2) I have three sets of scalpel/blades handy (nos. 10, 11 & 15)
3) Black plastic acrylic sheet for use when working with photoetch. This makes it easy to see the part and will not dull the scalpel blade easily
4) Finest tweezers you can get
5) BluTac as extra hands to hold the parts
6) Photoetch bending tools (I have one from Mission Models and Tamiya)
7) Jeweler's jig, I find this indispensable especially when working with brass tubes for my mast.
8) CA glue and accelerator
9) Regular and thin versions of Gator glue
10) Watchmaker's pin oilers which I use to apply glue and accelerator
11) Lighter to clear the oilers of residue glue
12) Xuron photoetch scissors
These are what I remember from the top of my head.They make the assembly easy.
I will be painting these soon and hopefully I remember to take photos so I can share it here.
Again, thanks for your comment. Let me know if you need more inf on the tools I listed.