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Tamiya 1/350 IJN cruiser Chikuma
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 07:48 AM GMT+7
Here is a side project of my IJN Chikuma by Tamiya. I picked up this kit half off at my local hobby shop. This in turn helped me get hasegawa's general etch set for Japanese ships also half off. I also have eduards Chikuma set.this one is a side project in between the independence.
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 09:08 AM GMT+7
Norman,

Great start. I have that in the stash, looking forward to cracking it open one day.

How is the hasegawa general PE kit?

Dave
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:58 AM GMT+7
The hasegawa pe kit is really fine. Alot thinner than eduards, they have replacement boat chocks, the degausing cables, the brass strips for the linoleum deck (although I don't think there is enough for this cruiser.), Jackstays, doors, general ladders, and a couple radars. Overall it's a nice photo etch set. I'm sure there is reviews online as I feel I'm missing some items on the fret. Eduards is thicker PE than what I normally like but I'm going to go with it. Eduards is basic PE replacements such as cable reels and gun shields and ladders. Overall it's a decent set but I feel they could've done a little bit more as it didn't include boat chocks or the aircraft rails on the aft deck but it did have a replacement ramp. Decent set but you'll have to source other sets for more in-depth detail.
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 11:38 AM GMT+7
nice one Norman!

following with interest!
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 12:04 PM GMT+7
I just love the Japanese heavies,they have some great lines.
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 12:24 PM GMT+7
It's like they built their ships with elegant curves, like a beautiful lady gliding through the water. The IJN had some nice looking boats, but nice looking doesn't win wars.
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 02:27 PM GMT+7

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It's like they built their ships with elegant curves, like a beautiful lady gliding through the water. The IJN had some nice looking boats, but nice looking doesn't win wars.



Norman, I agree completely! Witness the Kriegsmarine Admiral Hipper class, the Italian Zara class, the Soviet Krivaks... beautiful ships all, but it ultimately comes down to weight of numbers.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 08:11 AM GMT+7
Hi Norman,

Great subject, have built one of these, great kit, usual excellent Tamiya engineering.

will be along for the ride.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 04:02 PM GMT+7
Very nice start, Norman!

I'm in and looking forward to your build!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 06:58 AM GMT+7
Norman,

Thanks for the run down on the PE kits. Will have to keep them in mind when I finally pull this kit out of the stash.

Will be hanging out and cheering you on!!

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 03:47 PM GMT+7
Here's an update, had some vehicle work keeping me from the bench. Replaced a transmission for a guy, finally got to get something done. Decks painted and screwed down. Also built up the torpedo deck. Needs a wash then I'll put the middle deck on. On to the pictures.
all comments and criticism welcome.
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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 05:32 AM GMT+7
Nice work on the Torpedo deck Norman.

following with interest.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 03:19 PM GMT+7
Small update, gun barbettes built. Also working on the funnel. Forgot to install internal baffles inside funnel halves so minor surgery required.




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Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 06:19 AM GMT+7
Nice work on the Barbettes Norman,

Good luck with the funnel, I did the same thing, fortunately I hadn't overdone the glue and managed to prize the top fare enough apart to get the grills in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 08:44 AM GMT+7
Thanks Si, I had to cut apart with a scalpel, then reglued and used a styrene rod as a filler, let it set overnight and now going to reshape with my small stick Sanders. These things are awesome for detail work or for tight spaces.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 09:38 AM GMT+7
Norm,

All is looking good. I like the barbettes, nice touch with the brass.

Also the torpedo deck looks good. I didn't know the IJN torpedoes were green. interesting.

looking good and cant wait to see some more progress.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 11:21 AM GMT+7
I exactly wasn't sure what color jap torpedos were. I looked and looked. I just went with something that would stand out underneath the deck since most details won't be seen.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM GMT+7
Norman,

Ahh, I completely understand. I didn't know if you had found a reference for that color. I run into the same issue and have always defaulted to silver with a black warhead.

thanks

Dave

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Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 08:49 AM GMT+7
Small update, working on the bridge section. I have to say I like the way Tamiya has engineered this part. Limited seams and the parts fit together like a glove.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 09:35 AM GMT+7
Looking very nice Norman!

Isn't the Tamiya engineering just great?
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Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 04:43 PM GMT+7
Yes Russell, Tamiya spoils me. When I work on other kits and have to sand or spend some time trying to get parts to fit I find myself asking "why cant this be a Tamiya kit". They just fall together.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 04:57 PM GMT+7
Another update here. More work on the bridge superstructure. The photo etch was a pain to bend properly. Eduards instructions are a bit vague here. They don't show clearly where the parts are supposed to go. I think I have it right but I could be wrong. Other than the etch the bridge is coming together. Next part is the bridge deck itself. on to the pictures.





I'm sorry for the quality of pics. I don't have a photo booth and all I have is my trusty phone. Any criticism and comments are welcome. Tips and tricks for easier building is appreciated too.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 08:11 PM GMT+7
Hi Norman,

The bridge structure is coming on very well indeed. When I built this lady, I was impressed by the engineering of such a complex shape,

Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:51 PM GMT+7
don't worry about the pics, Norman: Only the model matters

looking good by the way
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Posted: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 05:11 AM GMT+7
Thank you gentlemen. Si, yes the shape of the bridge and the way Tamiya engineered it is amazing. Perfect fit with minimal sanding.