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IJN anti-aircraft cruiser Isuzu 1944 1:350
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 03:53 PM UTC
Very nice job with the brass strips Thomas, until I saw the market pen you had me fooled they were real etched strips you had used.

Great build,

cheers
Si
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 04:17 PM UTC
Then my operation was successful Simon
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:10 PM UTC
Very nice work, Thomas!!

I do know those kind of ending markers very well - you need patience and a steady hand, and if you're not really careful, they produce a big blob of paint where you don't need it at all...I messed up quite a few birthday/etc.-cards by trying to write some gold on them.

You did a fine job here and that looks really convincing!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:24 PM UTC
Dankeschön Jan! Blobs I had too but they were easily removed with fresh brown color
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 04:36 PM UTC
The brass strips look really good Thomas
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 06:47 PM UTC
Thomas,

She is coming along nicely. The brass strips really look the part. Looking forward to seeing more progress soon.

Dave
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Posted: Friday, March 16, 2018 - 12:53 AM UTC
I agree, the brass retaining strips are looking good so far!

I've always wondered what the IJN did with these things during the war... did they paint over them to dull them down from aerial observation, let them weather to a duller, less reflective state... or did they just ignore the danger and shine them up? It is hard to tell from surviving photographs.
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Posted: Friday, March 16, 2018 - 10:31 AM UTC
Hi Thomas
I agree with all those comments and I think what you did would certainly have been easier than removing the moulded on strips to replace with etch or masking for airbrushing. Best to step back and look at ghem from a viewing distance and see if the corrections are obvious and from your photos they are not. It looks like a great job.

Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 11:03 PM UTC
Update Time !!!

sorry for the delay but painting all the small deck structures was a tedious work and took me a lot time. I also discovered that These GUNZE colors are super for airbrushing but not so super for brush work as they are relatively thin and drying very fast even with their retarder. So I did have to paint some structures two times to get a plain surface. These are the results of my last two weeks evenings:

The ships bow superstructures painted in Maizuru gray


At the middle section you see there is a huge gap were the aft upper deck meets the middle part deck of the ship. After I glueing it I will insert an Evergreen strip and paint it that the gap should not be visible anymore hopefully


The aft section. I gave the upper deck a careful wash already.


Nearby I did finished a few small parts which needs to be painted later. The searchlights are from Northstarmodels. They are of much nicer detail than those ones of the kit.


This is the superstructure for the two triple flak guns between the 2nd and 3rd funnel. Aoshima´s superstructure in the kit is here completely wrong one but fortunately Flyhawk´s etched replacement have the right shape according to my plans. You need to have skilled fingers here...


This is the superstructure between the 1st and the 2nd funnel and Aoshima´s part is also wrong shaped here.


During building the two superstructures I had a burning desire to finish one of those triple flak guns. BIGBLUEBOY´s premium set is here very nice with its tiny turned barrels but also demanding to build because of its diminutive size and 10 parts for a complete triple gun. This one is clearly at the edge of my abilities - I had partially Problems to fix the parts despite my micro tweezers and magnifier lens. And I will need 11 of them altogether



Just for fun I compared the etched gun with the kit´s two part plastic one - what a difference eh? Don´t make a mistake now and tell me the wrong one which is nicer


Thats it for today
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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 11:25 PM UTC
Very nice etch work Thomas.

The triple AA mount is really something, good luck with the other 11.

Looking forward to further progress.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 12:13 AM UTC
Thomas,

Excellent PE work. That superstructure assembly must have taken a lot of planning and time to assemble. My hat is off to you.
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 03:26 AM UTC

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Just for fun I compared the etched gun with the kit´s two part plastic one - what a difference eh? Don´t make a mistake now and tell me the wrong one which is nicer




Wow, Thomas, what a difference!

Fun once, perhaps, but ELEVEN...!

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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 11:13 AM UTC
Very nice Thomas!
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 03:41 PM UTC
Super fine etch work Thomas!
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 09:38 PM UTC
Thomas,

Amazing work. The PE triple AA Guns are amazing. I know how fun they are to put together but they just cant be beat.

Cant wait to see some more.

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 11:42 AM UTC
The small parts battle continues - I painted the wooden platforms around the three twin 12.7 cm/40 Type 89 naval guns (thanks again Tim for the hint as AOSHIMA didn´t mentioned it in its painting instructions...)


some already assembled small parts and two superstructures were spraypainted in Maizuru gray


the japanese lady is beginning to take shape: funnel Nr. 1 and the two recently spraypainted (not yet oilwashed) superstructures are testfitted


the first aft cable reels are painted and installed


the huge gap between the middle deck section and the after upper deck was covered with an appropriate Evergreen Strip painted in brass. No gap is visible anymore


some more small parts have been installed throughout the deck and everything got a careful black wash and drypainting with light grey oilcolor


I think I will tackle now funnels number 2 and 3
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 12:30 PM UTC
I couldn´t resist it and did installed the two first finished AA-guns onto the ships finished stern emplacements. very fragile but Looking very impressing now




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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 02:12 PM UTC
Looking great Thomas, the 127mm gun platforms look the business, especially with the gun in place.

Following along with interest,

Si
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 07:45 PM UTC
Thomas,

Amazing work and amazing detail. I always wanted to ad this ship to the stash but have been unable to acquire one without going broke. Really following with interest.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, April 02, 2018 - 03:45 AM UTC
Looks amazing, I almost pulled the trigger on this kit. Wish the model companies would build more IJN cruisers.
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Posted: Monday, April 02, 2018 - 05:12 PM UTC
Coming along very nicely Thomas
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Posted: Monday, April 02, 2018 - 06:01 PM UTC
Fine work, Thomas - those weapons really POP!
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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 07:23 PM UTC
Time for my weekly update again: This time there was a lot patience needed as there were a lot small parts to glue.

First I fixed all the waterbombs with their edged endwalls and the waterbomb rack onto my sticky tape for better painting.


I also started the rearmost lifeboat. There is not much to do with this one


Then there was no excuse anymore for the main work - the funnels number 2 and 3. And they gave me a hard time...


The other side - never ever sneeze here!!!


Quickly painted them and all glued at their positions. Looks nice now, eh? Regrettably the carpet monster sucked one of These tiny etched funnel things in as you can see from the rightmost funnel. Have to look if there is a spare one...


The searchlight from Northstar is so much better then the kit´s one. Now it sits in place at its platform


The waterbomb racks are positioned too. Just the waterbombs itself have to be installed now


Not sure if I will tackle with the aft main mast or the bridge superstructure next
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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 09:37 PM UTC
Your skill with photo etch is amazing. Keep the updates coming.
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 06:36 AM UTC

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Your skill with photo etch is amazing. Keep the updates coming.



Agreed! Super work, Thomas. I especially like the closeup detail photos showing exactly what you are doing.