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IJN anti-aircraft cruiser Isuzu 1944 1:350
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 05:50 PM UTC
Thomas, great work with the PE!

You're braver than I: Funnel railings are something I won't touch!
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 10:11 PM UTC
@Norman and Tim: There is nothing special about my etched skills - with a quality bending tool, some micro tweezers and magnifier glasses and little patience everyone can do this

@Russel: You are right my friend - funnel railings are also no more my favourite work anymore
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 01:02 PM UTC
What Tim and Norman & Russ said!.

Great work Thomas,

I do agree, etch is less daunting with the right tools, the other thing that helps is practice, planning is pretty useful too.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 01:02 AM UTC
Ok Boys, sorry for the delay but I was busy in Company and lazy at my hobby the last two weeks because of great weather. But I was able to finish one important build sequence: the complete aft mast. It wasn´t easy as there are just delicate parts to deal with and so the whole thing was therefore veery fragile - you shouldn´t have a cold when you assemble this one.

Flyhawk doesn´t make it easy for you either as the parts are not clearly marked in one single construction chapter. The prefabricated brass tube for the crane was too long and had to be shortened too. In the very beginning I did made the mistake to bend the box-shaped cabin mirror-inverted - the consequence is that the door is now left-alligned instead of right-alligned; but who cares?!


backside view - the tension of the crane cables need to be fixed later after painting


the sound locators were drilled open for a better look


The radar was a tough nut to install. The searchlight is from northstarmodels again


Now I need to calm down my poor shaky Hands with appropriate measures then we will continue with painting and fixing it at the ship

Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 02:30 AM UTC
Hi Thomas,

Very tidy work on the mast, etch look's excellent.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 06:55 AM UTC
Thomas,

That brass etch on the mast is so beautiful, it will be a shame to cover it up with grey!
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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:22 PM UTC
Thomas,

that's really excellent work!! As Tim remarks, almost sad to cover your fine PE with grey color...

Great progress and exceptional clean work!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 03:42 PM UTC
Very clean PE work Thomas!

Definitely worth a few
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 01:48 AM UTC
This is impressive. The mast, the AA guns, juts impressive. Im looking forward to see this one finished. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 04:58 PM UTC
Thomas,

I care..no not really. You are the PE king, your work on that mast is awesome. I would not want to attempt that build at all.

Again amazing work.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:21 AM UTC
Guys thank you all very much for your compliments - so I am the PE king now eh? too much honor - there are much more able mates out there than me. But this ship is really a good practice for small parts. I also look forward how everything is looking in the end with all guns installed and fully rigged

Thanks again to you all
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 01:15 AM UTC
Some small news from the PE king: started to build the bridge compartment. Sawed off some parts according to the manual which will later be replaced with PE-parts. Opened up all stairways and replaced the closed hatches with new etched opened up ones. The portholes were all drilled out. Dont worry about the seams - they will be treated soon with putty




Not sure if I should paint the bridge interior first or keep the roof off for later...
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 05:42 AM UTC

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Not sure if I should paint the bridge interior first or keep the roof off for later...



I'd paint it now - things get hard to reach as assembly goes forward! Were the grates on the bridge deck painted gray or left natural wood? Brown decks and a "varnished" wood wheel would be nice for a bit of visual interest...
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 09:16 PM UTC
Tim I agree with you,I will paint the cabin first before I continue with the upper part. But I don´t have any clue how to paint this interior. sidewalls white or gray - floor wooden or grey - any educated guess someone?

thanks in advance

Thomas
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 10:59 PM UTC
Thomas,

First off, amazing work. She is coming along splendidly.

Regarding the interior color, to the best of my knowledge the interior side walls were the same as the exterior. Floors were the same with the exception of areas where the linoleum was placed.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 12:42 AM UTC
David, thank you for the compliments and for your help. I also found a lonely interior picture of IJN Yukikaze´s bridge:

the lower sides seems like the outside color as you mentioned. The upper part may be white?! The floor Looks like wooden planks above the steel floor?! Would be nice to have some more interior pics - my bridge will look somewhot naked too without armatures and speaking tubes...
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Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:57 PM UTC
Nice photo of the Bridge Thomas,

That sort of detail always inspires me to add something extra.

Agree with Tim, far easier to paint then add the roof,

Have fun with the rest of the bridge Mate!

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 05:15 PM UTC
Ok I started to give the bridge interior a more busyer look than just the steering wheel and compass. I added some aperatures / gauges and tried to make some wiring with 0,2 mm lead wire with mixed results. I think it will better later to simulate more wiring with oil painting. I also added two voicepipes with bended thin Evergreen rods. I will add some more voicepipes later:


This is what you will see later if you have a glimpse inside


Although I did worked as precise as possible there was just a small mismatch between the etched bridge window frames and the compartment roof. I did fixed that with a small EVERGREEN sheet. Now it does fit perfectly



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Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 07:37 PM UTC
Thomas,

The bridge is looking great. Really like the additional detail you have added to liven her up.

I know in the past I have had some issue with the bridge roof, matter of fact I have had to sand down the bridge crews legs just to fit them in the bridge. Looks the part when everything is closed up thought.

Cant wait to see some more.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 12:14 AM UTC
Great job on the Bridge Thomas,

a touch of paint and that detail ill really pop.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 12:38 AM UTC
Thank you David and Simon!

Today I added the small parts of the wave breakers and/or armored splinter protection (can somebody teach me if I´m right here?) at the bridge´s front side. Here clean and exact work was necessary as this is the area most visitors look more closely at. I also added the frontal AA platform with all its small flat bars. Look way better than the kit ones






top view of the AA platform


view of the underside of the platform with all of its girders


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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 12:44 AM UTC

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Today I added the small parts of the wave breakers and/or armored splinter protection (can somebody teach me if I´m right here?) at the bridge´s front side.


Thomas,

I believe these were wind deflectors to channel the horizontal breezes from the ship's forward motion up vertically past rather than directly into the bridge widows. You can also see similar deflectors in the open level above the bridge to spare the lookouts there.

Great work on the etch - it just gets better and better!
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 12:50 AM UTC
Tim thank you for your quick response - so they are wind deflectors; this makes absolutely sense. Me landlubber of course never heard before of this
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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 02:08 AM UTC
super crisp PE work Thomas. Very nice
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 04:43 PM UTC
I decided to play around with some PE at the bridge tower bevor I will paint the interior. First I placed some stairways


Then I added the ammo lockers at the foremost AA-platform and did the Type 21 "Matress"-radar on top of the bridge´s roof


I placed all that tiny observation platforms, compartments and antennas around the bridge. Just a few railings are missing now then I can load the airbrush gun




Thats it for today