The ship itself is finally finished! I did the last bit of rigging and made some Isolators at the wiring according to some pictures I have.
These are the final results:
Though it was not always easy, it was an joyful build for me. If you also had such a lot fun watching here as I had during build I am satisfied.
A small resumee about AOSHIMA´s base kit and FLYHAWK´s update set: The base kit is very nice - Aoshima already offer all other sister ships of this Kuma class ships. Isuzu have been much converted during the war - accordingly AOSHIMA give you a lot different sprues to make you able to build this ship. Fit was very good. At the downside there are some areas which left wrong for the Isuzu - I had to improvise at some spots with fake skyways or winches which should not be there but to fill the engraved floor areas. Oh and one thing I was missing very much was a sophisticated rigging plan as you Always get with HASEGAWA´s ship plans. This way you have to rely at different plans which differs from each other...
The Flyhawk set is very huge and very nice. There are really many useful and necessary improvements to the kit. The downside here are the not so clear instructions (just photos and not all parts are mentioned), the small 25 mm AA-guns have no turned Barrels - I think at this price there should be turned barrels inside - and I had to buy extra from elsewhere. I also tried to contakt Flyhawk and ask them about some parts where I had no idea where to place them but, regrettably, didn´t got any response at all until today.
Some areas still need improvement even after I used Flyhawks set: some 25 mm AA gun stands and their ammunition lockers are simply forgotten by AOSHIMA and Flyhawk also don´t mentioned them. You have to carefully study plans!
All Advantages and Disadvantages in short
+ good detail quality and good part fit
+ you will get a lot extra parts for the IJN spare parts box here
- Some areas/superstructures are not correct for the real ships
- No rigging plan
+ huge and necessary improvement for the base kit
+ many spare parts
- anyhow some parts are too less (small ammunition lockers
- unclear instructions
There is just one last chapter missing: A nice Display case: This will come very soon, too!