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Akagi "Three Flight Deck" 1/700
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 12:40 AM UTC
Wow, Mark, she's looking great! I just love that goofy little island structure. Now for those airplanes!
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 10:57 PM UTC
Amazing work Mark!

Hat's off to you! 1/700 is way too small for my fumble fingers!

Good luck with the decals on the airwing!
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 01:42 PM UTC
Well this kit is finished, there isn't anything more to add to it except for the air wing. After the last post I realized that there are 11 decals per plane, not nine so I have to confess I been putting it off until the end.

I finished adding all of the odds and ends, worked a little more on the water, installed the railings, antennas / wires and finished up with weathering and pin wash. I just have to add the flag and the air wing.





The weathering was done with artist oils of black, white, burnt umber, blue, blue/black with 15 parts of turpentine to each color. Several random brushing of each color.




The arrestor cables were aftermarket, I believe Eduards.



The next posting should be with the air wing on the flight decks. Only a couple of hundred 1/700 decals to go. Until the next post.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:09 AM UTC

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Great water effects and setting. I have always secretly wanted to try this but haven't had the courage to take the plunge. Looking forward to seeing the airwing in place.

cheers
Michael



Thanks Michael, I still have more to do with the base. Making slow progress on the airwing but I will get there.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 06:13 PM UTC
Great water effects and setting. I have always secretly wanted to try this but haven't had the courage to take the plunge. Looking forward to seeing the airwing in place.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 01:15 PM UTC
Everyone,

Mounted the hull to the base and then cemented the deck to the hull.



First time doing a water base so this will be an experiment in trial and error.









There are some touch ups to be made, railings to add and some odds and ends to attach. My goal is to finish her by the end of the month.

Until next post.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 12:38 PM UTC
Russell, Thank you.

Tim, I believe I can do a few photos.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 09:45 AM UTC
This looks amazing Mark

Only 54 planes!?!?! WOW!

You can do it!
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 02:41 AM UTC
She's looking really good, Mark! Akagi was at any time an unusual looking ship, but that three flight deck configuration was her weirdest look of all! It certainly underscores how committed the Japanese were to naval innovation in the 1920s and 30s!

I look forward to seeing all those tiny aircraft come together. Can you post a few close-ups of them as you proceed? I'm very much enjoying the quality of your work!
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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 10:29 AM UTC
Wow, I can't believe it been almost a month since my last post on this build. I have been busy as bee getting the ship ready, planes painted and creating the water base, my first one. Anyway enough of that here are a few progress photos.

Portside and starboard side sitting on the base.





Here is a top down shot with 5 torpedo planes with decals. Each plane requires 8 decals. I haven't put the decals on the tail, that will be tonight.



I had to be drunk or crazy when I order those additional planes. Only 49 more to go.



This is my first attempt at making a water base. Its been a big learning curve for me and has taken most of my time this past month. It is ready for me to mount the ship and then I will began to add the white caps, do some more blending and such.







Well back to the decals. Until the next post.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 05:53 PM UTC
the decks looks great Mark!
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:26 AM UTC
All,

Finished painting the 3 decks with a top coat of Future for protection. Next step is to cover the decks with masking tape so I can paint the metal parts grey.





Also been busy with prepping all of the other parts that make of this ship. Added PE doors, ladders and exhaust stack caps.



I finished painting these parts after I took this photo, so assembly should proceed quickly.

I haven't decided yet if I will use the PE flight deck supports or use the ones that came with the kit. TOM's model works PE is so flimsy that I am afraid I will bend them up sitting the decks in place. I guess a couple of test fittings will help me decide.

Until the next post.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:41 PM UTC
Thanks, Michael

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 07:49 PM UTC
The deck looks great Mark. Always interested to see new styles for painting. The aircraft are looking good too. I don't envy you in this scale but do appreciate the way you are dealing with.

cheers

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 02:47 PM UTC
Mark,

I appreciate this build. I thought about ordering and trying this kit a year or so ago but lost my nerve.

I am still a fan of 1/700. I Just need magnification!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 12:20 PM UTC

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Hi Mark,

I like your multi-tone approach to painting the wood flight deck; I've never had much luck with that technique myself, so I'm interested to watch your progress!



Thanks Tim,

I have one more set of strips to lay follow by three more coats of paint, clear coat and wash. First time I tried this on a 1/700 model. I am completely winging it.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:49 AM UTC
Hi Mark,

I like your multi-tone approach to painting the wood flight deck; I've never had much luck with that technique myself, so I'm interested to watch your progress!
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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 09:30 AM UTC
nice to see some colour going on Mark
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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 06:23 AM UTC
Looking great Mark.

Good luck with those decals, I am not a great fan of lots little decals.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 08:05 AM UTC
I have been making progress these pass few days.

I put a couple of coats of (Model Master) Kure Grey followed with a couple of coats of Future to protect the paint.



The bow and stern main decks have been painted and fitted on the hull.




Started painting the three flight decks. The first attempt was a total failure. The paint wouldn't stick to the decks and the paint would come off when I pulled the (test) tape off (I don't think I let the paint cure long enough). Remove the paint and re-primed (Vallejo White Primer) and let it sit for a couple of days. Then I added a random coats of Buff and Sandy Brown. Lay .4mm X 9mm strips of tape randomly on the decks put on a coat of (Vallejo Model Air)Mahagony paint and added more tape strips randomly.




Right after I took those photos I put on a layer of Medium Brown paint. I will let that sit for a full day and then add more random strips of tape. I have four more layers and colors to do, so this will take a week at least before I put the final coat of Future to protect it.

While I was waiting for the decks to dry I started on the air wing. They are all painted and have a layer of Future on them.





All they need are the decals which I plan on starting tomorrow. I hope all goes well because those decals are mighty tiny and I have big hands.

Until the next post.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 04:20 PM UTC
Hi Mark!

Very nice start, I'm in and following!

Well 1/700 IS small - all those tiny planes... Looks very promising though! I'm looking forward to follow your build!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 09:52 AM UTC

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Finished up my last AFV for the year today and will focus on ships until the end of the year.




I like the "cut of your jib" Mark

Looking very good.

Can't believe how small those planes are: I'd go cross eyed trying to work on them!
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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 09:58 AM UTC
Finished up my last AFV for the year today and will focus on ships until the end of the year.

Here a couple of photos of where I am at.

The hull has been primed.



I also started on the air wings of fighters and torpedo bombers. I purchased additional aircraft because the kit only came with six fighters and torpedo bombers.



All of the aircraft are assembled and have their base color coat on them.

I don't have photos, but the decks are taped and ready for me to paint them. I am not adding an after market deck but spay paint them. Will post photos as the work progresses.

Until the next post.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 01:36 PM UTC

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I have to agree with what Michael said, Mark: PE in 1/700 makes me jittery to say the least

Following with interest!



Russell, Michael,

It makes me jittery also, but I am willing to give it a try.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 09:32 AM UTC
I have to agree with what Michael said, Mark: PE in 1/700 makes me jittery to say the least

Following with interest!