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1/350 FINE MOLDs IJN AYANAMI
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 06:18 AM UTC
Dave,

very nice progress - I really like your fully equipped bride and the sea chart on the table, that's a very nice touch!!
And fantastic work on the twin 13mm - I have to say the molded plastic part really does not look bad at all, but the improvement you get with the Infini PE is huge!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 06:14 PM UTC
Really impressed with what you have done so far....Cheers mark
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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 12:50 PM UTC
Si,

Thanks - as you said, they are not that difficult to put together other than they are pretty small. Infini did a good job laying out the design.

Interested to see if I can get one of the FUJIMI figures into the seat

Dave
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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 10:38 PM UTC
Those 13mm look a bit tasty Dave,

The kit parts aren't at all bad, but the replacements outshine them, they don't look to bad to put together either.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 04:43 AM UTC
Mark, Thanks Going to get them primed and painted today, hope to mount them tomorrow.

Knocking out all the remaining fiddly parts today The end is in site!!

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 01:12 PM UTC
David,

Nice work with 13mm gun, a lot of assembly but the end results have to be worth it. They will look really nice when you get them mounted on the decks.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 09:49 AM UTC
Russell - thanks - I quite agree that they are a huge improvement. I have to admit that I am a big fan of Infini, their upgrade kits are pretty amazing.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 08:58 AM UTC
Happy thanksgiving Dave and to all our American friends!

Brilliant work on the 13mm guns mate. A vast improvement over the kit parts!
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 06:20 AM UTC
Mark - Thanks

Si - Thanks, your right. I wish more of the makers would add bridging equipment. I know its not going to be seen but it enhances the experience of the build, at least for me.

Russell - thanks

Tim - Thanks - I agree, its the parts and details you don't see that enhances the build. I like to try and get as accurate as I can.


I really appreciate the comments gents, really gives me a boost of confidence.


Even though it is Turkey day here in the states I did get some bench time before the family woke up this morning. It was quite productive.

So the IJN Destroyer Ayanami did not receive any AA upgrades prior to he being sunk during the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. That being said she was armed with 13mm AA guns instead of the standard 25mm twin / triple that we are all used to seeing.

The kit 13mm's were lacking so I ordered a set of the Infini Models 13mm AA guns.


They come packed in the standard Infini Models plastic box.





Comes with two bags of turned brass, the barrels and the pintles, and one sheet of PE.



As always, nicely packaged.

So here is when the adventure began

I started with the gun main bodies. Pretty simple bends





The next step was adding the barrels





Here they are with both complete



The next step was the gunners position and machine gun sights



Here they are built up



I didn't add the gunners seat or the gun magazines until after I finished each gun.

The next step was the pintle mount



All the sub components built and ready for assembly



Now for the reveal.

Here is the Infini set compared to the kit parts







A definite improvement over the kit. Now to prime them and paint them.

Well that's it for now. Ill have some more updates soon.

thanks for stopping by and as always, comments, suggestions and criticism are always welcome and encouraged.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

Dave



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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 03:37 AM UTC
Kudos for the map! It is gratifying to see that I'm not the only modeler who likes to add cool details no one will ever see on the completed model. Well done!

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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 11:27 PM UTC
Now that's a tiny map! Nice touch Dave!
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 08:17 PM UTC
Hi Dave,

Fully fitted bridge looks great, it is good when you get a lot of the gear in the box.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 01:30 PM UTC
Dave,

Adding the map was a wonderful idea.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 08:00 AM UTC
Hey all,

Just realized that I made mention of the chart in the bridge but didn't upload the pictures.

Here is the bridge fully manned and equipped.





The white sheet in the middle is the nautical chart for the Savo Island area. Thought it was a nice touch.

Anyway, the figures are a combination of FUJIMI and North Star. In both cases I had to cut them off at the knee to fit into the bridge. Good thing that fact will be shielded once the roof is on.

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 07:57 AM UTC
Russell - Thanks, I am trying to get this complete for a club competition in December. Hoping to have it done.

Si, thanks The kit come with most of the parts - the white sheet in the center is actually a photo copy of a nautical chart depicting the area around Savo Island.

Mark - crap!! I wasn't aware of which side the colors went on, now that you lay it out it makes sense, especially since the lights are that arrangement. I am going to try and turn it around without destroying the part. I glued it on with superglue so I might be able to do it.

Thanks Mark for letting me know, really appreciate it.

More updates will come this weekend.

Dave

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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:52 PM UTC
David,

The bridge looks great, nice detail but I believe I see a problem with the Binnacle. I am not sure what they are called but the red and green colors on the balls next to the compass are on the wrong ball. Green is for starboard, red for port. I believe they should be reversed. Could the Binnacle be installed backward?

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 07:38 PM UTC
The Bridge looks great Dave,

Very nicely done.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 03:09 PM UTC
nice work on the bridge Dave.

You sure are moving a lot faster than I
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 04:41 AM UTC
Thanks Charlie!!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 03:38 AM UTC
Excellent detail work!!

Keep it up!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 02:53 AM UTC
Russell, thanks - thankfully I have a good set of calipers that allows me to make accurate measurements. It is a tedious task but after I got the process down it went pretty quick.

I am trying to move as fast as I can. The bridge has been equipped and the crew has started to man their stations.





Still working out how to apply the cloth material around the railings. Will sort that out soon enough.

Working on the remaining parts and pieces for the bridge and should have something soon.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 09:32 PM UTC
Masterful work Dave!

those brass strips are a real tricky part of the build and they look great!
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 04:13 AM UTC
Hey all,

A short little update.

I finally finished applying the brass strip. Most of the Kagero brass didn't work so I used the North Star brass strip PE that I had left over from the IJN Maya build.



I'm pretty happy with the results.

I also completed the last two torpedo mounts. They are primed and painted.

Here she is with everything dry fitted



I am going to build the main guns last, so now I am moving on to touch ups, fiddly parts and the water base.

More updates to come soon.

thanks for stopping in

Dave
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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 08:15 AM UTC
Thanks Russell. I am going to make some modifications to it today and clean up some of my mistakes.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 08:53 PM UTC
Wow Dave!

Really nice progress! The water base and torpedoes look great!