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Old 03-17-2009, 06:05 PM
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A massively overconfident project

After taking the Comet and a 6-months rest (mainly learning other things), I've fixed my evil eyes on another subject. So I'm posting like last time to keep me reminded about the design so I don't slack off :D

It's a ship
It's a battleship
It's also an aircrarft carrier at the same time
Enough cues?

Correct, it's the Ise-class battleship, who has been known for their unusual experience and exceptional luck in WWII.

AFAIK the Ise class is the only class in the 12-high Japanese navy battlefleet which European publishers didn't publish any kit on. All I have seen was a Japanese design. (so I need to hurry before any commercial publishers get their hands on this :D)

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History-wise, the Ise class (Ise and Hyuga) were completed just after WWI, and was lying dormant for most of their career. Which means that by WWII they were hopelessly outdated. The ships participated in Pearl Harbor raid, and all was well until the disasterous Midway, when the high command decided they were suddenly lacking aircraft carriers. A simple solution was found to remove the rear turrets from the ship and replace with a huge flight deck. (The Fuso class were to follow suit, but didn't live to that day...) Thus the twins were out of action until the conversion completed in 1944, just in time to catch the (once again, disasterous) Leyte Gulf (Japanese achievements in this battle includes having Battleship Musashi becoming the largest submarine on Earth, Fuso and Yamashiro pounding to ruins with less that a dozen survivors, and all 4 Takao class heavycruisers sunk or beyond repair, to name a few.) The two aircraft carrying battleships fought fiercely to protect Japan's carrier decoy force. Surprisingly, all four carriers that day went on the underwater tour, but Ise and Hyuga came back in one piece. Then in early 1945 the twins set off to Singapore to transport war supplies to homeland, despite being a moving bomb with highly flammable fuel loaded on board, luck had it once again and the ships evaded over 20 submarine persuits and one massive air assault. In the end, Hyuga was sunk at moorings during air assault on 24 May that year, and Ise followed suit 4 days later.
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Model wise, the model is going to be a free 1/200 full hull vector design. The sheer scale means the design might last beyond one year, but hopefully it's worth the time. Screenshots will follow shortly :o
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:22 PM
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Go, Lex. Go, Lex. Can't wait to see this one....it will fill a definte hole in the model lineup.
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I totally agree with you. Ise and Hyuga have always fascinated me and I've wondered why they haven't drawn attention for models. Please post lots o' pictures!

Where have you found your plans and documentation?


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Old 03-17-2009, 07:38 PM
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Look forward to watching this one.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:14 PM
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Very Cool............ Lex if you can use my IJN carrier decks or if you think I can help just give a shout.

This should be very interesting and enjoyable to watch.........

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Thanks very much for taking this on, Lex. This is a huge hole in papermodeling and I'm positive you will fill it well. Ise!!!! 1:200th!!!

Don't have enough words here, but you made my day!
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Go Lex ! Go Lex !
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Please post plenty of design & build photos Lex. Looking forward to this.
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I wanted to build Ise so badly that learning you have fixed your evil eyes on that is really a stunning news!!!
I can't wait to see it too
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Excellent, can't wait to have it, but knowing you it will be worth waiting for! This is my favorite class of Japanese battleship, along with Fuso/Yamashiro.
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