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Old 11-13-2008, 07:28 PM
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IJN Isuzu 1:200 - Answer

After the tank I just finished, I'm in the mood for a ship. I've decided on the Isuzu from Answer.

Interesting, I'm reading some of the Isuzu history and she was part of the invasion of Hong Kong. I lived there for a number of years 20 or so years ago and my wife grew up there. (Time has really flown, seems like yesterday). She tells stories sometimes of playing in old Japanese forts as a kid and she and her brother even found some old ammunition. And then later Isuzu was attacked by planes from CV-16 Lexington which we just visited down in Corpus Christi. I really like it when the history of my models connects up with places I've been.

Anyhow, from what I can tell, the model depicts the ship as an anti-aircraft cruiser in 1944-45.

The kit has 8 pages of card parts and 2 pages of thin paper parts. There are also 4 pages of drawings and a 2-view on the inside cover. It will end up bigger than anything I've made at 81 cm.

This is my first 1:200th ship and also my first full hull. I'm hoping I can do a good job - we'll see. I also don't want to use any laser cut or photo etch if possible, but if the tiny parts get looking too clunky I may end up going with that.

Please feel free to give tips and pointers! I learn a lot by posting my builds in progress here.
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:54 AM
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I'd be looking forward to this build! I've yet to build my own full hull so I have a lot to learn from here too
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:01 PM
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I finally have a bit of progress to report. I got the frames cut out and put together and it's going to be pretty big! I'll have to sand it down and then it looks like next step is more lamination with the decks.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:09 AM
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This cruiser is very unique. I'm look forward your build!

especially those naval guns : )
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:46 AM
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Looks good Jim!
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:06 PM
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Good start Jim... Hey, that looks pretty big. How long is that tip to tip? Looks like close to 30"...

This should be a fun one.
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:47 PM
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That looks good Jim!
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:32 PM
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That's a really good start. This is the part where the whole model will be off if it is done wrong, but yours is right, of course.
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:03 AM
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Based on the picture of your work area, you and I think alike in the glue department. I have the same collection of adhesives that you do as far as I can tell.
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:44 AM
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Thanks guys! That cracks me up Willygoat - isn't it funny how glue collections grow? I do love my Aleenes!
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