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Old 07-02-2021, 04:39 PM
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My 1:1200 Japanese WW2 Shiratsuyu destroyer design, building

And now my 1:1200 cardstock paper Japanese WW2 Shiratsuyu class destroyers to accompany my Kirishima and (when built) Hiei.
Here is the first, as a test-build, before I do 5 companions.

That little depression between the stacks for the midships torpedo tubes is a nightmare: its walls and after deck are really pushing the hand-workable scale limit with the necessary inside cut. I believe that piece should be mounted before assembling the hull, because the gap from raising the deck aft of the conning tower up weakens the deck cross-section otherwise.
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Old 07-02-2021, 05:17 PM
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I've built 1/700 plastic models and 1/2400 metal game miniatures; so the 1/1200 size of these is imaginable, and I must admire any who build paper DDs in that size!
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Old 07-02-2021, 05:48 PM
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My 1:1800 Wichita :-)

I have a half-completed 1:1800 Wichita ... somewhere ... too. 1:1800 destroyers may not be do-able, unless the original design is VERY basic.

Wichita is available at that scale as a 3D model, of course, but I don't like it.
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Old 07-02-2021, 06:06 PM
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Microscopic, I can't see that small.
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Old 07-03-2021, 12:48 PM
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Cool

A microscopic ship. Cool.
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Old 07-04-2021, 12:24 PM
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Well, not yet microscopic for my 74 year old eyes, Big Mo.


And the construction of that depressed deck is progressing ... slowly and painstakingly. Photo ... next to the 1:300+ CAD prototype ... coming.
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Old 07-07-2021, 08:25 PM
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Well, not yet microscopic for my 74 year old eyes, Big Mo.


And the construction of that depressed deck is progressing ... slowly and painstakingly. Photo ... next to the 1:300+ CAD prototype ... coming.
I like seeing tiny models being built.
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:28 PM
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Hull, stacks, and bridge done - soon to finish!

SLOW progress, although the next 5 should be easier and faster now.
Note that my Scale Selector at the top of its plan does come out to 2.5 inches as it should for 1:1200.
The bigger - 1:300+ - model is the ModelCAD prototype I did about 10 years ago now! 😮
When I've finished the 1:1200 ... soon now ... I'll have the gun turrets on both.


Actually, the optimal scale paper model ship scale would be 1:900. I did my very first cardstock paper model ship design - a Sims class destroyer - at that scale, and it's big enough to see on the floor and a very workable scale for paper modeling. Maybe I can make an alternative array sized to A4/letter. One of the Kongos would fit on one too. An Essex class aircraft carrier would be more than that sheet size in length, though.
1:900 is big enough to see - like 1:700 - and an excellent floor scale, being smaller than the 1:700s.


(It's a real pity Europe doesn't have the American paper sizes. Legal size - 8.5x14 vs. letter's 8.5x11 - was ideal for paper model ship plans. I even brought over a couple reams to Norway, albeit as normal paper for a book of plans.) Staples is in Norway, but they wouldn't get a shipment of legal size for me.
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Old 07-12-2021, 07:03 PM
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Shiratsuyu 1200 Finished! and friends.

I'm amazed I could get so much of the prototype on the little 1200 (down on the right on my work surface).
It took A LOT of time. American destroyers are much simpler.
I cheated on the gun tubes both for Kirishima and Shiratsuyu: they are .025" and .020" plastic rod. (Cylindrical cardstock at 1:1200 is impossible, and lighter paper is too time-consuming.) Also the barbettes are 3 ply cardstock glued together, although that was too much. At 1:1200 2 ply is quite sufficient.

Indian Ocean opponents are my cardstock 1:1200 battleship Rodney, heavy cruiser Dorsetshire (sporting the ghastly and disastrous Mountbatten Pink), Hunt Type 1 escort destroyer sans guns, and ORP (J/K/N class) Piorun (which harried Bismarck in its final hours and is false shown blown up in the generally still excellent Sink the Bismarck film. I had my cardstock 1:1200 KGV/Prince of Wales, but unlike Nelson/Rodney that is readily/redundantly available in a plastic kit, although the gun sleeves are grossly oversize.)

And what ship are those 1:1200 and 1:1800! hulls in the lower right? Hmm?
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Old 07-12-2021, 10:29 PM
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Well, fingers and eyesight are working, congratulations!
Very convincing at that scale.
I use wire of different gauges.
I am always scavenging old electric and electronic equipment and telephone lines.
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