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  • Birthday 04/16/1954

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    Tampa, Florida
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    Scale model building of all types; American and world history; science; religious studies; flight; grandchildren; travel; antique car and motorcycle restoration

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  1. Beautiful diorama! This reminds me of my best friend's alternator, starter, and generator shop. His family has owned and run the business for over 75 years here in our home town.
  2. That's a beauty, HOF! I have the slightly smaller 1:250 version Yamato from DeAgostini I never started. The Akagi, too.
  3. Since you asked, I had to count to see...182 holes drilled, broke 5 bits. So just a shade better than 1 bit per 36 holes. 😅
  4. I managed to break just five of the new drill bits I ordered while creating the portholes on one side of the hull. Half down, half more to go.
  5. Just to make sure I have ample references to build the Yamato, and later the Musashi, picked up a copy of AOTS for the two. Some good reading here besides all the plethora of photos and line drawings. This book makes me a believer.
  6. That self flagellation cult I joined called, 1:700 scale warship modelers, has a strangle hold on me. Hellllpppp!!! 🙂
  7. Here we go with the start of the build. As we examine the two halves of the hull, we notice it’s very well engraved but something is missing. It’s the portholes. With this kit, the photo etch sheet contains a dozen or more templates that align on each side of the hull to serve as a drill template for each and every porthole that was found on the 1945 version Yamato hull. This seems to be further indication that Pontos plans to do other versions of Yamato and probably Musashi later on. It didn’t take me long before I broke my .5mm drill bit, but Amazon to the rescue, I ordered a couple of dozen more and they should arrive in a couple of days. In the meantime I will drill the portholes with my .35mm hypo needles and open the holes when the .5mm bits arrive. Lots of portholes to drill.
  8. Oh yes, I can see that now from your photo. There's the net bag to catch the spent cartridges. Definitely manual loaded. Wow, that must have been a heck of a duty manning and loading those guns in combat back then.
  9. She's a beauty! In your research, have you learned if these ship guns were auto-loaded, or hand loaded? I am guessing they had a fairly high rate of fire and perhaps were auto-loaders.
  10. Are the canopies generally made by the same company who prints the model, or are they made by others?
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