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  1. ... well, I AM considering the wooden deck and PE parts for the Mikasa, which seems much more involved. However, another thing I will do differently is attach the PE details tot he hull and superstructure before painting it. Maybe I'll have more luck that way? Thanks very much!
  2. Well, I guess I didn't make enough entries for my first Build Log... sorry about that. I finished the Yukikaze superstructure without any added details (or drama!) choosing to paint the gun mounts a lighter colour (Tamiya XF-75 Kure Arsenal) just to get them to stand out a bit from the rest of the model. After applying a quick wash to them, I think the effect is fine. CE glue was very difficult to come to grips with. I suppose I worried that I wasn't using enough when applying the PE railings, but everything seems to be hanging on fairly well... if something went on a b
  3. Thanks very much! I am also assuming it'll be some of both as you say. I hope it's not necessary to shave down all deck textures from the plastic, as that'll take a lot more patience than I possess!
  4. Hi all; I'm planning my next attempt at ship modelling – the 1/350 Hasegawa Mikasa. https://www.hlj.com/1-350-scale-ijn-battleship-mikasa-120th-anniversary-of-launch-hsgsp470 After my initial foray into PE parts, I was interested in the wood deck that Hasegawa has available for this model, but had one major question... Will I simply apply it over the plastic deck on the model? Or do I have to ‘shave down’ the deck details in the plastic before applying? https://www.hlj.com/1-350-scale-ijn-mikasa-wood-deck-panel-hsgqg48 Any
  5. I am totally using your great work as a guide for rigging my own attempt at the Tamiya 1/350 Yukikaze this weekend! Thanks for taking it on first!!!😀
  6. Okay, here's some more progress... I drilled out wee little holes in the gun bases for the 12.7 cm Fine Molds PE barrels I bought... not a great picture (sorry) but I'm happy with the results. The metal is primed and ready to paint. I wasn't too happy with the fit of the turrets; they are molded in 4 pieces (top, sides and bottom) so, using my limited skills, I filled the spaces with Tamiya putty and sanded them down... after a quick layer of primer, I fixed a few more edges as best I could, and am ready to airbrush them. I've applied the superstructures for
  7. Admittedly, this is something I tried, along with my 'glue applicator' (which is a fancy plastic version of the toothpick, IMO) I certainly felt like Godzilla trying to use knitting needles!
  8. I'll head out to the local hobby store on the weekend and see if they have loopers!
  9. Hi all; So I'm new to CA glues, and found that my wee squeeze bottle from Tamiya dispenses a LOT more adhesive than I needed (now my Photo-etched 1/350 scale ladders have large blobs at the bottom of them!) Does anyone have good advice on techniques to dispense JUST the right amount of glue? I tried squirting some onto a tinfoil cup ad dipping my glue applicator into it, but it didn't seem to 'get enough' on the applicator. Any tips or tricks are most welcome. Thanks in advance!
  10. So here's a first update: I had a bit of trouble with the hull pieces – not a Tamiya problem, but a 'my clumsy fingers' problem. I had to work to get the waterline and hull sides to match up without noticeable seams, so I was sanding and touching it all up. So far, I have the hull pieces together, and some initial deck elements added; also, for the first time, I airbrushed a model! I masked off the 'linoleum deck' sections and am relatively satisfied with the results. After years of relying on spray cans, I realized how delicate an airbrush coating can be, repeatedly le
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