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IJN Amatsukaze by Dan Vadas - FINISHED - Halinski - WW2 Japanese Destroyer - 1:200 scale - CARD and Brass

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More progress. I've made and fitted the Anchors. These required quite a bit of delicate cutting :

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The Depth Charge Rack was fairly straight-forward apart from the two small cranes :

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The Searchlight took me a full day to make, mostly due to the Bracket - gluing it together could only be done one section at a time. The first pic is of the parts needed for it :

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I also fitted a ladder, the RDF antenna and three railings around the searchlight :

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The AA Guns and the forward Torpedo Tubes were fitted next :

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Last I fitted two inclined Ladders and the railing to the aft end of the foredeck. It would have been a lot easier if I had painted the ladders before fitting them :

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And here's a Progress pic of where I'm up to. The funnel assembly has been permanently fitted :

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:cheers:  Danny

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Dan,

I could use a few on my plastic build ...  very meticulous work on that searchlight. Suddenly you are going fast with the super structure ... looking good. I added some glue on the rungs/steps of the ladders on my build, they tended to break of when I touched them again by accident - may be for a next time ....

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Long time ago we had a member named martanek. He did wonders with paper, and always used a tictac as a reference for size in his pictures.

With that search light, I missed the tictac, I'm afraid the thing is even smaller than I dare to imagine :)

 

Jan

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Thanks very much CDW, Pat, Carl and Jan.

 

9 hours ago, amateur said:

Long time ago we had a member named martanek. He did wonders with paper, and always used a tictac as a reference for size in his pictures.

With that search light, I missed the tictac, I'm afraid the thing is even smaller than I dare to imagine :)

 

Jan

Jan, it's a little bit smaller than a Tic-Tac ;). If I had one I'd put it up against it, but I keep eating them - I can't stop at one :D.

 

BTW - martanek is on the Paper Modellers site. He still has his Tac-Tacs (I'm sure they are plastic ;):D).

 

:cheers:  Danny

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1 hour ago, Dan Vad said:

Thanks very much CDW, Pat, Carl and Jan.

 

Jan, it's a little bit smaller than a Tic-Tac ;). If I had one I'd put it up against it, but I keep eating them - I can't stop at one :D.

 

:cheers:  Danny

Besides being a great modeler, your wife must think you have the sweetest breath in town.

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I've been putting off building the Main Mast until now, because I thought it would be one of the most difficult parts of the build. It turned out to be fairly easy :). CA glue was used for all the metal joints. I taped the legs of the mast to a block of MDF for stability while I glued all the other parts to themMain Mast (1).JPG

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This part (I don't know what it is, perhaps a "Crow's Nest"?) proved to be the hardest thing to make. There are 6 pieces to it, and it's a multi-angled shape :

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Now to spray paint the whole thing.

 

:cheers:  Danny

 

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Thanks Slog, Greg and CDW :).

 

Here's one of the smallest assemblies I've had to make, a Windlass. There are 15 tiny parts in it and it's only 4mm long :

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I'm not sure what the function of these parts is, it seems to be some kind of covered entryway. I made the actual units some time ago, and now it's time to fit them :

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It's also time to fit the Bridge :

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The last major sub-assembly to fit is the aft superstructure :

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A couple of overall progress pics with the major assemblies fitted. I'm leaving the last three turrets until later as there are a lot of small parts to be made and fitted around them first :

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:cheers:  Danny

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4 hours ago, cog said:

15 tiny parts in it and it's only 4mm long ...

can't see it on the ship :wacko: !!!!!!! where did you hide it. 15 parts on 4mm length .. you are definitely pullin' me leg!

Sorry Carl, here it is - at the tip of my (blunted) Xacto knife ;):D :

 

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:cheers:  Danny

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Thanks Carl and Pat. Yeah, I'm getting the hang of working with paper :). I now have the confidence to tackle the Bismarck, which I'll start in about another week or so when I've finished Amatsukaze :).

 

Here are a couple of pics of the fitted Main Mast :

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There is another large Winch on the aft deck. This one has 25 parts, but is quite a bit bigger than the Windlass. A pic of the Supports under construction, and another of the rest of the parts :

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The winch finished and fitted to the deck :

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:cheers:  Danny

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Thanks Kevin. Not in this lifetime I think :D.

 

I've been busy making and fitting some of the smaller deck pieces. Here's the Aft Deck at the moment :

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I have no idea what this structure is (something to do with the Anchor Chains?). This part of it consists a lot of small discs - I'm so glad I bought those punches :) :

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Most of the fore deck fittings in place, apart from those on the edges of the deck. I'll fit those after the Railings go on :

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Speaking of Railings - I've made a start. A bit of paint touch-up will be done when they are all on :

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:cheers:  Danny

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After this tropical cyclone passes, I have to order a precision hole punch set to begin my journey building my first card model. 

Your model has helped in a big way to provide inspiration to do that.

Beautiful work. Until recently, I would have never guessed that card models could look so great. 

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Thank you CDW. You'll find the Hole Punches to be very useful. I've got both the small ones and the large ones, and use them both a lot.

 

There are 16 Bollards to be made. The tubes are solid rolled, these took me nearly an hour to make - quite an improvement on the first few I tried :). Here's a few pics of how I handled these very small parts - note the double-sided tape and the moistened Q-tip I used to pick up the tiny tops and bottoms (the Hole Punches were a great help here) :

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There are two more Paravanes near the stern. I used a rounded dowel to help with gluing the ends :

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The paravane Cranes were part of the PE set I bought earlier :

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There are six Depth Charges held in housings in the stern. The ends of the housings were the smallest parts in the whole ship :

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Finally for now I fitted the Anchor Chains. There was no indication in the instructions about the size of the chain, but by counting the links in one of the pictures I came up with 27 links per inch :

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:cheers:  Danny

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Thank you for the kind comments Carl, Popeye, Nick and Pat. Always appreciated :).

 

All the Railings are now fitted. They turned out quite well despite being very fragile, and I'm very happy with the way they turned out :).

 

There was a slight problem on the Foredeck where the deck has a dip in the middle (it's supposed to be like that). Trying to fit a 2-rail railing in the dip is impossible without cutting one of the rails as it wants to bend in or out. Sort of like trying to bend a piece of planking sideways :

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The top rail cut and CA glued back together :

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A tip for drilling holes for railings. I CA glued a 0.3mm drill bit into a piece of 0.3mm ID tubing, and then glued that inside some 0.6mm ID (0.8mm OD) tubing. I left about 1mm of the drill bit protruding. This has two advantages. First, it strengthens the small bit enormously - I drilled about 150 holes and DIDN'T BREAK ONE :). Second, you can only drill to the depth of the protruding bit, so there is no sudden downward movement of the drill if you drill right through a deck - another major cause of drill breakage, and also possible damage to surrounding parts :

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Mounting the Motor Launches to their davits proved problematic, as they wanted to fly all over the workbench (and floor) at the slightest touch. To fix this I spent some time making a jig. This also helped a lot in getting the boats to sit at the right height and level :

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Rather than just using a piece of wire for the "tackle" I made up some doubled "line" and "blocks" from 0.2mm wire and 0.4mm ID tubing :

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One of the launches in the jig, almost ready to fit to the ship :

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And both launches fitted :

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:cheers:  Danny

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...and your almost finished!   that's amazing!   great idea with the davits.....but it must have been a little tough to line up the davits to the deck slots...wasn't it kinda flimsy?   fantastic job Danny........your more than ready to tackle the Bismark :imNotWorthy:    

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