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IJN Battleship Mikasa by CDW - 1:200 scale - Plastic - Wave Models


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This has been an interesting and unique build to follow, I'm going to miss it.

 

I have known about the Mikasa for years, ever since reading "The Fleet That Had To Die" by Richard Hough as a teen. But you have made her more alive by seeing her come together in your build. Have you considered doing any of the Russian ships as companion pieces?  

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1 hour ago, CDW said:

That's the only other 1:200 pre dreadnoughts I have seen available.    

I saw the same thing. There are several 1/350 models that cover a number of Russian ships involved in the Russo-Japanese war made by Zvezda Models that even have PE and other stuff available, but like you say it seems like only paper in 1/200. 

You could go crazy and bash one of the paper models and use it as a pattern for a 1/200 wood or plastic model!:omg: :D 

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Thanks for the kind comment Cog, but she's not finished. 

Only meant to imply that the bow section was nearly finished. Still have quite a bit to do before I can call it finished.

I just ordered some IJN flags for it yesterday from a shop in England. Hope they are what I'm expecting or else I'll have to print some out with my ink jet printer.

 

 

 

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As I commented earlier, there are more things to be done to complete Mikasa.

Working on midship and stern areas, need to add the derricks for the ship boats mounted midship, midship railings, more secondary gun mounts. Then on the aft end, will add derricks and four more ship's boats, cable reels, then add all the torpedo net booms to the sides of the hull. Will add catwalks to both sides of hull, some scuppers to the deck, then a few more rigging items and the ensign staff. Then the aft railings. I've just about made my mind up to add the fancy boarding ladders. If I go this route, there will be no torpedo nets added, neither deployed or nor stowed. I am concerned to add deployed torpedo nets as it will make future handling or moving of the model very difficult without damaging it.

To be realistic, I probably have another 2 weeks of work to do at the pace I'm currently moving.

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look'in great :)    ....and who doesn't love hearing more guns?!?! :)  :)   a pedestal stand would have worked in your favor,  as far as the handling problem is concerned.........likely too late by now :(   I think the torpedo nets would dress her up much better.  first class build.........you've really done some good work here ;) 

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35 minutes ago, popeye the sailor said:

I think the torpedo nets would dress her up much better.   

I may still do a set of torpedo nets. I just don't care much for the photo etch ones included with the Pontos set. They seem to thick, heavy, and "clunky". Something maybe in a very light fabric with a weave that's not so tight...that can be stretched and tinted to look like real netting.

It almost needs to be similar to a fabric like hosiery is made from. I've seem other modelers use something similar and it looks very nice, much better than photo etch. 

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It's that public school education from my day being corrupted by the modern day math they are teaching my grand kids, (and I have to help them with at nights). 2 and a half inches does work out to about 40 feet. Still a big launch though. Almost a third longer than the living room of my house!

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My guess is, each oar is a two-man oar arrangement. If we used modern standards, a 40' launch would be good for 24 men, presuming the beam was approximately 8'. It measures about 1/2" on the model. If the launch was designed for 24 men, six oar locks on each side would be correct (2-men per oar).

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So I don't know too much about cameras and photography, but I've been thinking I would like to have a better setup for backdrop and lighting when I photograph my models. Looking through Amazon, I found this setup, and hoped some of you more experienced photographers out there could give my your opinion of this set:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HTLT8EG/?coliid=I6GEYPNG6G89G&colid=1T4TM1TOH7YS5&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

 

I know the backdrop probably exceeds the size of most ship models, but probably isn't too far off for 1:200 scale modern warships, and I would guess it would be better to have more backdrop than not enough. Thoughts?

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