I should warn everybody that just because the PE deck is a kit in its own right, it does NOT free up the workload. This is because it doesn't fit on to the hull without some modifications to the front and back of the hangar deck for the girders to clear. For that matter, the front and rear deck supports will also have to be tweaked. Always DRY FIT!
Also, the PE deck is missing some very key aspects of the real deck. Particularly the small side aprons, shown here (note the extra detail the PE deck has over the plastic one, which isn't bad as plastic goes):
Some surgery will have to be done to remove them from the plastic deck. Here is the deck with the parts circled, cut off, and cleaned up for mounting to the PE deck.
Here are the aprons attached from the underside of the PE deck, and detail shots from the topside.
More of the hull has been completed with AA platforms, etc. Weld lines have been added to the hull by way of small width tape...
With the PE deck dry fit, we can see the Hiryu taking form.
Here's a shot of the deck supports interacting with the PE girders.
That's it for this month. Once the hull is painted and set up, I can finish the water tutorial... Enjoy!