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Tamiya 1/350 IJN cruiser Chikuma
rolltide31
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Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:09 PM UTC
Norman,

She is coming along nicely. Tamiya does indeed put some thought and fine engineering into their mold development.

Dave
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Posted: Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 09:22 AM UTC
Update here, found some time to sit down and get a little done. Mostly working on finishing the funnel. Also I'll have some instruction issues for those that choose to use eduards photo etch set on this beautiful lady. So on with the pictures.




Ok here's the instruction info. So part R4 (circled) is the part in question. This isn't Tamiya's fault. Eduard will lead you wrong.

Now here's eduards instructions for the bridge.

Now Eduard will have you install the photo etch window without part R4 from the kit parts. Eduard is wrong and you do need part R4. You have to trim off the locating tab for the clear window part supplied in the kit. If you don't use part R4 then the roof of the bridge won't be able to sit flush with the top of the bridge windows eduard supplies. The bridge windows will be too low. Hope this helps future builders of this kit. Eduard makes a good set and the small parts are amazingly made very well. This set isn't for beginners. Lots of small fiddly parts to play with. Thanks for stopping in and as always comments and criticism (or mistakes) are greatly appreciated. Only way to learn is to make mistakes. Thanks
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Posted: Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 06:14 PM UTC
Nice work on those PE details
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 05:14 AM UTC
Thank you Anthony. It was a great rest of patience.
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 06:28 AM UTC
Anxiously awaiting your next progress shots.
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 02:49 PM UTC
Top effort so far Norman
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 11:29 PM UTC
Great stuff Norman,

Good tip with the bridge front, she is coming on superbly

cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 09:19 AM UTC
Thanks gent's. So here's another update, finished off the ladders on the funnel and built the aft AA platform. Also built the vents on either side of the funnel. Eduard makes a good set here and my previous statement of it being a bit thick has been shattered as the smaller parts are really fine. Care must be taken not to crush or distort. This is a good aftermarket set for a lower cost than others like pontos or flyhawk. Less detailed than other aftermarket sets but you can make a fine model with it. On to the pictures.





And here is one of everything built so far dry fit together.
JJ1973
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 09:26 AM UTC
Hi Norman,

your build really has picked up speed - I missed two or three weeks and with that a whole bunch of updates and really great progress!!

Really nice work, on the kit and the PE. Working on a Trumpi kit myself, yes, the Tamiya engineering IS looking really good...

Great work and she's coming along really nicely!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 09:34 PM UTC
Norman,

Really nice work on the PE. I do believe that I will be getting a set of the Eduard for my Chikuma.

Looking forward to seeing some more.

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 11:00 PM UTC
Great stuff Norman,

The etch work is very neat indeed.

Whilst I like Eduard sets for Aircraft, I have never been 100% convinced with some the ship sets, but this one looks very good.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 06:45 AM UTC
Eduards ship sets seem to lack smaller details, and are sometimes​ a bit thick. I've always liked pontos or lion roar because they have the smaller parts. This set covers the basic items like splinter shields and ladders etc...
I'm going to source some AAA guns in resin as eduard doesn't go that far with this set. Bit it's still a good set and will post more pics of what eduard covers in this set so others can get a good idea. I wish Thier were more reviews of these etch sets so you can get a basic understanding of what you get with each company's set.
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Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 10:27 AM UTC
Another update here, this ship has become a main build here, having alot of fun with this one. It just falls together and the way Tamiya engineered it, this ship falls together. I worked on the aft superstructure. The etch here it's very fiddly and care must be taken here or you'll spend alot of time cleaning off super glue or looking for parts on the floor. Ask me how I know. I wish eduard included life preservers and better ladders than flat ones. Heads up, some of eduards ladders are just basic flat ones to replace molded on. They are better but the flat ladders don't give a good 3d effect. Maybe under paint and weathering you might be able to get them to stick out. Enough rambling, on to the pictures.




And here she is all mocked up and dry fit together.

Next time at the bench I'll be working on getting the deck glued down above the torpedo deck so I can start painting the assemblies and installing them. Thanks for all the follows on this and thanks for the nice comments. I'm working towards becoming a better ship builder. Thanks for stopping by.
rolltide31
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Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 10:14 PM UTC
Norman,

Very impressive work. She is coming along at a quick pace. I am not a fan of the flat ladders myself, what I do to provide stand off is bend the two ends at a 90 degree angle and then mount them to the bulkhead. It provides some standoff and, in my opinion, provides a better representation.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 11:48 PM UTC
You know Dave, I never thought of that, next time that's what I'll do. Great tip. It's the reason I post here the community is awesome. Thanks
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Posted: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 01:25 AM UTC
Hi Norman,

Great progress, she really is coming on apace,

The supports for the after gun tubs look excellent

cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 02:39 AM UTC
Thanks Si, those after gun tubs tested my patience. Worth the effort though in the end. I need to pay the brass strips but I'm afraid the hasegawa set I have doesn't have enough. I'd hate to have to mix match or rip up the ones I would lay down.
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 02:58 AM UTC
great progress here Norman!

Those splinter shields look great!

Totally agree with Dave about the ladders. A small 90 degree bend at each end and then just attaching at those points will give a much more 3 dimensional effect. If you're feeling particularly brave, you could use some debonder and take the ladders you've glued down so far off, bend then ends, and then re-attach them
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 08:14 AM UTC
Small update. I Started working on the armament. Waiting to have the funding for flyhawk's brass strips. Building all the assemblies while waiting. I have also started some painting too. First coat of kure is laid down. On to the pictures.




rolltide31
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 08:26 AM UTC
Norman,

Great looking ship. The color is really bringing her to life. The Flyhawk brass strip is really good, a little touchy but good.

Armament is coming along well.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:26 PM UTC
Hi Norman,

The funnel and superstructure parts are looking good with paint down.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 12:29 AM UTC
Short post here, slow progress due to some auto repair work that came my way. I had some time at the bench last night and managed to build up the anti-aircraft weapons, Tamiya makes some good parts here but the barrels are solid and I don't have a bit small enough to hollow them out. May find a set of brass barrels to use. The kit parts once again just fall together without little effort. The photo etch on the 25mm is a bit confusing because it seems it wants me to attach a shield to the back of them, have to do some research. Also managed to start on the aircraft crane. On to the photos.



Sorry for the hand in the last picture, my phone wouldn't focus on the crane. Anyways as always thanks for stopping by.
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 01:40 AM UTC
Once more falling behind and catching up -

great work and great progress, Norman!! She's coming along pretty nicely!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 11:01 PM UTC
Darn good work, japanese warships have something special.
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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 04:37 PM UTC
Nice progress Norman