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IJN anti-aircraft cruiser Isuzu 1944 1:350
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 04:25 AM GMT+7
Hello and welcome, this is my new blog: AOSHIMA´s Isuzu in its 1944 setting plus Flyhawk´s detail set for this specific ship.

The Isuzu was the second of the Nagara class 5.500 ton light cruisers. It was named after an well known river at the japanese Homeland. It served from the very beginning throughout the second world war in different task forces at battles in different waters almost until the end. From May - September 1944 she was then converted into a dedicated anti-aircraft cruiser; her main armament was removed and replaced by a massive AA gun complement of different calibers. Some allied bombers who dared to attack her after this were subsequent brought down. But in 7. April 1945 she ran out of luck and fate struck her - not by aircraft but in form of three torpedoes, fired by two US-submarines toward her between Sumbawa and Komodo Islands. 450 crew members were rescued but 190 poor souls went down with the ship.

This is my first AOSHIMA kit at all and what I can see for the first glimpse at the parts everything looks very crisp and detailed. This is how the lady will look alike:


There are a lot parts inside the box - a lot of them will go toward the spares box as AOSHIMA provides here all parts for all the five ships of this specific class which are all slightly different from each other though:


This is the additional Flyhawk detail set for the Isuzu:


The etched, turned and resin parts of the Flyhawk set:


This will keep me busy...


The small AA-guns inside the Flyhawk set have no turned barrels and therefore do look squashed (pictures will follow later here) I bought some extra sets to improve these parts. They are already underway from Hong Kong toward my home adress and should arrive soon:



More to follow soon
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 05:30 AM GMT+7
Ahoy Thomas

The Isuzu! Bravo I say!

Wow one of my favourite IJN Destroyers.

No pressure now but I am really excited to see this being built and will be following along very closely.



Cheers


Sean
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 06:28 AM GMT+7
Welcome aboard Sean! I also like the slender shape of the Kuma and Nagara class cruisers. The Isuzu will be a good practice for my stashed TAMA with her white washed camouflage
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 08:16 AM GMT+7
Hey Thomas,

It is great to see your new choice - this will be a fun one! Back in the 1970s Aoshima was a byword for low quality among the 1/700 Water Line Series ships, but in recent years they have upped their game to the point that they are among the best out there! This one looks to be no exception.

I look forward to watching you bring Isuzu to life!

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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 08:42 PM GMT+7
I'll be watching with great interest, I have a few flyhawk sets and enjoy them. I'm along for the ride.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:01 PM GMT+7
Onboard and watching with interest Thomas
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Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 07:32 AM GMT+7
Nice choice Thomas,

Love these rebuilt old cruisers.

will be following along for the ride.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 10:30 PM GMT+7
Welcome aboard all! I´m very happy that there is so much positive anticipation about this ship. I´ll do my best to meet your expectations.

The Isuzu is a lot larger than my last ship (46 cm compared to the just 28 cm of the Dingyuen) and therefore it is my biggest ship until now. The dimensions fit perfectly to scale and the detail is very nice. You have the choice here to cut the ship hull for a waterline model if you want but this time I want to build a full-hull display on a wooden socket.

I started to glue together the two hull halves and the internal connectors for better stability. It is the same System as you might be used from HASEGAWA. As there was a long assembly seam I used liquid Flex-I-file Plast-I-Weld glue applied with an applicator with a very thin needle. This one, although toxic (open your windows after use), almost immediately weld together your two parts which needs to be connected. great stuff. After this I drilled out the holes for the anchor at both hull sides


Only the brass linoleum fixation strips look a bit thin to me. But I decided to leave them as they are instead remove them all and make new ones


To get warm I started to install some easy pe-parts at the ships front part


The ship´s name at the stern


replaced the first injected splinter shield and anchors with etched parts. Looks much better


I already discovered one error with FLYHAWK´s etched set: They forgot the opening at the bowplate where the hoisted anchor chain dissapear again in the ship´s hull. I drilled an opening according to my plan I have at hand


Thats it for today
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 08:28 AM GMT+7
The torpedo section needs to be painted first as, when the ships floor will be glued on top, the compartment will be closed and can not be reached from outside anymore exept the small openings for the torpedo launcher. This evening I painted the torpedo section with the suggested color (Gunze H83 dark gray2) but it does look way too dark for my taste. The colored plan provided within the kit show the ship also in a much lighter color.


Therefore I opted to overpaint it with another, more appropriate, color. Luckily I do also own Gunze´s IJN Arsenal Color set with three different gray shades of Kure, Sasebo and Maizuru Naval Yard. All three are just a tad different in its color shade but does look more appropriate for the ship in my eyes


I did chose the Maizuru color and oversprayed the former color (it looks like Gunze colors have to be airbrushed as they are very thin and will dry unevenly with the brush (see first pic). However I did used their retarder as their colors are drying very fast. This is the result of the new color and I do like it much better. What do you think?


Tomorrow I will paint the torpedoes and give everything a slight wash and drybrush. One question for the educated audience though: Which color did have the Japanese torpedoes within their cruisers? I have no idea and Aoshima give´s no hint. Thank you for any help here
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 01:57 PM GMT+7

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... Which color did have the Japanese torpedoes within their cruisers? I have no idea and Aoshima give´s no hint. Thank you for any help here



Great progress Thomas!

My understanding is that Imperial Japanese Navy torpedoes of the era were unpainted metal (i.e., silver) with black warheads. Practice torpedoes were silver with dummy warheads that were painted bright red to aid recovery.
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 09:47 PM GMT+7
Great start Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 11:00 PM GMT+7
Thomas,

I am definitely along for the ride. The IJN Isuzu has alluded me from being in my stash so it's great to see someone building her. Amazing start and I look forward to following along.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2018 - 07:18 AM GMT+7
Nice progress Thomas,

Very clean fix on the issue with forward deck plate, wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't mentioned it.

Cheers,

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 06:51 AM GMT+7
@Tim: Thank you for your quick help with the torpedo Colors. I followed your advice here

@Russel + Simon: Thank you mates!

@David: Welcome onboard here mate

Today I have just a small update: I did finished the torpedo launchers. After I did sprayed them and the whole section with Maizuru Arsenal color I gave the launchers an enamel wash and drybrushed them with 502 Abteilung german grey highlight oil color to give more contrast to the details. After glueing the deck above the torpedo section I´m afraid there will not much be visible of it anymore until you turn the launchers toward 90° position.



:-H
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 12:27 PM GMT+7
Nice work on the torpedoes Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 01:24 AM GMT+7
@ Russel: Thank you: only possible with a very fine brush, steady hands and magnifier lens in front of my eyes

Today it´s time for another update. It is not much visible but it took me a lot of time because of very delicate parts...

First I drilled out all portholes with a fine drill and closed up the torpedo section.The fit with the front deck was not optimal so I was forced to use some putty for cleaning up and use a very fine cut of evergreen strip to simulate the missing linoleum fixation strip right above the seam between the two decks. After this I placed the first two frontal splinter protection walls together with its each 6 triangular tiny reinforcing sheets. I think it´s looking fine now


these are the two finished aft splinter protection walls


I also carved off the plastic bulwark and replaced it with etched parts


I carved off some plastic parts (channels? actually I don´t have any idea what purpose these parts actually had) from the deck and replaced them with etched parts. This is how the ship is looking at the Moment


Another frontal view


Ah and the replacement AA-guns did arrived from China last week - oh boy these are very tiny. I will see how far I will get with them. If I master these I could possibly also start to work as a gynecologist too



The wooden base and nameplate are already ordered and underway
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 06:22 AM GMT+7
Thomas,

The splinter shields are looking good. Were there molded in shields you had to remove before applying the etch shields? I always find removing clunky molded parts to be a bit of a chore. Anyway, your new shields look just right!
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 08:49 AM GMT+7
Hey Tim,

yes the molded in shields had to be removed. They were quite thick and I had to avoid to cut into or scratch the surrounding Surface too much to have a good look after. Thats why I needed so much time for this tiny Progress.
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 06:24 AM GMT+7
A small update of my today´s work: I dared to start with the forward main AA-gun compartment. Glueing together the housing, cleaning up small gaps, sawing off the injected splinter protection walls and make a new one out of photoetched parts. I also glued two photoetched doors as these were missing in the kit. Very tiny parts but easy to remove from sprue due to userfriendly very thin connector pins. Looks much better then the original kit one me thinks


will start the AA-gun for this now
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 09:23 AM GMT+7
Very neat etch work indeed Thomas,

Enjoying the progress. Good luck with the replacement AA guns, they can be real fun!

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 10:43 PM GMT+7
Super sharp photo etch Thomas
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 01:37 AM GMT+7
I finished the frontal main AA-gun battery. To be honest this was no fun because of the extremely small parts and the extremely vague instructional drawing.

These are the parts for one gun (barrels were already glued in by me before)


They ask you to replace the resin ladder spokes with the microscopic etched one - good joke . As this is clearly way beyond my abilities and the try would lead me directly toward Shutter Island I ommited them. I hope you forgive me for that...


This is the finished gun frontal view


backside view


and installed at its barbette



Next I will paint this single subassembly
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 02:36 AM GMT+7
Thomas,

That etch looks fantastic! Here's a painting tip for you (if you don't already know) -

The eight-section deck plates around the mount that look something like metal grates were actually unpainted wood planks added around the gun mounts to aid crew traction, so be sure to paint them accordingly.

- I missed it on my last IJN build!

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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 05:45 AM GMT+7
Ahoy Thomas

Superb work thus far.

I am enjoying every update.

Thanks for the great tip Tim.

Cheers


Sean
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 07:38 AM GMT+7
What Sean said!

Great job Thomas, and I know what you mean, etched parts seem to be getting smaller!

Cheers

Si