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Akagi "Three Flight Deck" 1/700
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 02:17 PM UTC
I thought I would follow the other builders in the "Flattops Campaign" and start a separate build log on my "Akagi "Three Flight Deck" carrier 1/700.

This the kit box.


Purchased Tom's PE designed for this kit and a whole bunch of Voyager IJN carrier upgrade PE for radio antennas, deck stuff, weapons, etc., etc. I have a feeling I am going to hate PE when this done.



So far I have the hull assembled, drilled out the portholes, started adding PE and dry fitting the decks.







My first major PE test is removing and replacing the molded on pillars supporting the lower flight deck just about the main deck at the bow. The picture really doesn't show the pillars very well but I had to shape sixteen pillars attached to the PE sheet. Each pillar took 4 folds to shape and they are held together with very thin superglue.



The installation of the PE pillars will be another day. My next step to mount the hull on a board. Until the next posting.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 10:09 PM UTC
Looking very good Mark. Now I see what you are trying to build that's an interesting approach to flight decks. I am not sure I would want to attempt PE in 1/700th scale so you're a brave man.

cheers

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 09:32 AM UTC
I have to agree with what Michael said, Mark: PE in 1/700 makes me jittery to say the least

Following with interest!
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 01:36 PM UTC

Quoted Text

I have to agree with what Michael said, Mark: PE in 1/700 makes me jittery to say the least

Following with interest!



Russell, Michael,

It makes me jittery also, but I am willing to give it a try.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 09:58 AM UTC
Finished up my last AFV for the year today and will focus on ships until the end of the year.

Here a couple of photos of where I am at.

The hull has been primed.



I also started on the air wings of fighters and torpedo bombers. I purchased additional aircraft because the kit only came with six fighters and torpedo bombers.



All of the aircraft are assembled and have their base color coat on them.

I don't have photos, but the decks are taped and ready for me to paint them. I am not adding an after market deck but spay paint them. Will post photos as the work progresses.

Until the next post.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 09:52 AM UTC

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Finished up my last AFV for the year today and will focus on ships until the end of the year.




I like the "cut of your jib" Mark

Looking very good.

Can't believe how small those planes are: I'd go cross eyed trying to work on them!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 04:20 PM UTC
Hi Mark!

Very nice start, I'm in and following!

Well 1/700 IS small - all those tiny planes... Looks very promising though! I'm looking forward to follow your build!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 08:05 AM UTC
I have been making progress these pass few days.

I put a couple of coats of (Model Master) Kure Grey followed with a couple of coats of Future to protect the paint.



The bow and stern main decks have been painted and fitted on the hull.




Started painting the three flight decks. The first attempt was a total failure. The paint wouldn't stick to the decks and the paint would come off when I pulled the (test) tape off (I don't think I let the paint cure long enough). Remove the paint and re-primed (Vallejo White Primer) and let it sit for a couple of days. Then I added a random coats of Buff and Sandy Brown. Lay .4mm X 9mm strips of tape randomly on the decks put on a coat of (Vallejo Model Air)Mahagony paint and added more tape strips randomly.




Right after I took those photos I put on a layer of Medium Brown paint. I will let that sit for a full day and then add more random strips of tape. I have four more layers and colors to do, so this will take a week at least before I put the final coat of Future to protect it.

While I was waiting for the decks to dry I started on the air wing. They are all painted and have a layer of Future on them.





All they need are the decals which I plan on starting tomorrow. I hope all goes well because those decals are mighty tiny and I have big hands.

Until the next post.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 06:23 AM UTC
Looking great Mark.

Good luck with those decals, I am not a great fan of lots little decals.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 09:30 AM UTC
nice to see some colour going on Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:49 AM UTC
Hi Mark,

I like your multi-tone approach to painting the wood flight deck; I've never had much luck with that technique myself, so I'm interested to watch your progress!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 12:20 PM UTC

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Hi Mark,

I like your multi-tone approach to painting the wood flight deck; I've never had much luck with that technique myself, so I'm interested to watch your progress!



Thanks Tim,

I have one more set of strips to lay follow by three more coats of paint, clear coat and wash. First time I tried this on a 1/700 model. I am completely winging it.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 02:47 PM UTC
Mark,

I appreciate this build. I thought about ordering and trying this kit a year or so ago but lost my nerve.

I am still a fan of 1/700. I Just need magnification!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 07:49 PM UTC
The deck looks great Mark. Always interested to see new styles for painting. The aircraft are looking good too. I don't envy you in this scale but do appreciate the way you are dealing with.

cheers

Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:41 PM UTC
Thanks, Michael

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:26 AM UTC
All,

Finished painting the 3 decks with a top coat of Future for protection. Next step is to cover the decks with masking tape so I can paint the metal parts grey.





Also been busy with prepping all of the other parts that make of this ship. Added PE doors, ladders and exhaust stack caps.



I finished painting these parts after I took this photo, so assembly should proceed quickly.

I haven't decided yet if I will use the PE flight deck supports or use the ones that came with the kit. TOM's model works PE is so flimsy that I am afraid I will bend them up sitting the decks in place. I guess a couple of test fittings will help me decide.

Until the next post.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 05:53 PM UTC
the decks looks great Mark!