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IJN Ryujo 1942 - 1/2400 Scale
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Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 08:34 AM UTC
The detail painting is really making her pop Tim,

Your microscopic work is outstanding,

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 02:26 PM UTC
To complete the paint job, I added a thin dark gray oil wash (Winsor & Newton Lamp Black & Flake White) over the Kure Naval Arsenal Grey to outline details and deepen recesses.


This was kept subtle since the Ryujo’s paintwork would have been fresh at the time of her loss as she had just gone through a yard period in the weeks before her final battle.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 11:51 PM UTC
Tim,

Nice effect the wash has, the detail still stands out under the bright light.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 08:26 AM UTC
Tim, you are the master of micro engineering!

It still astounds me how tiny these kits are!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 08:51 AM UTC
What Mark & Russ said,

Very subtle, but adds so much depth.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2019 - 01:02 AM UTC
Thanks guys. The GHQ kit is small but pretty complete, although there are a few details that should be added. One of these is the pair of the wing-like platforms which most Japanese aircraft carriers had at the aft end of their flight decks.

Here’s Ryujo in 1935:

These structures were actually the ends of a transverse gantry crane used to deploy the ship’s boats from the fantail.

The GHQ kit doesn’t include these, so I replicated them with lengths of .010 X .060 inch plastic strip.


The unused alternate flight deck decal yielded the red and white stripes.


These seemingly odd markings were a landing aid for pilots; unlike the U.S. and British navies, the Japanese did not use landing signal officers. They had instead "chakkan shidoto," or "landing guidance light" apparatus, a precursor to the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System still in use by the U.S. Navy today.


The red and white stripes were a supplement to this system to help the pilot establish that he was on the correct glide path for a safe landing.
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Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2019 - 04:26 AM UTC
Tim,

Nice touch adding the landing aids. I found it amazing that the pilot was the only one responsible for landing his craft.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2019 - 06:17 AM UTC
Very nice Tim,

It's little touches like the landing aids that add so much.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, April 08, 2019 - 02:49 PM UTC

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Tim,

Nice touch adding the landing aids. I found it amazing that the pilot was the only one responsible for landing his craft.

Mark



I agree, Mark! At least they had a hikochô (flagman) on the bridge who would wave a red flag at the approaching aircraft to signal a waveoff if things got really bad...

The IJN was famously hard core, but I guess they made it work!

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:11 AM UTC
I used a “flat Future” clear coat (Future acrylic plus Tamiya Flat Base) to matte down the model - which fortunately went on without any problems. The ship has now been attached to the ocean base with Golden brand Soft Gel Medium (Gloss).


The Gel Medium is a clear viscous polymer used by artists as a thickener for acrylic paints, but it works great as an adhesive, too. It also served to blend ship into the wake and to heighten the painted wave tops for a bit of dimension. Next up: masts and rigging.
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 01:09 PM UTC
Tim,
This is really coming together nicely. It really looks like your wartime photo when viewed from above. Looking forward to your next update.
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 07:41 PM UTC
Looks great Tim,

I don't know how you work in microscope scale.

agree with John's comment, also would be good to see the model alongside the photograph.


Cheers


Si
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:46 PM UTC

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Looks great Tim,

I don't know how you work in microscope scale.

agree with John's comment, also would be good to see the model alongside the photograph.

Cheers

Si



Ditto!
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:05 AM UTC
Thanks guys, she's almost there! The overhead photo from 1935 shows the Ryujo at anchor, and in the 1942 one she's dead in the water after the USN attacks (you can see the starboard gantry crane "wing" has been blown off), while the model depicts the ship still undamaged and maneuvering -
- but I'll post a comparison shot when the model is finished!
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 03:54 AM UTC
As with all Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers, the Ryujo carried multiple masts to support communication antenna wires.

These masts rotated down to horizontal during combat or flight operations, which is how I want to depict the model.


Matching the dimensions of a scaled down drawing of the ship, I began by cutting the three smaller units from 34 gauge (.16mm) brass wire.

The masts with their diminutive yards were attached to the ship with polyvinyl acetate (PVA). PVA glue, in this case Elmer’s Glue-All, is intended for porous materials like paper, wood, leather, or cloth, so it makes a solid but relatively weak bond with these metal pieces. Still, it is non-toxic and easy to work with, and it is strong enough for these tiny assemblies.


I’ll paint and attach aerial wires to them after fabricating and installing the more complex mainmast at the port bow.
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 05:20 AM UTC
You are a far better man than I, in masting and rigging that little fellow. I work mostly in 1/1200 scale twice the size, and while I don't shy away from making or enhancing a mast, I draw the line at rigging.

I really do like you base and how with paint you simulated wood. Excellent work, and it really shows the model off very well.

Now while you are roaming around a tiny town Eastern Solomons I do expect to see Enterprise, Shokaku, and Zuikaku, maybe even Saratoga if you can manage the differences in the Micro Nauts model, which I think is Sara in 45.

Splendid work. Drive on.
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 12:32 PM UTC
Tim it's amazing how you can take simple game piece kits and turn them into exquisite displays

Astounding!
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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 07:02 AM UTC

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Tim it's amazing how you can take simple game piece kits and turn them into exquisite displays

Astounding!



Thank you Russ. Those GHQ game pieces may be simple (a mere three pieces in the case of Ryujo), but the detail they pack is phenomenal!



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You are a far better man than I, in masting and rigging that little fellow. I work mostly in 1/1200 scale twice the size, and while I don't shy away from making or enhancing a mast, I draw the line at rigging.

I really do like you base and how with paint you simulated wood. Excellent work, and it really shows the model off very well.

Now while you are roaming around a tiny town Eastern Solomons I do expect to see Enterprise, Shokaku, and Zuikaku, maybe even Saratoga if you can manage the differences in the Micro Nauts model, which I think is Sara in 45.

Splendid work. Drive on.



Thanks Chuck! I too build in 1/1200 scale from time to time. Haven’t done many of the other Eastern Solomons players yet, although I did do a 1/1200 Enterprise a while back

Tiny 1/2400 can actually be easier, though, since in that smaller scale you can get away with a lot more simplification – that is if I can keep myself from going nuts with masts, rigging, flags...
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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM UTC
Very nice. Unless I am very mistaken that is E in 1945, taking her final damage of the war. Is it not?

What was your base kit?
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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 10:33 AM UTC

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Very nice. Unless I am very mistaken that is E in 1945, taking her final damage of the war. Is it not? What was your base kit?


Yes. The base kit was the old 1/1200 Casadio Snap-tite Enterprise; I did a blog on its construction here, if you are interested.
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 07:12 AM UTC
Aerial masts look great Tim,

Rigging in 1/2400th, that I am looking forward to seeing.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 11:22 AM UTC
For the scale you have done some wonderful work.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 01:11 PM UTC
The mainmast fitted at Ryujo’s port bow was larger and more complex than the other masts.


To replicate the mast’s lattice structure, I repurposed a type 13 radar from a 1/700 scale Japanese destroyer photoetch set.


First I removed the dipoles,


Then I cut the piece in half and attached it to a 34 gauge wire cut to the appropriate length. Yards and antennae spreaders from the 34 gauge brass were added as well.


Before attaching the mast to the ship I found that I had some even finer wire on hand, so I replaced the all the yards and the spreader with the copper material.

Now for that rigging...!


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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 11:53 PM UTC
Tim,

Very nice scratch build work on the main mast, really adds the detail to the ship.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 03:16 PM UTC

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Tim,

Very nice scratch build work on the main mast, really adds the detail to the ship.

Mark



Thanks, Mark. After all the masts were installed I painted them the hull color and added some copper wire rigging from an old coil.

This stuff is about as fine as human hair, but even so it is fairly heavy for 1/2400 scale. I added just a representative sampling of the ship’s rig to keep from overwhelming the little model.


The tiny IJN Battle Ensign is a Peddinghaus decal from their 1/1250 scale “Marineflaggen Japan” set.





And done!