Finally after some excursions into tank, figure, airspace and aircraft models it is really time to return to the known waters of shipbuilding here. Obeying to the odds of nationalities within my stash it had to be one japanese or a british ship. Well I finally decided to build a IJN one. This time it will be a very big one, actually this will be my biggest and extensive build so far…
With all the hype about the new 1:200 scale Yamato some modeller sold their 1:350 scale ships to get space and money for the bigger one to come. Exactly this happened to my kit as a fellow modeller sold it for a reasonable price to the happy me. It´s already the new „Premium“ kit from Tamiya with some extra interesting personal documentations and stories about this ship and one extra fret of photoetched parts within. The friendly modeller who sold me the ship already collected the MK1 deluxe set with more etched parts, turned barrels and a wooden deck for this kit.
I remember I did built the Musashi many many years ago when I was a teenager and I always planned to build once my personal ultimate Yamato. Well I expect my time is coming now but I got lost a bit with collecting extra upgrade parts for this ship which all appeared recently for it but I couldn´t resist… Call it a total self-overestimation of its own skills and perseverance, juvenile flippancy or just bare ignorance of the sheer size and challenges of this build but I will try to master this huge pile of parts
I did read a lot about the ship recently and I had to decide which timeframe to depict: As I want to show her with the impressive full final armament and I really like the blackened deck there was only her last mission to Okinawa during Operation Ten-Go remaining; this is what I like to represent.
Now lets look what is contributing with my build:
First is the huge kit itself loaded full with plastic parts:
Then we have this nice MK1 deluxe upgrade set with a lot extra etched parts, turned barrels and a wooden deck (which need to get blackened somehow later). The instructions could be better but I will to my best here
I have a wooden base and some luxurious brass pedestals waiting for the hull
One very useful and recommended book for studying the details (very recommended, but also some few small errors which I will explain later during the build)
brandnew 3d printed upgrade sets from Fatty Models (strange choice of company name isnt´it?). The funnel and main bridge sets with the new crisp wind channels are supernice and correct the mistake of the kit with the missing upper main AA-fire control station at the main bridge in 1945
Then there are new 3D printed gun directors for the AA guns, machine guns and search lights. All parts have open hatches and an interior to look inside!
All the AA guns will be replaced by these 3d printed guns from Bunker Models and WuLa. They look amazing and will safe me from a lot miniscule assembly work
hatches, paravanes, binoculars, extra ammunition boxes and voicepipes
this is the only one extra part which is on its way to my harbor for this build: further open hatches. It will arrive long before it will be needed hopefully
searchlights, bollards, antennas, anemometers, winches, handwheels and detailed telephone line lead-in tubes
etched speedcones and an aircraft upgrade set for the later needed last two Mitsubishi F1M Petes aboard.
and a whole bunch of smaller 3d printed detail sets all from YXmodels. These are main turrets gun aimer´s periscopes, anchor chains, rear hangar anti blast cover, Type 0 12 cm binoculars, anchor stoppers, Type 22 surface radar, main turrets exercise gun aiming devices, main turrets open observation windows, Type 98 director periscopes, main turrets commander´s periscopes, fixed rings, capstan and finally control handles & brake for the rear crane
Altogether these upgrade sets give this huge pile
Believe me or not but there are still more parts out there for improvements which I still don´t have but I think the most useful stuff is now in my hands to make my ultimate Yamato!
I hope I did wettened your appetite for my upcoming build. You are welcome to watch and comment, I appreciate it