Ahoy, friends of the adhesive guild.
Back to my roots, building model ships.
It was a nice excursion into the Star Wars universe and I had a lot of fun.
But now I’m looking forward to a real ship that I’ve had in the pipeline for a long time.
The pre dreadnought battleship Mikasa of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).
I know, nothing new for most. There are so many construction reports about this boat and yet it remains a must for me. And that for two reasons.
First there is the shape of the hull. Really archaic. Reminds me of a Greek trireme because of the suggested ram. I like it incredibly much. And on deck everything on this ship is so different than on my Bismarck, for example.
Secondly, I don’t just have a Pontos Detail Up Set for this model. No, as a bonus there is also the MK1 Deluxe package from KA Models. There are a few details that are missing from Pontos. Probably not researched thoroughly enough, or what?!. But more on that later.
Well, it’s going to be an etching orgy in the very first cabin. What fun.
Then I would like to introduce you to the available material for this project.
First of all, the model.
This is available from a number of manufacturers such as I Love Kit, Wave Corporation or HobbyBoss. But everything is definitely Trumpeter, which you can see immediately when you open the box.
After all, my Mikasa comes from Merit International. It’s amazing how many names this model is sold under.
The picture shows the box from the company I Love Kit, as I no longer have mine.
Of course there is also my favorite etched part set from Pontos.
And now I’m exaggerating, I know, but this model also comes with the MK1 Deluxe package from Ka Models. I’ll explain what motivated me to do this later in my construction report.
Unfortunately there isn’t much from Veteran Models for this model, but at least this:
This time the figures come from the company ION, which I appropriately won as a prize for my Bismarck.
It is still incomprehensible to me that the manufacturers, regardless of whether it is the model or the expensive aftermarket products, that anchor chains have double bar links. So they became worried.
Let’s move on to another exquisite accessory. Discovered in one of the many construction reports about the Mikasa. These fantastic dinghies from Micro Master from New Zealand.
A little dream.
So, this is the first list of ingredients for my new project. Although I can’t or don’t want to rule out the possibility that one or two particles could come along.
On to the next two years of fun.