Gentlemen, I thank thee for thou swift and gentle commentaries!
Last update for this week (and from now it might get a little bit slower: etch incoming, and also, starting to work again after two weeks of vacation :/ )
The kit is great, but not perfect, with all the upperhull panels in place, there are areas where some filling is required. Not a big fan of that, especially sanding, because it's easy to mess things up. One of the cool feats is the incredible level of detail. For instance, Tamiya even moulded the bearings for the main gun turrets...nice! For the aft aircraft/lifeboat deck and hangar, Pontos have provided an etch replacement which fits perfectly on top of the original. I also glued the turned brass bollards in place and the rails for the lifeboats and aircraft.
The latter posed me with a problem at first: each rail consists out of two mirrored parts which should be glued together to get a more 3D effect. Quite scary. It's very thin and fragile and I needed to work out how to glue it together without messing it up with CA glue or even glueing it to the working surface. Well, Ca glue wasn't the way to go. But Gators Grip glue was! It looks like PVA glue and is also water soluable. It gives you some time to work and adjust things before it dries solid. I brushed Gators Grip on one part and added the other on top. Glue spills were removed with a slightly dampened brush (water). The glue also dries clear, which is a big plus. At the stern I needed to fill a gap as well.
Midweek I had some time to do some StuG weathering, Sunday afternoon I had some time to do a bit of etchwork on Yamato.
I finished adding the details on the bow part of the deck. I added the bollards, some parts were removed like the capstan base and the anchor chain brake mechanism and replaced by etch counterparts. As you can see there are four cylindres around the capstan. Pontos gave you the option to add them or not. I thought it looked cool so I added them. However, in hindsight and after checking references, I'm not too sure if they were there on Yamato. Anywhoo, they are glued firmly in place so they will remain there The achor chain brake wheels in place. Quite tiny, I had to remove the moulded on simplified part and drill a hole for the cylindre. After that I glued the wheel on top. Not too hard to my surprise.
Something which Tamiya didn't imply on the kit was the paravane fairlead. Quite a complicated part but I managed to assemble it without too much trouble. I added a 1 Eurocent piece to make a comparison. To our American friends: the 1 cent piece is the smallest piece of money we have. The silver pieces you see on next photo are the Tamiya etch ones. Now that's the one thing I don't like in this kit: the Tamiya etch is very sturdy and hard. This can be an advantage, but it's very hard to remove them from the sprues and clean up. On the hull sides I glued on the correct number of pipes. Not 100% sure but I guess these are the exit holes for like toilets and drains and such? I added some more of the degaussing cable as well, all glued with Gator Grip. Any excess glue cleans up easily. And last but not least. I glued the propellers in place. They are some cool machined parts and save me the effort of painting (why do I glue them in place anyway ey LOL)
In between doing nothing and painting the figures for my StuG build I did some things here and there concerning the Yamato.
I managed to more or less finish one of the main gun turrets (some small bits need to be added here and there, and I need to scrape off some glue spills in some areas). I'm still waiting for replament barrels so I dry fitted just one (the only one correctly drilled out ). I also added the Pontos AA gun platforms on the roof, as well as the railings and other tiny stuff.
Today I assembled one of the open Type 96 triple AA guns. It consists out of 17 parts (:X) and took me nearly two hours to assemble just one. Yamato had more than thirty on board face 21. To show the shear size of the thing I layed a toothpick and a 1/35 Tiger I (what else ) next to it for comparison.
Leon, Guy, Anthony and Dierk, many thanks guys. Dierk, spot I think 50 hours for the guns alone (and that's only those, there's many more single and double 25 mm's as well
panzerjager, glad to have you and thanks for liking Yamato chap
Yamato was a massive beast and often a bit underestimated by many people. However, Yamato wasn't too bad of a ship, and unlike as often portrayed, she did actually sank some US ships at Leyte. In some ways she was inferior to US Battleships (radar for instance), in some superior (cordite bags were loaded into the breach and they were shielded - something which US battleships didn't have, there's a history of an accident with some deaths when cordite propellant bags were manually loaded)
3 or 4 of the Yamato class, that would have been impressive. Even two was already something (I'm not counting Shinano) About super Yamato (design A-150), that would have been something, but the sheer cost and stuff needed to build it would have been crazy (the photos you are showing are of pimped Yamato version - quite cool! - but they aren't the design for the so called Yamato class
I found something interesting on the internet btw, a computer animation on how Yamato's main guns and loading worked. Text is in Japanese, but nevertheless very cool:
Just think how massive the Super Yamato would have been...51.cm/21 inch guns ZOWWIEEEEEE
They would just have ended up as "Super-Shinanos" - aircraft carriers without an Air Group...
Battleship guns are Long Lead-Time items, so would probably been started before the hulls. Shinano's guns were found abandoned on a beach at the end of the war, but other weapons which were made for "ships that never were" found other uses. Of the German 15-inch intended to re-arm Gneisenau (and for other things), four ended up as railway guns and others as coastal defence guns. One of the latter survives, in Norway (as does Gneisenau's original aft triple 11-ich mount, while two of her twin 5.9-inch turrets are in Denmark). Also In Norway are four of the 16-inch guns intended to arm the unbuilt H-39 class battleships (the successors to Bismark and Tirpitz) - one of these single mounts is maintained in operational condition as a museum. A suite of 15-inch guns made by Vickers for the Brazilian battleship Riachuelo (which was cancelled in 1914) along with some newly-built examples were supplied to Spain for use as coastal defence weapons in the 1920s. The last of these fired for the final time on 24 September 2008 before going into inactive reserve; other examples survive in various degrees of preservation or dereliction, as (I believe) do 12-inch Vickers guns (and turrets) salvaged from España-class battleships in the 1940s.
Last Edit: Aug 19, 2016 14:25:55 GMT -5 by moramarth
Post by mrversatile on Aug 20, 2016 10:26:28 GMT -5
I guess I missed this but I am catching up and am highly interested as I have the same kit and pontos upgrade. I got a good deal on the kit through squadron's 50% off sale a couple of years ago, and your build will help out immensely. Interesting is the overhead picture of Yamato with her teak decks showing. I was under the impression they were blackened for this mission. I am planning to make mine with the teak colored deck. Keep up the good work.
Hi Gil. Well, the photo is a coloured one which is done after the war. I just read 'Requiem of Battleship Yamato' written by Yoshida Mitsuru. He was an ensign on board of Yamato during operation Ten-Ichi-Go and he stated that the wooden deck was painted 'jet black'. So black will be the color to go in my case. I guess it all depends on the timeframe in which you want to depict the grand lady .
Hi Bill, sorry for the late reply, but thanks! 20 Inch guns...well that would have been completely off the hook...but cool
Sarah gave birth to a second son: Louis. Born at September 6th. All went well and the little 'un is a good lookin' fella again! So Big Sis and Big Bro, and of course Mum and Dad are very happy bunnies. I reckon modelling time might be limited now. We'll see. Mom and Son stay in hospital untill Saturday (three/4 days is customary in Belgium) so in between time Dad has some me-time left smile p
Having that said, I can present you with an update teeth 2.
I completed the degaussing cable assembly. Most of it was glued in place again with Gators's Grip Glue. Except for the parts at the aft section of the hull. Lots of corners and all and it was a bit harder to get it stuck there. So superglue to the resque. I found something new recently, called the 'Glue Looper'. It uses cappilary action to add very thing ca glue in narrow nooks 'n crannies. Basically I loaded the Glue Looper with ca glue and held it to the edge of the degaussing cable.
Other than that, as you can see in the photo above, I glued the gun platforms for the shielded AA guns at the edge of the hull in place.
On both sides a swinging boom was assembled and glued in place.
Each side of the hull has some ventilation gaps. According to the model of Yamato museum at Kure, Japan, the port side has only 5 (starboard has 6). The Tamiya Yamato has 6 on each side, so I had to fill one on the port side. After that I glued the ventilators in place (consist out of 2 parts each)
The aft deck was finished as well (added some smaller bits and a ladder). As you can see I also made a start on the aft flight deck.