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Topic review - Calling on IJN Akizuki fans
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I have to apologize for the delay, Harquebus, but I got the fret I made to correct some errors and found that there were noticeable discrepancies between step spacing on the side ladder, inclined ladders and vertical ladders. In addition, a test build of the side ladder with platforms and rails was far too fragile, so a second revision fret was planned. That also stalled work on the instructions.

Then the Covid-19 virus hit and I lost contact with my guy in Hong Kong who had been processing my brass at a reasonable price. I don't know if that was caused by the virus, or the political climate. Either way, I need to find a new etcher who won't charge me California prices. I don't know what I could charge for the frets in their current state.

This was one of those projects that started out with great enthusiasm and the best intentions, then life got in the way. Sorry.
Post Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:18 pm
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Mike C wrote:
Phil R wrote:
Who's doing new PE for these kits? Can you give a hint?


That would be me. I've been puttering around with drawing some etch since 2001, off and on, and it has only recently gotten to the test stage. I still have some modifications to do, but I don't have a release date since I'm tied up with other projects at the moment. Dan K has seen samples of the test etch. Feel free to suggest anything I may have missed, but I reserve the right to reject any more parts that would require me to redesign the sheets.

<SNIP>

Mike


Mike C, Dan K or anyone else in the know:

Any word on this Akizuki PE set? I need two sets even if I never get around to building these kits (I have three Nichimo IJN destroyers), because they would make an added 'sweeten-the-deal' kit bonus to a potential buyer...

THANKS! :thanks:
Post Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:56 pm
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gscott wrote:
Jason, I believe your general assumption regarding painting is correct, although AFAIK the IJN battleships had wood main decks, not linoleum like the cruisers and destroyers (at least from WWI through WWII).
Awesome, thanks Greg. I've just started back into warship modeling and haven't done a ton of IJN stuff so trying to get the lay of the land.
Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:06 am
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Jason, I believe your general assumption regarding painting is correct, although AFAIK the IJN battleships had wood main decks, not linoleum like the cruisers and destroyers (at least from WWI through WWII).
Post Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:23 pm
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Thanks Dan, much appreciated.

As an outlier, can I safely assume the same thing holds true for most IJN ships, including light/heavy cruisers and battleships regarding the linoleum strips and steel deck color. I know it will require some research per individual ship, time frame etc. but generally speaking.
Post Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:44 pm
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metal deck color for most IJN destroyers is the same color as the rest of the ship, is this correct?


Yes. Weathering can affect it, though.

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Second, did the Akizuki's have linoleum strips on sections of their decks?


Yes. There may have been some variations (most notably with Suzutsuki after her numerous repairs), but the linoleum is there. This is true for all the IJN DDs.


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:54 am
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I have a couple of questions on colors for Akizuki, or maybe IJN destroyers in general.

First, it seems from my viewing of pictures of other folks builds on here and other forums that the metal deck color for most IJN destroyers is the same color as the rest of the ship, is this correct? I mean, other than the linoleum strips on certain sections, the actual steel deck color seems to be consistent with the hull and superstructure from what I've seen. So, if for example it's Kure gray for the hull and superstructure, it's Kure gray for the deck as well?

Second, did the Akizuki's have linoleum strips on sections of their decks? I found a couple of builds that were just gray decks, no reddish brown linoleum color. The Aoshima kit I'm working on shows just gray in the color callouts, but then I have seen some builds that have the reddish brown linoleum deck strips.

Thanks in advance for any help.
Post Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:10 am
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Hi Dan K,

Yes, in my opinion, Fujimi is improving progressively with each NEXT release. The moulding quality/sharpness and the general shape accuracy has gone up another level from their Kagero release a few years back. I am really impressed with the details they mananged to get on the gun turret and the bridge face. Replace with the metal barrel and the turret is ready to go more or less IMHO
Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:27 am
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Thx for posting those NEXT pics, caledonia. Much appreciated.

Detail-wise on the major pieces, the NEXT Akizuki seems to be as or even more sharp than those of the NEXT Kagero/Yugumo kits. The turrets, funnel and bridge look very good from here.
Post Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:05 pm
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To Mike C, I am looking forward to the completed set. My 1/200 Hatsuzuki awaits!
Post Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:10 pm
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photo continues. The first thing you will notice when you get the kit is the size of the box. It is the same length as the box for a battleship!!


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:37 am
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Just received Fujimi's 1/700 NEXT Akizuki. looks very impressive with the details and the molding sharpness. Some quick pictures to compare with the Fujimi's "normal" offering of the same ship


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:30 am
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It's embarrassing at how long I've taken to do this. It's getting close to being ready, though.
I had to change the sizes on a couple things, found other parts that needed to be added, had to repair damage to my test build and now have to find a new etcher.

All that's left is boat cradles and instructions and I may have a replacement etcher. Sorry for the delay. Life keeps throwing me curve balls. Needless to say, I don't have a firm release date and price is to be determined.
Post Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:34 pm
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Dan K wrote:
Not "vaporware"; here are shots of Mike's latest test pieces. He's got a little more tweaking to do.


Is this from corsair armada, and is it still available to buy anywhere?
Post Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:49 pm
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Niizuki has been found by the R/V Petrel team. Check out their Facebook page for a short video.
Post Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:18 am
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One of the older Monochrome 1944 boxings had the additional PE. I would hope that Wave issues a late war PE fret at some point.
Post Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:01 pm
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Dan K wrote:
It ain't cheap, but Big Blue Boy makes a PE set for the 1/350 Akizuki kits.



Yes is very nice ,the main issue ,it covers only the 1942 version.
Post Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:24 am
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It ain't cheap, but Big Blue Boy makes a PE set for the 1/350 Akizuki kits.
Post Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:01 am
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Man I wish they did a 1/350 scale! I’m wondering if Rainbow will but I doubt it.. I may have to bite the bullet and get the new wave Fuyuzuki and price together random PE sets for it..
Post Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:04 pm
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Here are the Fuyuzuki pics, though not really large enough. 1944 and 1945 versions


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