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Topic review - Calling all Japanese pre-war/wartime Merchant Marine fans
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  Post subject:  Re: Calling all Japanese pre-war/wartime Merchant Marine fan  Reply with quote
Very cool! I also build all these FK kits, so I know: You do a really good job :thumbs_up_1:
Post Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:49 am
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I like it a lot, Jim! Well done.
Post Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:40 pm
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With the bottom picture (see above post) as inspiration, I set about completing the Fairy Kikaku America Maru kit in OSK livery.

I've included the Hospital ship comparison photo. Same kit, but the liner looks sleeker due to the hull lines being 'cleaner'

Hope you like it


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:52 pm
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OK guys, here's a conundrum for you.

I built the Fairy Kikaku kit of America Maru as a hospital ship. You can see in the picture she has 2 well decks giving her a 3 island appearance.

I now want to build her in her OSK pre-war configuration and the pictures are conflicting - the bulwarks on some photos show her with a rear well deck, another shows her with no well deck (or at least with continuous bulwarks).

Any ideas? Was she modified for war service? Was she built as a flush deck ship?

Any answers will be helpful.


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:26 pm
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Thanks. I glued it together with brass pins to keep it secure, and added a styrene sheet to the bottom to be double sure it won’t crack at the joints.

This was a lot of work to get to the open-the-box starting point for most resin hulls.


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:02 pm
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You’re doing a great job on a 3 piece kit! :heh: What you’ve done is night and day better than what they provide you! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: I have to give them a lot of credit though. They produce stuff that you’d never see in plastic!


Bob Pink :wave_1:
Post Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:32 pm
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Thanks Bob. She’s San Francisco Maru.
Post Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:34 pm
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That looks really good , Scott! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

What kit is that? Empire Castle??




Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:55 pm
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Yep. Been there. Not sure I want to do it again, but workable.


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:41 pm
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I broke down and ordered Fairy Kikaku 1/700 IJN Aiyo Maru, in her 1943 fit, the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. She is probably their best offering! The only down side is, she is planked from how to stern and everything inbetween. Her Trom says she was a cargo ship so, I’m going to have to do a lot of sanding to correct this.




BobPink
Post Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:49 am
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Fairy Kikaku requires about 25% scratch building any how. Sounds like you’re coming out ahead.
Post Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:32 pm
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1/700 Fairy Kikaku has released both in 1943 IJN Marus Taimei and Nitchiryu. That figures since I'm about 60 percent done scratchbuilding my Taimei Maru!




Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:37 pm
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Spectacular job, Jim!! : :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:



Bob Pink :wave_1:
Post Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:35 pm
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Wow. Absolutely beautiful, Jim. Very realistic diorama.
Post Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:55 am
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Sometime last year a friend gave me a copy of a magazine called 'Shipping Wonders of the World'. It was dated September 1936!!

In it was a plan for the Japanese ferry 'Kurenai Maru 2'.

'Nothing ventured, nothing gained' as they say, so I scratch built it in 1/700. Here are some pics.

The beauty of it is, the magazine is available on the web and plans are available under the Merchant Ship Types section.

I am now in the process of building the Japanese Bulk Carrier Hyogo Maru. Problem is there are very few references to this or its sister ship Osaka Maru. I'm particularly interested in the Fleet colours/funnel and house flag of Kobe Sanbashi who operated the ship.

Any help most welcome. I'll post photos when completed.


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:43 am
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Fairy Kikaku has released in 1/700 the IJN Brisbane Maru 1942 when sunk at Guadalcanal.



Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:51 am
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Fairy kikaku is coming out with the 1/700 IJN Aiyo Maru 1943! She is depicted when sunk during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea!



BobPink
Post Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:03 am
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Peter,
Here are some photos of my version of Yasukawa Maru done some time ago.
I modified the stern with Squadron 'green' putty and added a waterline plate of Evergreen plastic.

As usual with my models I presented her in the civilian colours 0f Kawasaki Kisen (K Line)


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:39 am
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janschu wrote:
... The main issue on the Yasukawa Maru kit is, that the hull too low by about
2mm and the shape of the stern is wrong. But these two weak points can be corrected by adding a plate of plastik sheet for the hull height and by filling
and sanding for the stern. Well, that´s what i will do on "my" Yasukawa Maru. :big_grin:
:


I know, it is strange to quote a message of 9 years ago... :big_grin:

Anyway, I will soon receive my Niko 1/700 Yasukawa Maru, and I just would like to ask if there is a good drawing which would help to correct the stern.

By the way, I found this picture of Silvercypress (the "former identity" of Yasukawa Maru) on shipsnostalgia.com, from the collection of their member Andrey Nelogov:

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Cheers,
Peter
Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:26 pm
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Dan,
Just to clarify. The request was made at the IPMS Nationals in Telford England in November last. Richard is ever the gentleman and allows Don McKeand and others from FineWaterline, including me, to 'bend his ear' with our requests and suggestions.

I hadn't realised they had been released back in February. Needless to say, I have now put in my order for a few sets and look forward to receiving them soon.

Jim S
Post Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:12 pm

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