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Topic review - Calling all Japanese pre-war/wartime Merchant Marine fans
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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:
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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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Yes, thank you, Jim! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: I ordered a couple sets to try out on about at least 50 scratch builds. I might ask Richard to see if he could do a 1900-1920's set. Most of my scratch builds are between that time period.



Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:25 pm
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Thanks Jim. I have ordered one. Let's see how much of this set i can use on my '50s merchant ships.
Post Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:23 am
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Dan, Guess who the requester for a supplementary merchant ships set was?... I also asked him to consider a selection of crosstrees and king post girderwork.


Aha! Mystery solved. Jim, good for you for the astute request. It seems to have met your requested specifications: http://www.tomsmodelworks.com/catalog/p ... cts_id=675

I didn't realize you were at the show. I would have liked to have introduced myself.
Post Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:06 am
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Dan, Guess who the requester for a supplementary merchant ships set was?... I also asked him to consider a selection of crosstrees and king post girderwork. Great to hear Richard has taken it on board - customer satisfaction guaranteed.

Bob, some interesting subjects out there now. Just have to 'up the build rate'!

Jim S
Post Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:43 am
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Quincy wrote:
Combrig IJN Kasato Maru in 1/700 is a future resin release. She was built in 1900, and is 405ft in length. She was sunk on Aug.9th 1945, by Russian aircraft, in the Bering Sea.

This should be a very nice kit! :cool_1:



Bob Pink. :wave_1:


Thanks for the head's up Bob. I see that the instructions are already on line.

http://combrig-models.com/images/stories/instructions/is70100_Kasato.pdf
Post Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:30 pm
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Combrig IJN Kasato Maru in 1/700 is a future resin release. She was built in 1900, and is 405ft in length. She was sunk on Aug.9th 1945, by Russian aircraft, in the Bering Sea.

This should be a very nice kit! :cool_1:



Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:30 am
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Thanks for the info, Dan! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: That set will come in handy for my ever growing merchant fleet!





Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:23 pm
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Just a quick fyi - Tom's is planning to release a new set, actually a subset of the tanker set, for the IJN merchants. It's primarily a pulley set, but I believe there might also be accommodation anchors, gravity davits, 4 bar railings, maneuvering light arrays, hatches, life rings, maybe even gun bandstands. This came out of a customer request made to Rich at last year's NATS. Not sure of the final item selection and release date, but soon. If Rich reads this, perhaps he'll fill in the blanks.
Post Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:02 am
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Fairy Kikaku has released the 1/700 IJN Myoko Maru 1943. She is 364ft with deck guns on fore and aft bandstands. With two 25mm singles amidships. She was built in 1938-39 so, she should be all metal decking, with the only wood being her life boat deck. This should also apply to the Nagano Maru.



Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:44 am
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Fairy Kikaku has released another Truk Lagoon wreck, the IJN Nagano Maru in 1/700. It is backordered on the HLJ site.




Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:31 pm
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Just ran across this video, including color footage of a Type 2A

https://youtu.be/36BcL-6OPwI

Enjoy!
Post Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:58 pm
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Another Fairy Kikaku 1/700 IJN Merchantman- Kyushu Maru 1942. Backordered on the HLJ website.


Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:37 am
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Bob,
Yamagiri Maru yet another ship sunk at Truk. Fairy Kikaku clearly favour ships from a specific time/theatre of war.

Needless to say, I've ordered one!

Jim S
Post Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:36 am
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Forgot to add that you could make Yamazuki's other 4 sisters from this kit.

Shinko maru an auxiliary minelayer would have the easiest paint scheme, being all gray.

Zenyo, Yamagiri, and Keiyo Marus having a way more complex camouflage schemes.



Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:39 pm
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Fairey Kikaku has a couple other new offerings on HLJ, all in 1/700. The IJN Yamazuki Maru 1942, DKM SS. Hindenberg 1942, and DKM Urundi 1940-4.


Hopefully they get the decking material right on the Yamazuki Maru.


Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:34 pm
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John,
The 'go-to' pages I use for this sort of info are:-
http://www.jsu.or.jp/siryo/map/allmaria ... zerin.html
plus ONI-208J , the Miramar Ship Index and the excellent Nihon Kaigun website which now lists the TROMS for a large number of Japanese Merchant Ships

I look forward to seeing the new copy of your book. A fitting companion to my copy of Truk: A diver's guide by Roy Smallpace (ISBN 0-946020-22-1)

Jim S
Post Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:29 pm
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IJN Merchantmen sunk in Kwajalein:

Southern Atoll shipwrecks:
Akibasan Maru 375 ft. overall length
Asakaze Maru 424 ft.
Choko Maru 340 ft
Ikuta Maru 302 ft.
Shinsho Maru 373 ft.
Tateyama Maru 340 ft.


Northern Atoll Shipwrecks:
Eiko Maru No.2 340 ft.
Kembu Maru 397 ft. ex. Federlock HMS


Hope this helps you out.


Bob Pink. :wave_1:
Post Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:00 pm

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