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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:28 am 
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Ed R wrote:
You are correct that Shinano never had an air group assigned but the ship did conduct some aircraft trials underway that involved aircraft landing and launching. I believe one of the aircraft was a "Grace" torpedo bomber.

She did, however have, Hikochos (Air Officers) assigned:

(Equipping Officer) - CDR Sakinaga Yoshiro (54) - 15 September 1944 - 1 October 1944
(Equipping Officer) - LCDR Shiga Yoshio (62) - 1 October 1944 - 19 November 1944
LCDR Shiga Yoshio (62) - 19 November 1944 - 29 November 1944

According to Enright's book Shinano!, Shiga was not aboard for the final voyage; he was waiting for the ship in Kure.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:35 am 
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how hard is the hasegawa shinano (to me he seem easier to build than the fujimi one)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:33 am 
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Hasegawa is 1/450 vs Fujimi 1/700. Hasegawa is larger, but the Fujimi is a NEXT (snap-together) kit. Couldn't say.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:48 pm 
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I haven’t built the Fujimi kit, but I can say that the newer Hasegawa 1/450 is way better than the old one that came out decades ago and is the best large scale (larger than 1/700) version out there. This is my second attempt at building the kit because the first one ended in disaster (I was rushed to complete it before a big move). I wish there was a dedicated photo-etch set for it, but I’ve been making do with using parts from other 1/450 photo-etch sets. I’ll post photos when I’m done.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:53 pm 
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Question for the IJN carrier aficionados - what deck markings would Shinano most likely have? I understand this is going to be somewhat debatable given the lack of information. The newer Hasagewa and Fujimi kits have a single dashed line down the flight (consistent with Zuikaku and Zuiho during their fateful sortie to Leyte), but older kits have multiple white lines down the long axis of the deck and the alternating white/red strips at stern end of the flight deck. Or, is this something that is up to interpretation and/or artistic license? Thanks.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:18 pm 
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It's all conjecture. She was not operational when sunk, so chances are that final markings were not yet in place.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:47 pm 
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Dan K wrote:
It's all conjecture. She was not operational when sunk, so chances are that final markings were not yet in place.


Makes sense. Thanks for the sanity check!


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