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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:06 am 
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Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum but not the hobby. I have been building plastic models on and off since 1972. One of my projects (1/72 scale Revell E-boat) was published in Scale Modeler last year after it won 2nd placing in one of the Regional IPMS meets.

I am posting this project showing the IJN Haruna (1/700, Fujimi) with an escort sub-chaser W20 leaving Brunei Bay for Singapore after the Battle of Leyte Gulf. I detailed both vessels with Tom Modelworks photo-etch parts. The Fujimi Haruna needed a lot of re-work since it is an older kit. I had to reconstruct parts of the bridge, added spars for the main and secondary masts and re-constructed the funnels where I had to slice off the molded tower supports.I also re-surfaced the float plan deck to look like the linoleum boards (the kit came with the same wooden plank texture as the rest of the main deck). It is not perfect but it resembles the historic Haruna a lot more than the orignmal kit configuration.

The little sub-chaser came from the Tamiya "IJN Auxiliary Vessels". I changed the turrets to the more accurate open backed configuration from Pitroads and phto-etch parts scrounged from various IJN kits. I wanted to show the scale of the Haruna as compared ot this little vessel.

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 Post subject: Re: IJN Haruna in Borneo
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:01 pm 
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A crisp clean beautiful build well done! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:25 pm 
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Super job!!!! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:10 pm 
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Nice work :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:21 pm 
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sometimes even with an old kit such as this one you can end up with a neat model, great on the waves :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:52 am 
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Looks Great!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:56 am 
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Welcome to our forum! I liked your S-boat conversion article a lot! (We don't get to see too much naval stuff in FSM ever since Jeff parted from the magazine!)
Nice work on the Haruna, too! Hope to see more from you around here!
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:wave_1: :welcome: :welcome: to modelwarships.com!!

That is a fine and atmospheric rendering!

Looking forward to seeing more of your work here at MW.com

best wishes

Jim Baumann :thumbs_up_1: :wave_1:

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Hello and :welcome: to the forum!
I like your rendering of Haruna and the little escort. Haruna looks very dangerous :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:31 pm 
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Hello everyone,

Thanks for your feedback. This forum is great. Now I feel like when I build these little ship models in my workshop, I have a world-wide audience to cater to.

Next project finishing soon is USS Iowa (1044 config.) with a Fletcher class destroyer bombarding Japanese coastal defences at Leyte Gulf. I will post the pictures as soon as they are available.

Meanwhile, here are a few more shots of lady Haruna.

Best regards....Paul Ooi :big_grin:


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File comment: Close-up of aft section. After I had finished this section, I realized that the shape of the floatplane deck in the old kit was incorrect but the re-work would have destroyed more than improve. Well, maybe next time....
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File comment: Close-up of middle section. I had to re-position the search lights to reflect the late war configuration and used Pit-road and left-over Aoyama parts for the 120mm guns.
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File comment: Close-up of forward section. I added styrene sheets to close off the unused gun ports.
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1/700 IJN Chitose (carrier version)
1/700 USS S. Dakota & USS Washington

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