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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:33 am 
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Kajika managed to produce a stellar kit that scratched two of my major itches: Japanese battleships and the Great War. Much has been said with how ridiculous Flyha--erm, Kajika's new options are, and I'll just add that they're almost entirely correct, save for a PE fret that has some fit issues along the upper deck.

I built Kongo as she may have looked in route to Japan, having recently been completed. The sea base was used to experiment with some coloring ideas and I plan to add more dimensionality to my next build with some other ideas I'm toying with. While I like foam blocks for 1/350, the waves are often waaaaay to large for a 1/700 ship.

Modified bits:
- Brass top masts and yardarms
- Added a cigarette paper-based tarp to the bridge
- Awning supports from the spare box
- Boat and crane blocks from Ocean Spirit
- Eduard figures. I got lazy with the 3D printed ones.
- Rigging from Infini line and stretched sprue.

I almost gave up the hobby and sold my stash last year, putting Kongo up on a shelf 70% completed. After several months, I started work on a 1/350 Shimakaze (with Infini PE) and found myself back in a groove. I suspended that project to get this kit done.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:08 am 
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This is a really great build. Glad you persevered and didn't give up the hobby.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:53 am 
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Great work, PetrolGator!

I seem to remember you also used an IHP kit to build the battlecruiser USS Lexington. Would be nice to see the 2 battlecruisers side by side for comparison.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:24 pm 
Why yes, I do and I can!


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Haijun watcher wrote:
I seem to remember you also used an IHP kit to build the battlecruiser USS Lexington. Would be nice to see the 2 battlecruisers side by side for comparison.

If ONLY he'd submit his finished models to the gallery, so everyone could see them. :scratch:

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MartinJQuinn wrote:
Haijun watcher wrote:
I seem to remember you also used an IHP kit to build the battlecruiser USS Lexington. Would be nice to see the 2 battlecruisers side by side for comparison.

If ONLY he'd submit his finished models to the gallery, so everyone could see them. :scratch:



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:20 pm 
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Chris, she's beautiful! Glad to hear you found your stride with ship modeling again. I've been taking a big hiatus myself in the past few years.

We don't need to lose any good modelers and people in this hobby, I hope this inspired you to hang around! Maybe I'll get to see her in person soon enough.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:13 pm 
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kylewoody wrote:
Chris, she's beautiful! Glad to hear you found your stride with ship modeling again. I've been taking a big hiatus myself in the past few years.

We don't need to lose any good modelers and people in this hobby, I hope this inspired you to hang around! Maybe I'll get to see her in person soon enough.

Kyle


Thanks man. I'm sad you're not going to be at the NOLA show this weekend.

As requested above, Lexington and Kongo, from above:

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very handsome model of as-built Kongo! :thumbs_up_1:

sharp outline and no AA clutter

Very good-- glad you are ' back i the groove ' !!

JB :wave_1:

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JIM BAUMANN wrote:
very handsome model of as-built Kongo! :thumbs_up_1:

sharp outline and no AA clutter

Very good-- glad you are ' back i the groove ' !!

JB :wave_1:


Thank you, Jim! Your generous compliments are always encouraging.

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:52 pm 
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Classic execution. Wonderful build, PG.


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O, how did I miss this one?
Glad you got it finished!
She looks beautiful, with really well-done rigging, colours and seascape. :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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Thank you, Marjin! I've purchased your book on Lexington and plan to try your weathering techniques on my new build. I absolutely love them!

Dan: Appreciate it!

Both of you: The scratch work you exhibit in 1/700 is both intimidating and motivating. Thanks for your comments!

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Gorgeous Kongo model!

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