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I call these projects as palette-cleansers between more complicated builds.

They take a day or two and just for fun. I have built a salvaged turret like this a while ago, and here is another one of the series: the salvaged battleship bow. Idea is to show something on a very small scale, and with a small footprint as a model but still to convey a sense of scale of a battleship. As a side goal, to practice weathering techniques, hull detailing (plates), and scratch building overall. Some day I'd like to build a salvaged wreck of battleship Mutsu - thus a project like this is also a good practice for the real deal. This is of course fictional - Haruna, was broken up in situ in Kure. 

The bow was made from resin, cast in a mold of Hasegawa's Kirishima kit that lacked detail and was just sitting collecting dust. No plastic kit was hurt in making of this project! The process turned out fairly simple, and while there is some distortion - it is hidden by the fact that this is, a wreck and distortion is par for the course I guess on a wreck. 

Inspiration was Marijn Van Gils' beautiful Amagi diorama in Kure, the muted green colors of the lower hull (as on Haruna) and the thick tidal patterns on the hulk all rather fascinating, telling a story of a fallen giant and waste of war. I tried to replicate these features on Haruna's bow here, as well as the brutal hull break - and the interior that is detailed using foil, wires, and some PE doors. I also simulated the bomb damage to the port side.

Displayed next to a crane and tugboat - machinery not strangers to the port - the sense of scale hopefully is conveyed well. Perhaps one day it would make way into a proper diorama.
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Love it!! Fantastic. :thumbs_up_1:

Very reminiscent of Mutsu's bow salvage.

A wonderful concept - the palette cleanser.


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That is great! Inventive and well done.

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What a brilliant idea! You will get to practice various techniques....and the end result will be a beautiful and poetic diorama :-)
One question: I have seen online clips of Haruna on the bottom of Kure harbour, and she definitely has a green 'tinge' to her paint. Do you know that she was in fact painted green, as opposed to the green appearance being possibly a result of the film?

Either way, your model looks fantastic!


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MartinJQuinn wrote:
That is great! Inventive and well done.

Thank you!

Dan K wrote:
Love it!! Fantastic. :thumbs_up_1:
Very reminiscent of Mutsu's bow salvage.
A wonderful concept - the palette cleanser.

I am happy to say that since this project was built few months ago, I have indeed procured for myself a 1:700 Nagato from Fujimi. It will be a perfect donor to make a mold of its various parts for Mutsu wreck - turret, bow, stern and mid sections. Someday as they say...

warspite63 wrote:
What a brilliant idea! You will get to practice various techniques....and the end result will be a beautiful and poetic diorama :-)
One question: I have seen online clips of Haruna on the bottom of Kure harbour, and she definitely has a green 'tinge' to her paint. Do you know that she was in fact painted green, as opposed to the green appearance being possibly a result of the film?

Either way, your model looks fantastic!

Thanks, to the best of my knowledge it was same as Amagi, which was indeed green. Films had bluish tinge, not green also I think. So Im like 79% confident it was green over grey (which was my base). I could be wrong, but considering I took this build into fantasy dimension, I can get away with a wrong color I hope. :D

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Fantastic, I love both the concept (so fun!) and results! Wonderful colours! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:


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marijn van gils wrote:
Fantastic, I love both the concept (so fun!) and results! Wonderful colours! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:


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