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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:58 pm 
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Makes sense, thanks for the info guys. The same thing happens with the hull reds I presume.

So changing the topic a bit, I'm also planning on doing a late-war fit of a Kagero-Class but in 1/700. The newest mold is the Fujimi Next, but I am not sure how good it is, being snap-fit and all. Maybe an older mold is better? :scratch: I know about the Yugumo with the Kagero deck but not about the normal Kagero one, so that's why I ask. Also, any idea for a good PE set to replace the over scaled parts on this kit? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:22 pm 
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I have the both the Fujimi "regular" Yukikaze kit and their Yugumo NEXT kits (which is only missing the Kagero class bridge pieces to qualify as a Kagero class kit) and IMHO, the NEXT kit is superior in terms of detail and sharpness. Plus the hull lies flat. I had used the Aoshima hull and a Fujimi regular kit aft deckhouse for a build of Isokaze in late 1944 (gallery to be posted eventually), but that was before the NEXT kit came out. Doing it again, I would definitely use the NEXT late war hull, though that degaussing cable pattern precludes Isokaze.

Now, having said that, the ideal would be to kit-bash the Fujimi regular and NEXT kit parts. Which is pretty much what I'm doing in a very slow, very low priority side build. The NEXT hull and aft deckhouse are clearly superior, the bridge likely so. OTOH, the regular kit funnels and RDF compartment don't have the sink holes that the NEXT kits has, and the funnels are superior. Plus, the regular kit waterline plate fits almost perfectly (see below). If you are going to use styrene masts, then the regular kit parts are better scaled.

It is a bit of a pain to eliminate all the holes in the decking where the NEXT small parts go, but one could actually glue in those next parts and then slice them off at the deck level, before inserting and/or gluing the deck piece into the hull There are plenty of good aftermarket styrene accessories for things like 25mm AA, davits, boats, etc.

As far as PE goes, Fujimi's own set for the NEXT kit looks decent. Five Star also makes a regular and an "easy" full PE set for the Fujimi kit, and these are likely superior to the Fujimi set. (For the life of me, I can't see what the difference between the two Five Star sets are.) The only qualifier for all of these PE sets is that these all use solid splinter shielding around the 25mmAA positions, when in fact they were just canvas covered railings.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:34 pm 
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Versus similar work on the regular Fujimi kit, which needed extra work to flatten, and needed a customized waterline plate.

Of course, my experience may not be shared by others. Feel free to chime in :smallsmile:


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To me it is a surpise that No. 2 funnel is painted white on all 3 destroyers. I wonder if that is correct and if yes were these funnels painted white on all destroyers taking part in this operation?


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 8:30 am 
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To me it is a surpise that No. 2 funnel is painted white on all 3 destroyers. I wonder if that is correct and if yes were these funnels painted white on all destroyers taking part in this operation?

Wasn't just DDs...a photo taken of Nachi during this period also shows her aft funnel painted white.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 10:27 am 
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If these were runs to Kolombangara in the Jan 22-24, 1943 timeframe, they were likely not troop evacuations, but transport runs with equipment, fuel & ammunition for the airfield under construction there. Unfortunately they were interdicted by USN surface units and a/c & most of the materiel destroyed or rendered useless.

But, wherever this was taken, I must say it's pretty hard to believe they would have towed that daihatsu (or whatever it is) at high speed for any length of time...

I think MYOKO may have also had a funnel painted white at some point (later) in her wartime career. But I can't swear to it just now. I have one photo that suggests it, but it is not a good image & I cannot tell the exact date or location.


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