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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:43 pm 
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Thank you, Timmy. I had missed them. This looks like probably the best rendition of a Japanese aircraft carrier in 1/350. As Dan noted, they hit all the high points. It will most likely be quite expensive, but from what they've shown, well worth the price.


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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2021 10:36 am 
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I saw this posted over on SteelNavy. 1st in the box look at the VeryFire 1-350 Taiho kit. Not sure if the presenter is from VeryFire, or just closely linked to them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMsfMFlAchs


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For a 1/700 Taiho, I know Tamiya's old kit won't hold a candle to Fujimi's current offering in terms of detail, but is the Tamiya kit fundamentally sound in overall shape/size accuracy?


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They are far from identical, but I do think the Tamiya kit has held up reasonably well. In many ways, the kit is more sharply molded than the Fujimi version. I don't have measurements readily available, but there are subtle differences in length and width. Obviously, the older deck is not planked, and the island follows the traditional stacked deck configuration, with no (possibly internal) sloping deck.

The biggest omission that comes to mind is the lack of the aft, starboard boat storage tunnel that lay between the upper hangar deck and the outer hull. Not a deal breaker.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 4:46 pm 
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Tamiya kits, even old ones, are sharply moulded and do stand up well even today, hence I asked to see if this is one of the better ones that fit that description :big_grin:

You say the older deck is not planked, is it conclusive now that this was the case for Taiho? I'm also curious about this sloping island deck.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 9:14 pm 
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Well, some folks will not be satisfied until Taiho is found and dived on for conclusive evidence of her flight deck, but, as I posted on p1 of this thread, a photograph surfaced some years ago which has been verified as taken on board Taiho, showing a planked flight deck: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=22885#p377409

The postwar USN Technical Mission to Japan conducted extensive interviews and analysis, drawing up a set of plans for Taiho. Her bridge shows a sloped deck, possibly internal, abutting the funnel uptake. This is the reference upon Fujimi based its version. It remains a subject of debate.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 12:50 pm 
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Dan K wrote:
...the deck was subsequently painted black at Tawi Tawi


I know there's probably no definitive answer to this, but would that be just the planked section painted black? Or the entire flight deck including elevators, edges/gutters, and the steel areas at bow and stern painted uniform black? And presumably the flight deck markings would be preserved and/or reapplied?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:25 pm 
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There's just no way to know how extensive the black paintover would be. You guess will be as good as anyone's. I doubt that the flight deck markings would be painted over. Just seems unlikely. Those were already minimized, and the air crews inexperienced.


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I just put in a pre-order for the Very Fire 1/350 Taiho DX kit from HLJ. With all the resin and etch included, $227 seems like too good of a deal to pass up. I just hope the exchange rate doesn't spike when they become available.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:40 pm 
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Ditto that. :-)


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Very Fire's 1/350 Taiho's released, and Hobby Search has the instructions scanned for your reviewing pleasure: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10789054

8 planes included, 2 of each type. No complete hangar deck, but a pretty detailed elevator well with one end open.

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Timmy C wrote:
Very Fire's 1/350 Taiho's released, and Hobby Search has the instructions scanned for your reviewing pleasure: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10789054

8 planes included, 2 of each type. No complete hangar deck, but a pretty detailed elevator well with one end open.


If this Taiho kit is the latest available in any scale, I'll consider it as my best reference for modifying my old school Tamiya 1/700 scale Taiho.

"Latest " is the key word.


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I'm not sure you're gonna get more "latest" than two-three weeks ago...

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