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Greetings!

First post here, hope for many more.

Recently I decided I wanted to build IJN Kongo in a smaller scale than usual. Mostly just for fun to see how detailed I could go. I started with tinythingamajigs gorgeous 3d printed Kongo; in the high def black. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. It does hog a bit but I used a piece of stainless steel bar stock, wired it down flush, and heated it with steam, then cooled it quickly. Flattened right out.

I scratch built the lower hull and used the rudders and screws from F-toys. I considered using photoetched brass for the screws but could find anything with 3 blades. I think the effect is there.

Railings are photo etched brass and I added as much as possible. Awning supports are photo etched stainless steel and the awning wire and all rigging is Modelkasten tungsten wire. The rest of the details are photoetched odds and ends. The Mitsubishi f1m is photo etched stainless steel from Steel Golem.

Once it was all done, I primed and airbrushed. Some weathering and a wash or two and here she is:

























Thanks for looking!

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WOW!!!! Beautiful work!
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Wow is right!
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Thanks guys!
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That's just stunning! Belongs under glass for sure!
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Thanks!! I'm really glad you guys enjoy. I usually model in 1/700 scale but I wanted to do something a bit smaller to see what I could get away with.
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Could have sworn I saw captain Tanaka in one of those photos, it's so lifelike!
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Where did you get all the photo-etched stuff? Really interested in where you got the material to make this happen.

Wonderful model, best I've seen in this scale thus far Smile
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Where did you get all the photo-etched stuff? Really interested in where you got the material to make this happen.


+1....and "gadzooks, that's awesome"!
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The underwater portion of the hull is scratchbuilt. I used plastic, wood (spacers), brass, and the screws from an F-toys 1/2000 Kirishima. I used them because I couldn't find anything in photoetched brass that would work for 3 -blades screws. I usually use antennas from 1/700 German radar for 4-bladed screws. Could be a bit finer but I'm happy with the result.

The railing is from Tom's Modelworks. It's 1/1250 railing but the difference between 1/1800 and essentially 1/1300 is only 28%, and being this small, no one would ever notice unless I told you it was the case.

The rest of the PE comes from my scrap box. Years and years of 1/700 ship building will net you a shed-load.

Rigging is Modelkasten tungsten wore specifically for ship rigging.
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You blew everyone else out of the water. (pun intended) That is some amazing work you did on such a small scale ship. Someone needs to call up Danaussie and share him this post.
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Well I'm just glad you guys like it. I knew you guys would be familiar with all the tinythingamajigs ships as well as the other offerings on Shapeways.

I'm really excited because Flyhawk, a company pretty famous in the 1/700 world for making epically beautiful kits and photo etched details, is doing a 1/2000 full hull series. I've seen the kits and they're stunning. They're doing Bismarck, Tirpitz, Scharnhorst, and Gneisenau first. Some great detailing opportunities there! Flyhawk themselves told me that'd be released this year. Can't wait.

I might consider doing Ise next, in the same fashion as Kongo. I'm thinking 1/700 IJN carrier antenna masts would make excellent 1/1800 IJN Ise searchlight platform supports. That'd look really sweet. I'd need to measure.

Here are some of my 1/700 ships in case some of you are interested.

HMS Montagu as she looked with the Mediterranean fleet in 1905. The kit is from Combrig, all resin. I kept the hull, funnels and gun turrets and scratch built the rest. Masts, fore and aft superstructure, all had to be rebuilt. The kit parts were just too basic.







HMS Orion 1/700, as she appeared in 1912. Not quite as much scratch building here but some.





1/700 USS Helena PG-9 as she appeared in 1900



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Some 1/2400 ships from GHQ

The Akagi model has the hull from GHQ, the deck from SG and the rest I scratch built. Wasn't a fun project, and wound up being far more expensive than it should have been.

The Alaska's underwater hull portion was scratch built.

Scharnhorst as she looked at the Battle of the North Cape








USS Guam


Akagi








Scharnhorst at the North Cape






USS Alaska CB-1 full hull










Alaska's Screws
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Amazing work, truly... I would love to know what you use for brushes/paint to get that detail for that scale.
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Thanks!

I use Vallejo, airbrushed. Then I cut in with very fine brushes. I use a poly blend black primer, airbrushed on, then underwater portion is painted in whatever antifowling color is required, masked off and left masked. Then I do decks, then hull and superstructure. I try to build as much as possible before painting.

I use a thinned AK wash because I like how it flows. Washes have to be oil based in my opinion, eliminates the surface tension issue and puddling. I thin the AK with brush thinner.
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I need an emoticon with a jaw about 6 posts down.  This is seriously some amazing work... thanks for sharing.

Now if someone can find my painting ego, I think it just shriveled up and faded away.
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I don't know...

I'm just not seeing the effort.  

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Thanks guys! I'm just glad you're all enjoying them.

As for painting, a good primer and a good airbrush will take you into a whole new realm. White primer sucks and doesn't bring out the color realistically, I use very dark grey, almost black on every model, even if the top coat will be white.

I also never ever use pure black or pure white, I always use various shades of grey. The hull of the Helena model is grey, but you're eye is fooled into thinking its white. Very dark grey or very light grey will look far more realistic.

Same goes with all colors, bright colors are no bueno.

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