I finally started working on my trumpeter 1/700 Enterprise, this time i decided to video log the build. I will probably divide the build into 4 videos: island, hull+hangar, paint, accessories (AA guns, air wings) + sea base, and when i finish a video, it will be updated here. You can also follow me on twitter or youtube for more frequent updates.
This will be my first carrier model, and i intend to give my best on this legendary ship!
Conclusion: This is by far the most difficult build i’ve done so far. Started 24-Oct-2020, slightly surreal to me it’s finally finished! Despite the difficulties, i really enjoyed the build, and the result far exceeded my expectations. I’m super thankful that nothing went wrong during the painting process, if i damaged the model beyond repair i might be devastated XD.
And I must say Takao class does look very amazing and menacing, and the blue from the ocean really brings it to life! I also must mention that I learned a lot from Studio Blue Ocean (YouTube), whom inspired me to put more effort into ocean base, I spend a week on it with multiple layers, really like how it turned out, the vivid blue is very satisfying to look at in person.
Also i know the scout planes are supposed to be scouting haha, i just find the model looks more complete with the aircrafts.
About the kit: Fujimi kit’s has always been up there, although details are not as sharp as those on the newer tooled 1/700 ships (flyhawk, veryfire etc.), but it does provide a very solid foundation for improvements. Also anyone wishes to build a 1937 Takao (1st refit) could use this kit, because other than some minor details, i did pretty much built a 1937 Takao.
Known mistakes i’ve made:
Hull panel lines are not accurate
didn’t use the corret PE for bridge window
possibly many incorrect vent placements on deck, i merely replaced the kit’s moulded vents
Wake pattern isn’t realistic
Despite the mistakes, i’m still very proud of the result. This build has the most detailing work i’ve ever done. The introduction to 3D printing has showed me many possibilities, i look forward to using it more on future builds.
In my opinion, Takao class is the best looking heavy cruiser from ww2 era, very iconic, so Takao class has always been on my must build list, when I saw this Fujimi Chokai kit on sale I immediately grabbed it. It was only after I realized there was no comprehensive PE sets for this ship (Among the 4 sister ships, flyhawk left her out….).
The massive bridge is pretty complicated, after getting used to building destroyers and the Tenryu in 2020, which had tiny bridges, this was a change of pace for sure. Here I can only roughly describe what i did, because i keep adding little bits and pieces onto it without documenting it too well.
That’s all for part 1. It’s already a pretty long post, perhaps i need to do 3 parts for this build. Part 2 will probably focus on the hangars and turrets, and part 3 will be painting and rigging.
Only rigging and weathering remains to be done. Weathering is pretty minimal for 1/700 scale, and rigging is hard to capture with camera, so ill leave it here, hope you enjoyed looking at this build and look forward to the final result!
This was supposed to be a ‘fast stash clear’ build (started in June 2020). But i haven’t had much time to model, and as time dragged on, i started to pay more attention to details, and attempted new techniques, so this project might take a while to complete….
The kit is decent (made in 2015), my complaints are: – Anchors are molded onto hull – PE funnel caps requires folding to achieve the desired height – bridge’s conning tower is moulded in halves, difficult seam line.
Due to me had a very memorable Tenryu game when i started playing WoWS, i decide to make the WoWS Tenryu instead of the kit’s 1940+ Tenryu. The main modifications i must make is the bridge (more exposed with canvas roof), and mid ship structure is not joined. From my limited research, WoWS Tenryu seems to be modelled after what she looked like in 1926.
IJN yukikaze, Kagero class, one of the well-known destroyers in WWII, also called the lucky destroyer due to surviving numerous major battles while being relatively unharmed, after the war she was transferred to ROC and served until 1966.
Due to carelessness, i mixed thinner containing alcohol with lifecolor acrylic paint, the result was dark, sticky paint that nearly ruined the model. Lesson learned: should always test spray when using a product for the first time. I managed to paint a third layer, covering up the mistake, but it also made some thin PE details look very thick.
First time weathering with oil paints, i think it turned out well. I was surprised how well oil paints sticks to the model, most of the white color was oil paint, they paint much better than the tamiya xf2 white, which gives me headache sometimes.
I added spare motor boats as the kit didn’t come with any. The motor boats are a bit larger than what they should have been, i would switch them out when i find suitable ones.
Overall if ignoring the paint clogging some of the detail, the model turned out pretty nice, maybe i could of painted the AA guns in a lighter color so it would be more visible.
Ocean Base: On December 2020 months after the build, i decide to make my first ocean base and i chose Yukikaze to be the ship! I follow the guide made by Jim Baumann, and it turned out beyond my expectation!
As the first base i made there are mistakes, the most obvious one is that there shouldn’t be wierd double waves, It was too late when i realized the issues so i just went with it. I should also improve the bow wave next time, it’s abit too far ahead of the bow and spread out too much. Unlike the guide i didn’t use cotton or fluffs, personally i dislike how waves made out of cotton looks. Instead i just use tissue paper hardened with super glue. I used to prefer waterline models without ocean base for the clean look, but after making one myself it changed my perspective. Ships do look better with oceans after all!
This Flyhawk Kit is very detailed, i was really impressed by the detail on the pom-pom guns, not much aftermarket needed (only needed davits, reels and chains). Did scratch made the crest from a ship porthole PE piece, i’m very happy with the result. I really look forward to future Flyhawk kits like the KMS Gneisenau and HMS Illustrious.