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    1/700 Tamiya Harusame

    I'm sure everyone has one or two kits that they've used to test various techniques, paints, solvents, etc. I picked up this little old kit in a huge lot I bought at a hobby shop that was going out of business. I -think- I may have paid two bucks for it. The good: - Hull shape was good - Major structures were OK - It was cheap - Molding was crisp The bad: - LOL @ the bridge windows being stickers - Turrents and other weapons (minus AA) - Masts were overscale and she at least had a dimple where the anchors should go The ugly: - Oh god. The AA. Oh god. - No one seems to have informed Tamiya that his DD had linoleum deck planking. - Depth charge racks? Nope. Those things looked more like sticks. I built this little DD out of box for a change of pace. It looked, er, simple. I ended up using the hulk to play with various weathering techniques I learned on modelwarships and shelved the little thing. After a long and frustrating (read: hexed) build of the Queen Elizabeth, I decided to try to make this poor little kit something worth looking at. I used: - Flyhawk 1/700 IJN hand rails and port holes - Tom's PE for IJN DDs and some parts off of their heavy cruier etch - Various bits of styrene - Copper wire & tubing - Pit Road 1/700 IJN bits and pieces This build really showed me how much of a joy an old kit can be. I began by completely rebuilding the bridge with 1/700 PE ladder (windows), styrene (to simulate later war plating I've seen may have been on the bridge,) and bits of Pitroad IJN equipment. Her masts were both replaced with copper to help strengthen them for rigging. All weaponry was replaced by PitRoad's excellent collection of IJN turrets, torpedoes, and AA. I have some photo etched AA, but didn't want to waste it on what essentially started as learning build. I fully intend on trying to fit her to a water base this weekend using clear resin. I'm debating if I'll have her in motion or static, as I've never really attempted a good water base. Comments, suggestions, or anything related is always appreciated. In-progress pictures.
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