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Postby GrantJ » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:39 pm

When Hasegawa brought out their 1/350 kit of the Akagi with all the extra photo-etched sets I wanted one so badly but the total cost of the kit plus extras was way out of my budget. Since then I have wanted to build a model of the Akagi so when De ago released it i knew I had to have one but unfortunately was only ever available in the UK :(

A couple of months ago De ago announced they would start selling the Akagi here in South Africa so after a few months wrestling with my conscience and twisting my own arm I have finally given in to the temptation and taken the plunge :D :D :D

i was fortunate enough to be able to get the first 4 issues (all they currently have in stock out here) so I rushed out today and collected them.

I am very happy with the way they have packaged the issues and the quality seems to be very good. Some of the white metal bits have some flash on them but thats to be expected with the moulding process (nothing a quick run over with a blade and file wont cure)

i have just unpacked the four envelopes and am now looking at all the shiny new bits :D :D :D

My plan on this build is to do it in conjunction with a copy of Hasegawas instructions and add bits of extra detail when its needed

And now for all the shiny bits - Pack 1


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Pack 2

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Pack 3

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Pack 4

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Fortunately I have all the keel pieces so will start laying that down tomorrow night - unfortunately the instruction manuals have been e-mailed to my work email so will have to wait until morning to get them :D
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby mike » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:53 pm

Hi Grant
I do envey you and Martin building the Akagi
I promised my mrs i won't build anymore partworks till iv'e finished the one's ive got :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead:
I will be a regular reader of your updates

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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby Eric » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:50 pm

Excellent!

I am looking forward to seeing this model come together.

Have a K for starting your diary grant. :clap:
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby casper » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:54 am

Going to be a very interesting build Grant, never done a battle ship before myself so i,m looking forward to seeing it come together.
Julian is doing a great job on the Hood. Have a build starter K mate :D
I will be putting some pics up when i get chance of some ship models i saw in a Boat museum, they may be of interest. They include the Falklands HMS Ariadne and HMS Illustrious
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby GrantJ » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:15 pm

Thanks for the encouragement guys! :D :D

Casper those are some really nice models you took photos of - very impressive!
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby GrantJ » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:34 pm

Time to get this build going! :D :D :D

i am goiong to work through all the hull pieces first and get that laid up and glued and then go back and work on the white metal parts

First thing was to get the trusty building board cleaned off and mark a centreline down the middle for lining up the keel plates.

I am going to work through each issues wooden parts and clean them up and dry fit them together to make sure all parts fit neatly. Once I have all the parts to make up the hull framework ready I will then start gluing them down.

i have noticed that some of the keel plates are slightly warped so will have to take extra care in screwing them down flat on the building board. once the fames are glued in place it will straighten out any warps in the wood.

Heres part ! parts pieced together

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In part 2 is the first of the keel plates - i have measured and marked a centre line down the middle so that when it gets screwed to the building board it ensures the keel is perfectly straight

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Now the rest of part 2 pieces are added to the previous parts (all just dry fitted)

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Part 3 contains another keel plate so once again it needed a centre line adding

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All part 3 pieces now added to the build

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Part 4 pieces added to the hull framework - these parts really lock together well . The two pieces lying on the side need to be glud to one of the formers but for now wont be needing them

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Part 5 has a third keel plate - same story adding centre line then dry fitting the balance of the pieces - its starting to get big now :D

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thanks for looking will continue more tomorrow :)
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby Eric » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:02 pm

Great start Grant.

What scale is she, 1/200 or 1/250?
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby GrantJ » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:34 am

Thanks Eric :D

She is 1/250 but is only a little shorter (the model) than the Hood

On my next entry of the build I will put a photo of the Akagi hull next to the Hood Hull for comparison.

it is a little deceiving because the Akagi has a fairly shallow hull but has a lot of structures on top of the hull - she was after all a refitted battleship with the flight deck bolted on top !!!! :lol:
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby Mark » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:56 am

Ah, ideal for conversion to rc then :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby GrantJ » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:52 pm

The thought had crossed my mind Mark but then I came to my senses :lol: :lol: :lol:

I have added the rest of the wooden frames but without gluing them yet

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Now that all the peices have been cleaned up and dry fitted its time to take it all to pieces again and to screw the keel plates onto the building board. Some of the screws are going to have to be removed when putting the last few pieces in place but hopefully by then the glued down frames will have taken out the slight warping of the keelplates


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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby casper » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:35 pm

GrantJ wrote:Thanks for the encouragement guys! :D :D

Casper those are some really nice models you took photos of - very impressive!

My pleasure Grant. sorry to interrupt your build.
I hope they were of interest to you and our other ship builders. Funny as the guy showing us round was my old Metal work teacher :o Have not seen him for 33 years. Really nice bloke and very interesting. as is your build grant. I,m watching with interest and hopefully learning something along the way.
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby DJG Downunder » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:40 am

Hello Grant,
I've looked at this kit and the Hood, but my finances don't allow for either....... but I'll be watching progress with much interest.
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby GrantJ » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:04 pm

Thanks for the K amd thank you for watching my build :D

i have now glued all the fames in place and am leaving the hull alone for a bit to allow the glue to fully cure

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The next section of the build was gluing the bow plates together and then sanding the finished block to the correct height. I have given the sides of ther block a light shaping with sanding block but will do final shaping later once the hull planking is in place

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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby Eric » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:37 pm

That bow is going to take some sanding!

You gat a lot of ship with the first issues!!
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby chill » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:42 pm

You have arms like Popeye when you finished sanding!
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby Experten » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:03 pm

That looks pretty cool! Have a K for a new build log :D :D :D !
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby GrantJ » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:30 am

chill wrote:You have arms like Popeye when you finished sanding!


As long as I dont have to eat spinach!!!!!!! :lol:

Now theres another good reason for doing partworks models - you dont need to spend money going to a gym seeing as you get all the exercise you need sanding down your model so effectively partworks is saving you money!!!!!!:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby Eric » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:13 am

Hmmm, not sure I could sell that idea to SWMBO....she'd never buy it!
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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby GrantJ » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:36 pm

WARNING!WARNING!WARNING! To anyone building the Akagi (Martin this is for you! :lol: )

After gluing the bow plates together as per the instructions I then tried to place the finished block on the model only to discover that once it is lined up square with the front frame that the bottom section is way out of line with the keel plate (about 5 mm! :angry-banghead: ) This can be seen in my previous two photos.

I have no idea how this happenned as i took care in lining the bow plates up as i glued them down but the milk is spilt so no point in crying :lol: :lol: :lol:

My advice would be when gluing the bow plates together to do it on the hull and take extra care in lining them up!!!!!!!!

My cure for this is to pack up the bow sides with strips of wood (ex Victory bits :lol: ) and once its all dry then will do a major sanding session and shape the block to size.(I may well need to take some Popeye spinach after all :lol: :lol: :lol: )

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Re: Grant's Akagi

Postby GrantJ » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:47 pm

As promised here is a size comparison between the 1/250 Akagi and the 1/200 HMS Hood

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