1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

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1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:46 am

This is a project I've been working on before I joined these forums, the very first partworks kit I got sucked into-I just had to get into it. Some background info: Space Battleship Yamato is a Japanese animated series that aired in 1974 and was translated in English for the Western audience five years later under the new name of Starblazers. It tells the story of the Yamato, a starship built from the carcass of the WWII battleship, and its crew whose mission is to go to the planet Iscandar to retrieve a device which could cleanse the Earth of radiation that was left from the bombing of another alien race. The story of the Yamato spawned several movies and reboots, with the latest one being Yamato 2199, released in 2012. Yamato 2199's story continues with Yamato 2202 (2017) and the upcoming 2205. This partworks kit is based on the Yamato's design from 2202, which doesn't really deviate too much from the original design from the 70's. Hachette's Yamato 2202 run is scheduled for 110 issues, with the current issue being #62. This is what the completed Yamato will look like:

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This is where I am on this project, up to issue #55:

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All the panels are metal, so it's a heavy sumbitch.

#56 gives you one of the side torpedo tube openings and shows you what the typical fiber optic setup looks like for the lighting:

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#57 was a no build issue, it gives you a big motor for rotating one of the main guns. #58 gives you a red centerline panel and shows you how each panel is attached with its own metal bracket:

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This panel is attached to the previously shown panel with the torpedo tube openings:

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#59 is a big piece of the deck which will be the base for smaller AA guns. One of the previously assembled main guns is attached to this deck along with its motor from #57:

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#60 sets up a side panel that goes underneath the AA guns:

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That's all I got for now, but let me end with some tips that I wish I knew of before starting this build:

-Do get a long necked micro screwdriver, preferably with a magnetized tip. There are many times that a screw will have to be buried in deep, narrow spots to secure the panels.

-Long tweezers with bent curved tips come in handy when installing lighting parts.

-Pay attention to the length of the optic fibers. So far a few issues have fibers of different lengths, and it was easy to overlook which one is needed for a specific step.
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby booth » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:59 am

Thank you, I am looking forward to your build. Its looks to be a superb model
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:07 am

booth wrote:Thank you, I am looking forward to your build. Its looks to be a superb model
Well done


Thanks, so far it IS a superb model!

The Covid months have left a huge amount of my issues languishing overseas, but now they're here, so onwards we go!

#61 allows one secondary gun battery to be completed and provides fiber optic cable. There are two pairs of cable, supposedly one 35 cm in length, and the other is 30 cm. I had to measure each pair and make sure I used them in the right steps.
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My cable pairs actually measure at 25 cm and 19 cm. I used the longer pair for the appropriate step. I'm hoping this won't be a spot of trouble later.

I don't think I mentioned it before, but the circular bits that get illuminated by the cables are mega tiny and easy to lose. I highly recommend tweezers and a light hand when fitting them onto the hull parts.

#62
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#63: Starboard torpedo tube ports to be attached to a hull piece from #60. Also a magnet for the winglets (not provided yet).
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#64: A no- build issue: just a gear and a big motor.

#65: Parts to complete the torpedo tube ports from #63 and adds lighting to the assembly:
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This step had a few annoying factors going on:
1). Tiny lighting lenses
2). Optic cables of three different lengths
3). A magnet strong enough to attract the tiny screws you're trying to drill home.
4). Used parts from previous issues that I completely forgot about. Tiny parts.
5). More tiny parts to lay aside for who knows how long.
Despite this, it all went swimmingly:
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#66: Adds the bottom half of the assembly from #63:
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#67: Lighting cables and bulbous structures for the bottom half of the hull are given. Also an actual LED for an ejection port of some sort on the port side is provided:
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A lens from issue 65 was taken from its sprue here, and there are two different screw sizes to take note of. The tiny ejection port door is not on any secure hinge. It's secured and pivots by friction alone from two raised points on the upper edge. It'll stay on its own for display purposes, but I removed it for now because I fear I'll lose it during assembly. The are actually several parts like this that I set aside like the anchors and torpedo tube doors on the bow.
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On a side note, this was the first issue I ran into that didn't have any illustrations or articles from the show. Instead, I get an ad for the Blu Ray release of the anime-kinda lame.

#68: This looks like a bottom centerline panel with one lighting point-an easy step:
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The last clear lens from #65 was used and left an empty sprue.
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby steve131 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:07 pm

Looking good so far, hull looks similar to Hachette Bismarck but better fit . Enjoying this build.
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:18 am

steve131 wrote:Looking good so far, hull looks similar to Hachette Bismarck but better fit . Enjoying this build.


Thanks, steve. That Bismarck is a beast as well. Hachette must be enamoured with it having released two models of it.

#69: More bulbous structures for the bottom half of the hull, and another LED that mirrors the one from issue 67:
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#70: Parts that set up the mechanism for the torpedo tube port doors are given. A few small parts are left over for later steps.
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#71 Not a lot of parts here, just three sizes of screws and a motor for the torpedo tube doors:
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The difficulty level ramps up a bit for the assembly involved. The panels assembled from the past recent issues come together, and the small parts and metal tension cable from #70 come into play to mount a motor:
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Snaking the tension cable through the right spots and installing the stops on each end proved to be a pain. Magnetized, long necked screwdrivers made assembling the finished result a breeze:
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#72: Gives you parts for the underside fin and the base for the secondary bridge:
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Just don't be a dummy like me and almost glue the fin backwards.
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A small tip regarding the optic cables (SL and ACL): it will make things easier later on to direct those cables to go underneath the red plastic motor mount and point them towards the rear of the model.

#73 is the top portion of the second bridge and its lighting:
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#74 Works on the interior of the second bridge with parts left over for later. Also included are what look to be braces for the stands to hold up the partially assembled Yamato. It still looked precarious to me so I just left mine on its side.
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:09 pm

#75 is quite an intricate step. You'll find interior parts for the second bridge and a walkway ramp. Note the etched handrail parts. Yeah, this is gonna be fun.
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The holes where the handrails go are not uniform in depth. I had to line them up as best as I could:
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The assemblies from #72 and #74 come together:
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The ramp was tedious to put together. Not only because of those handrails, but there are also two piston-like shafts that have to be lined up at the same time when the parts come together. If all goes well, the ramp comes down when a tension cable is pulled upward:
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The finished cross section. Can't wait to clean up all those wires and optic cables:
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#76 installs the motor and lever for the cable that opens the loading ramp using parts left over from #75:
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I suggest threading the tension cable through the two parts (the gray spindle and the mount) and putting them together inside the hull. There is so little maneuvering room to thread that cable otherwise. It sure is getting messy in there:
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:35 am

#77: Steps like these are an ordeal, but oh so satisfying in the end. Pictured is one of the LED modules that illuminate all the fiber optic cables that run all over the hull:
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The cables are grouped in clusters of four and tapered down into a two part plug:
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The excess cable lengths are cut, then the plug is inserted into a specific LED module cavity. You have to make sure you have enough slack to finagle the plug into the module. The instructions say to cut 1.5 cm of excess cable to make this happen. With my ham hands, it's already difficult as it is to manipulate parts in that hull interior, so I recommend cutting even less than 1.5 cm to give yourself more flexibility in optic cable management.

Coercing the cables to go in a specific direction was made difficult by the fact that I just didn't want to break anything. I always had to find a good hand hold where I wasn't applying force to the secondary bridge or the underside fin. Getting the wires from other parts out of the way will clear the space up, but take care with the circuit boards: those solder points can be weak.

I recommend grouping and plugging the orange flagged "ACL" cables first. Plugging in the white flagged "SL" cables first will give you less room for the ACL cables to be plugged in:
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It's certainly a lot less chaotic in there now:
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#78 gives parts and three different screw sizes to assemble the base of the AA guns:
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Do not drive the screws in this step too deep:
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If they get in too tightly, the control arms won't swing easily. I don't know how strong the motor will be for this mechanism, but I erred on the side of caution and kept the screws loose enough so the arms don't come out of place.

Putting the plates in order took a bit of trial and error in making sure all the posts and pegs all lined up. If all goes well, sliding the bottom plate forward and back should rotate ALL the posts.
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#79 is all about the turrets for the AA gun deck:
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Only four are attached to the deck from issue #59. It looks like they won't be attached to the base assembled in the previous issue:
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:27 am

#80 provides the motor that will rotate the AA guns:
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The big gear and mounting plate from #78 were used. I figure this was the last chance to make sure the posts and control plate from #78 were working like they should before getting held in a fixed position by the main gear. Before securing the motor, the gear has to be fixed in this position:
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The instructions point out that the peg on the main gear has to be inserted into the slot on the control plate when securing the motor:
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Make sure the motor mounting plate is oriented correctly when attaching it to the assembly from #78:
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#81 unfortunately did not continue with the AA gun deck as I hoped. It gave another set of AA turrets and one winglet:
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Gluing the magnets is the only assembly step here. Each magnet has an "S" printed on one of its surfaces. The "S" has to pointed in a specific direction for each magnet when gluing them to the winglet, as shown by the red arrows:
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#82 gives parts for the other winglet and screws to attach the cross section that's been coming together since #56:
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It was not an easy task to get that cross section screwed together:
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It gets so heavy trying to find a position to drive screws while not breaking any exterior parts. If someone walked in on me while I was putting it together, I imagine it would look like I was playing a weird looking cello.

#83 gives parts to complete the remaining winglet, provides pieces of the AA gun deck, and allows me to partially assemble the vertical missile launcher (which on the real Yamato was a smokestack):
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I guess I was expecting a little too much in hoping that the missile launcher would have a gimmick in opening up and showing ordnance inside. Instead, I get a choice of launcher top lids, one with closed silo doors and the other showing open silo doors with minimal detail. :x

I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that all the magnets that I installed up until now were oriented correctly- the winglets hold on well:
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:26 am

It's gonna be a hell of a time trying to work in there:
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With that, I'm all out of parts for now. 27 more issues to go!
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby steve131 » Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:39 pm

Wow that was some hard work but worth it looking good. 8-)
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:06 pm

steve131 wrote:Wow that was some hard work but worth it looking good. 8-)

It sure was, and it certainly has been a fun build.

There is still a solid 1/3 of the ship left to go with only 27 issues left-this will be interesting.
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:32 am

Alright, onwards and upwards-now starting at #84!

#84 is lengthy step that deals with the assembly of the AAA gun section and the smokestack:
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There is a LED board in the smokestack which will need some delicate handling. The power supply cables will have to be bent downwards, which may force the glue holding them onto the board to break:
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The gray AAA gun base from #78 was screwed onto the deck:
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The turrets labeled as D on the sprues from #79 were assembled. Each turret has a central post piece that has to be glued in a specific orientation:
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#79's C type turrets were also assembled. All the C and D turrets plus a deck piece from #83 came together onto the main deck:
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#85 proved to be a finnicky step. First, the A and B type AAA guns from #81 were assembled:
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These turrets were attached to the AAA gun deck, and so were a couple of breadbox-shaped structures. Next, the main bridge/tower assembly all the way from #46 was secured onto the deck. This was a little troublesome since the optic and power cables for the lighting in that structure had bunched at the bottom and had to be rearranged so I could secure the tower on the deck. The gun battery from #61 was installed, and its motors from #62 and #64 were also attached beneath the deck:
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The new parts for #85 include antennas which are glued onto a deck part from #84. Conveniently, the optic cables for these parts are pre-installed, the excess just needed to be cut off from the edges:
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:02 pm

#86 - Three screw sizes and lots of small parts added up to another lengthy step devoted to the central deck:
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Construction of these missile batteries (I think that's what they are) proved to be the hardest part of this step:
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Eight AAA gun turrets were assembled. Two of those turrets and the missile batteries were attached to the antenna assembly from #85:
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Another cannon battery was assembled. The remaining AAA turrets, the cannon battery, the antenna assembly, and the completed smokestack from #84 were all secured onto the central deck. Snaking all the wiring from the smokestack through a small square hole on the deck was made easier by tightly grouping the wires using masking tape:
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#87 begins assembly of the rear of the ship, starting with the upper deck and its lighting. All the parts were in plastic baggies this time instead of the clear trays:
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I had sort of a heart stopping moment when I dropped a 1mm clear lens on the floor. I almost gave up on finding it, but after 15 minutes, I found it. I wish spare lenses were given just like the metal screws and washers. Aside from that, #87 was a simple step:
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#88 provides the motor for the cannon battery installed in #86. And now the plastic trays are back, how odd:
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Of note are two different screw shapes used in this step. The hardest part here was finding a good hand hold when screwing in the motor underneath the central deck assembly. I'm always nervous about breaking gun barrels on the previously attached AAA gun turrets:
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#89 was no build issue, it just provided the motor for rotation of the cannon battery from #86:
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#90 had me assembling one of the three shock cannon batteries, and not much else:
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:09 am

#91 gave more parts for the shock cannon battery from #90 and motor casing halves for a future issue:
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The cannon battery was secured onto the rear deck from #87. The power cables for the LEDS in the shock cannon are snaked through a rotation gear as shown below:
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#92 only gave the motor regulating cannon barrel elevation for the battery from #90, but was also a major assembly step:
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There's some power cable management that needed to be done when attaching the motor underneath the cannon battery:
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The upper rear deck was attached to the central AAA gun deck:
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It sure is getting messy down there.

#93 - When I see only one part like this being given, it can only mean one thing: hand cramps. This is the power regulation box for the central deck:
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Through much micro maneuvering, most of the power cables encountered so far were hooked up to this box, and the instructions made it clear how the box should be oriented and where each cable goes:
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Again, the challenge was finding a proper grip in securing the cables without breaking anything above the deck. Connections ports 2,4,5,and 13 were left open for now.

#94 gives another power junction box for much later I reckon. It also gives a replacement part for the center shock cannon battery. From what I can understand, this replacement part, the base of the cannon battery, will make rotation easier when the model is powered up. Frankly, I could not see the difference between the old base and the replacement, but I made the switch anyways:
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The big part of this step though is testing the lighting and motors installed in the central deck. The motors tested regulated the swiveling motion of the AAA guns and the rotation and elevation of the central cannon batteries. The lights tested involved the illumination of the tower/main bridge, the signal lights on the smokestack, and the cannon rangefinders. I'm happy to say all the lights and motors are working like they should:
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I did find some light bleed at the base of the tower assembly though, so I'll have to find a way to block it.

Those are all the issues I got for now, but the finish line is in sight!
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Mark » Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:37 am

This is looking really impressive!!
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:54 am

Mark wrote:This is looking really impressive!!


Yeah, Hachette made the mother of all Space Yamatos with this one!

I completely forgot another box I stashed away with more issues, so here it goes-

#95 was another electrical testing step, but also gave new parts:
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The power junction box from #94 was installed. I went against the instructions here and connected the wires to their respective ports before screwing the junction box inside the central hull section. Doing so gave me room to coerce the wires to where they needed to go:
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Using a switchbox from issue #35, more lighting was tested around the central hull. The motors for the torpedo tube doors assembled from #58 and #65, and also the motor for lowering the walkway from #75 were tested. Everything seems to be working so far.
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After the testing, I secured the junction box inside the hull:
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A new motor for rotating the rear shock cannon battery was installed:
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The Yamato has small Cosmo Tiger starfighters at its command which eject from a bay near the rear of the ship. Four of these fighters were assembled:
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For being mass produced at 1/350 scale, these were painted nicely.

#96 - Another power junction box and more testing:
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This junction box is for the rear of the ship. Again, I attached the wires to the box first before screwing it to the underside of the rear deck:
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Lighting for the rear deck was tested, as well as the elevation of the rear cannon batteries:
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:11 am

#97 was a big step in terms of cleaning up, with few new parts:
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The motor from #89 was finally mounted, securing the smaller cannon battery in place:
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A new LED power module was installed. I had to make sure the cluster of "ACL" and "SL" optic cables were diverted to the right of the module:
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All the cavities of the LED module were filled in:
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A new LED module meant another testing session, this time for deck lights and the lights in the main antenna array:
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Another squadron of four Cosmo Tiger fighters was assembled.

#98 didn't have a lot going on:
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With some parts left over for later, a panel for the rear hull was assembled, a bay door was glued together, and the main power cable was put together:
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:59 am

#99 gives more pieces for the rear of the ship for both the interior and exterior:
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The last cross section of the ship takes form:
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Pairs of the previously assembled fighters are secured onto pads:
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Four more fighters were assembled, and the shaft where all the fighter pads will be attached to was partially assembled:
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That's it for now, I reckon the next batch of photos will be the last.
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Ah, the home stretch:
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#100 The last squadron of four Cosmo Tiger fighters are here, as well as the other half of the fighter storage shaft from #99, and a metal exterior panel:
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All the previously assembled fighters were secured onto their pads, which was then attached to the shaft. The pads have to be attached to the shaft in a certain order, and the instructions make this clear:
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A couple of parts were left over:
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#101 Two metal exterior panels, plastic panels for the interior structure, and parts for the main "wave motion engine" were in this issue:
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There a lot of parts left over, but I reckon it will all come together rather quickly:
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:20 pm

#102 Lots of parts in this issue:
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The hangar takes shape along with the catapults:
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The starboard side of the last cross section of the ship takes shape along with its lighting using parts left from #99 and #100. There are three magnets underneath the aft torpedo launchers:
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One of the rear thrusters was assembled. There's a clear conical part that has a tight fit with the outer housing, so I had to really jam it in there to get it flush with the opening:
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Metal contacts for magnets were installed onto the previously assembled internal structures, and there were several parts left over:
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There was a replacement panel for a structure that was assembled in the previous issue. I could not spot the differences between the old and new panels, but performed the switch anyways.
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:57 am

#103 The box for this step was extra thick, and for good reason because this step is mainly about constructing the huge main thruster:
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A metal hull panel was attached to the catapult assembly from #102:
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Assembly for the three rear fins also began. The clear plastic tips fit rather loosely, so I had to file down the fin surfaces flat so they could be alinged when glued in place:
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Fin assembly was a complete pain. My suggestion for this part: see the area circled in red? A clear miniscule lens is supposed to be placed there. Add the tiniest amount of glue to that spot to secure the lens. This prevented me from losing the lens as I wrangled the optic cables to stay in place while I glued the fin halves together. Also, I recommend shaping out the optic cables so they will have a better chance of staying in their grooves as you put the fin halves together:
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A completed fin-this was assembled three times:
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A big LED board was screwed onto the main thruster assembly:
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After snaking their optic cables through, the fins were glued onto the main thruster:
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The torpedo tube doors are held shut magnetically. Although the bond is strong, I put these doors away in fear of losing them during assembly:
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LED boards and their power cables were attached to the internal panels from #102. Take note the longer cable is used for the board with two ports:
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