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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:22 pm
by Valkyrie Hunter D
#104 This was a laborious step because all the sub-assemblies built thus far finally come together. It also came with a slew of new parts:
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Putting these hull pieces needed some precision; I had to make sure the markings and panel lines matched up:
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A mounting plate was attached to the main thruster assembly:
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The thruster was screwed onto the final cross section:
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Painter's tape helped me set the optical cables aside to get a clear shot at all the screw holes inside the hull:
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The cross section from #99 was attached to the central hull:
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The rear section got mounted onto the rest of the hull:
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The underside fin from #98 finally got used:
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At this point I deviated from the script. I realized that proceeding further with the instructions would make connecting the optical cables from the stern of the ship to the lighting module installed in step #77 quite difficult. So I decided to take care of the rear lighting first. I took these parts from #106:
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With those parts I assembled the plugs which grouped the "ACL: and "SL" optical cables from the main thruster assembly. These plugs were then used to fill the last two cavities in the lighting module from #77 (circled in green):
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Installing one of the interior panels and using it as guide for the optical cables helped immensely.

Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:19 pm
by Valkyrie Hunter D
#104 Continued
After securing the optical cables, I continued following the instructions in #104. The rest of the interior panels were attached:
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The engine and the fighter storage cluster were attached to their respective bays:
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The weird thing is that the fighter storage cluster just slides in there, it's not secured by screws, nor was any glue to be used. It just sits in there.

Testing of the lights in the rear section revealed that it all went swimmingly:
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That was pretty cool to see-very satisfying!

#105 These plastic panels make up the last of the exterior panels for the rear of the ship, on the port side:
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The completed piece attaches to the model magnetically:
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It shouldn't bug me so much since it's at the bottom of the ship, but there is a gap present when the piece is attached to the model:
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Topside doesn't look too bad, but the fit could be better:
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I'm gonna have to do some massaging for a better fit.

#106 Minus the parts I took a couple of steps ago for the lighting, the parts here are for the base:
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Ha, they included this flimsy cardboard stand to support the rear of the model during assembly:
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This late in the game, there is no way I would trust this thing for support. Maybe it's a sneaky way to encourage breaking my model so I could buy more issues...

The base was almost completed:
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Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:21 am
by Valkyrie Hunter D
#107 Wiring, the speaker, and more parts for the base:
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The base is almost done:
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#108 Parts to complete the base were in this issue:
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When it came time to attach the control box, I found it easier to connect all the wires first, THEN screw it onto the base:
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The base seems sturdy enough:
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#109 I think this is quite possibly the last piece that goes inside the model-the last control module that links up with the two other modules inside the hull:
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With a little wiggle room available, I installed the control module first before connecting the cables to it:
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This is the last big assembly step, all the big pieces come together at last: the front upper deck, the rear deck with the tower plus AAA guns, and the main hull itself. This is the front upper deck, a structure that took shape from the early issues:
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I am having trouble keeping the front deck down, however. The very front tip likes to spring upwards, so I have to find a way to keep it level with the hull:
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My inelegant solution to keep the front deck down was to use cutouts of adhesive backed Velcro strips:
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I didn't want to use glue and keep the seal permanent just in case I have to fix something in there later.

Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:12 am
by Valkyrie Hunter D
#109 Continued
The Velcro worked better than I thought-the tip of the deck is staying down:
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Next, I took care of the rest of the upper deck:
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The whole structure was inserted into the hull after connecting a cable between it and the control box:
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There is a resulting gap on both sides of the ship (circled in red) that I am still trying to close. It's frustrating- after all the care that was given to fully secure the mess of cables, brackets, and motors inside, I thought there would be at least some measure to secure the upper deck for a better fit than this.

On a brighter note, once all the pieces come together, it truly makes for a spectacular sight:
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The anchors were finally looped onto their chains. The tiny, paperclip-like links tested my dexterity with tweezers:
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#110 The last issue! Well, at least as far as the Yamato is concerned. More on that in a bit. The last big issue gave me parts for the remote control:
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Very straightforward steps; insert circuit board, connect board with power supply, then close up the case:
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The completed remote control:
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It needs four AAA batteries and sadly, I cannot fire up the whole model because I am short four C batteries for the ship itself. Total buzzkill.

Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:10 pm
by Mark
Nice job with the Velcro, and Damn! Missing the batteries!

Are you going to relabel the remote, or is it a case of pressing randomly to see what happens :lol:
(Or can you read Japanese?)

Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:26 pm
by Valkyrie Hunter D
Mark wrote:Nice job with the Velcro, and Damn! Missing the batteries!

Are you going to relabel the remote, or is it a case of pressing randomly to see what happens :lol:
(Or can you read Japanese?)

I don't know any Japanese, so yeah, I'm just gonna press buttons and see which one does the coolest thing!

Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:22 am
by Valkyrie Hunter D
It felt great to finally complete the Yamato.
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The bathroom scale gave me an approximate weight of 16 lbs (7kg) for the ship plus the base. The anchors work fine, but they don't wind all the way up tightly against the hull like they should:
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The huge port side panel for the rear of the ship had pieces that were too convex right out of the box, resulting in a gap that I pointed out earlier. I was able to massage the pieces to a better shape, minimizing the gap:
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The winglets stay on securely:
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The obligatory broadside salvo shot-note the orange cautionary lights are on:
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The planet busting Wave Motion Cannon firing:
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My camera doesn't do well in low light conditions, but I tried to capture the lights in action as best I could:
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Thrusters online:
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With a sigh of relief, it was great to see all the light points working as they should:
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This photo also shows where I need to add blocking material inside the hull to stop light bleed.

Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:04 am
by Mark
Looks amazing! The lights are very effective. Particularly the thrusters.

Re: 1/350 Scale Space Battleship Yamato by Hachette

PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:37 am
by Valkyrie Hunter D
Mark wrote:Looks amazing! The lights are very effective. Particularly the thrusters.

Thanks, it does look really cool in the dark with the blinking red nav lights on, as if it was cruising in the ether of space.

I have to do some improvements to it like blocking gaps to stop the light bleed and shortening the anchor chains so they can wind all the way up. If I could only find a way to tighten up that gap between the hull and deck where the AA guns are, it would make the ship look more solid. That's my biggest complaint with the kit, the upper deck pieces need a better fitting method. Maybe it was all in the pursuit to have a cleaner and more convincing look to not have any screws on the exterior, but I would be all for four or six screws on the outside to have a more secure deck with no gaps. And I wouldn't have to rely on Velcro to have a level bow.

Also, this is arguably the most disappointing feature:
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The bay door to nowhere. It doesn't show any lighting or interior features, there is just a gray panel behind it. If they had made a peg to attach one of the Cosmo Tiger fighters on it to simulate a deployment, that would've been cool. I have a feeling there was something planned for that door, but plans got scrapped.

Another complaint-the orange wave motion engine could use a coat of paint:
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From afar it looks like my dog's chew toy was stuffed in there. It just looks real
plastick-y. Great care was taken in painting all those fighters, but nothing was done for the engine? I guess I'll just have to paint it myself.

I wish more in scale craft were included. Subscribers in Japan get a mail-in bonus of three other aircraft seen in the show, and they go for quite a price on auction sites.

Oh yeah, the issues don't stop at #110. With sixty more issues one can complete the Andromeda:
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This is a flyer that came with one of the later issues. The Andromeda is going to be even longer than the Yamato. It's massive, and I just cannot accommodate another space battleship in the house. For me, Hachette's run ends with the completion of the "Ship of Hope".

All in all, it was a great time building this beast. Price not withstanding, would I recommend it to another Yamato fan? I dunno, at 3 feet long and weighing 15lbs, it's not exactly a toy you can freely swoosh around. I would recommend Bandai's smaller Yamato toys for that; the BPX-01, the GX-57, the GX-64, and the GX-86. I owned all of those at one point. All great depictions of the Yamato, heck the GX-86 even plays music and voice clips from the show, which even Hachette's beast cannot do. So no, I would not recommend it for everyone. Bandai also released a 1/350 scale plastic kit eight years ago of the Yamato, but that kit was based on the 1970's rendition-similar in size and similar features, but different proportions. Still an excellent kit from what I've read, but it would require much more work and time from me to make it look half as good as what I have now.