Topic at Hand musings of the 1/700 Pit Road MUSASHI
Weather at the present. It's 20 degrees C. Cloudy mostly. There was a little bit sun today.
To begin with this kit, I'm no MUSASHI expert. Nor am I as knowledgeable about the epic Battle of Leyte Gulf and all it's sub battles as I'd like to be.
But what I've seen with this kit is an eye opener for sure. To start. The box art. A benign picture of MUSASHI simply sailing at sea. No American or allied aircraft are in pearl. The box art of Pit Road 1945 YAMATO has all of his guns blasting away at everything in the air. A far better box art picture; but I'm just a MUSASHI fan.
The hull of this model is very nice. I'm a believer that once you do water line you never go full hull again. Until maybe now. I think I'll do this ship with the full hull. The plating detail is so nice. Water line option is there for those who wish.
Further this hull has no flattened stern. It's more pointed. New information perhaps?
In this massive box, (biggest I've ever seen in a 1/700 model ship kit), there are lots of squiggly lines everywhere. (Read Japanese). The glossy paper is still very easy to read and English when needed is there. The kit comes with a Japanese only booklet regarding the MUSASHI. It's sad because it looks like interesting reading. Looks to me that your humble narrator will be hitting up my favorite Japanese restaurant this up coming Saturday for a delicious lunch and translations.
This kit contains of 400 parts. Lots wont be used thanks to Nano dread replacements. Some parts are extremely small. No real flash at all. Everything comes up nicely packaged.
There is no life boats supplied. MUSASHI carried at least 14 of them. Installed, you wouldn't see them anyways, so perhaps that's the reason Pit Road never furnished them.
Two float planes are provided. You get one each, of an E13A1 and a F1M2. Odd. I'll check the spares box for extra F1M2's. I wished Pit Road had added an extra couple of planes. Very small problem. Also, oddly enough, the model comes with sand bags. Nice touch but they are all the exact same shape and stacking. I'll make my own out of putty and one ripped hair out of my girl friend's head. If I survive the encounter I'll let you know
It looks to me that Pit Road has had their hands on the Book "Battleships YAMATO and MUSASHI" by Messieurs Skulski & Draminski. (I got my copy just yesterday). Weather it's the book or the model company, small and interesting details are included in this kit. Depth charges are supplied, as well as the two 12cm rocket launchers. The TROM Gods, even they can't give a definite answer if MUSASHI carried these useless weapons or not. Maybe yes, maybe no. Pit Road supplies them anyways. Modeller can decide to install them of not. I went Nano Dread and ordered their rocket launcher set.
In closing, there is only one disappointment I can see with this kit. The aircraft handling deck. I wish that Pit Road had made the deck with recessed panel lines. Volley ball nets everywhere! These over scaled lines can however, be easily scribe and sanded down.
I think anyone interested in the MUSASHI or his brother, will be very impressed with this kit. I see of late Fujimi and Aroshima have made 1/700 models of these leviathans also. I'm sure their kits are good also. I just chose Pit Road all the same.
Happy D Day Anniversary Everyone,