I really need to stop starting projects and never finishing them...
Posted by Don Murphy on October 11, 2010, 9:24:11
I was under the impression that all I needed to do with Kirishima was "finish" her. I had a lot more work to do on her than I thought. She is the 1/700th scale Fujimi kit of Japanese battleship IJNS Kongo. The kit depicts Kongo in 1944 at the time of her sinking. I was almost done with her and had even laid down photoetch, then I decided to backdate her to be her sister, Kirishima. Kirishima of course, is the battleship that got on the wrong end of USS Washington during Guadalcanal. The main differences appear to be less guns. So I set about removing guns, gun tubs, fire control radar and other stuff so that I could make her a 1942 Kirishima instead of a 1944 Kongo. It was there that I stopped. |
I completely forgot that I now had to repair the damage from removing parts and that I had to rearrange the boats, towers, etc. And of course touch up paint. Certain items changed positions which I missed. Just because Kirishima had only four twin 5 inch mounts instead of six, doesn't mean they were in the same place. Ooops. Then I realized why I had stopped. I had not gone through all my Kirishima photos. Damn. I re-situated the guns correctly and removed all/most of the damage that I had caused removing them. Touch up paint went well giving a patchy appearance, which I want. Kirishima had been at sea non-stop since Pearl Harbour, so she was pretty much a "rust-bucket" by the time of Savo Island.
The places near the bridge are scratchbuilt after I tore out the gun positions. I'll need to put rails on there again. The black stripes are windows. I need to glue the grey frames over them sometime this week. I've started the rigging as well. Luckily, Kirishima left her float planes at home for her Savo Island sortie. So I won't need to build three 1/700th scale bi-planes! The flat paint I used for the catapult tracks and anchor chain turned out to be glossy so I'll need to use some dull cote one of these days.
"Shitawa! Washington is on our Starboard side. Oh wait...it's not November yet..." Trumpeter's USS Washington makes an appearance as well. Weatherdeck blue and Haze grey have been laid down rather sloppily for now. She built in a day but the photoetch will be a pisser. It's the full White Ensign set. Ay chihuahua. For Kirishima I just banged together some rails and ladders from other sets. By the way, my "ocean" is the green cover over my new pool table.
Tamiya's USS Indianapolis (also in 1/700th scale) made an appearance on the work bench. I laid down some Haze grey just for test purposes. I'm using the Tom's Modelworks photo etch set which is pretty tiny but has just enough stuff for this tiny scale. Just have to finish the main superstructure and add the radars and then she'll be finished. Ha ha.
Kongo was one of the primo Fujimi "Sea Waves" kits and they are pretty pricey. Unless you reeeeeeeeeeeeally gotta have a Kongo/Kirishima, I'd stay away. The fit is easy but the detail is lacking. The Washington is one of the newer Trumpeter kits and she has easy buildability with no fit problems. The guns are a bit under-detailed but nothing you can't live without.