1:400 GPM Hiryu

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  1. airbob

    airbob Member

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    I have begun to build my updated version of the 1:300 scale GPM model of the IJN "Hiryu" aircraft carrier...for sake of space...I needed to reduce it to 1:400 scale...this is what I have completed on the frame so far...I got it pretty straight and level....the card stock was the wall mart 110lb that was glued back to back for a pretty stiff frame...
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    Yay! An IJN Carrier Build! :)

    So what year is the Hiryu depicted here? 1941 Pearl harbor? 1942 Midway?
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    I am going to follow this work close by. I like much the Japanese aircraft carriers. I animate.
  4. airbob

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    This with the sub-decking finished and the red hull plates added...this is a fun build!:wink:
  5. zumo

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    I didn't know that any model of the Hiryu had been made. I knew there was a Fly model of the Akagi in 1:300. Does anybody know of other japanese carriers, mainly Kaga or Soryu, in 1:200 to 1:300 scale (apart from GPM Shokaku/Zuikaku 1:200 and Answer Junyo 1:200)?
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    Not if it will serve to you, I both know two models JSC in Shinano and the Zuhio 1:400 scale
  7. Jim Krauzlis

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    And we're having fun watching this build progress...got to say, you work very quickly, Bob! Really a superb start.

    Cheers!
    Jim
  8. airbob

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    continuing IJN Huryu build

    I have rebuilt the hull support structure due to trying to use a new technique for fitting the hull skin sections (apply the joiner tabs below each hull skin section to allow a smooth line from bow to stern on the below the waterline sections) ...however this model is old and rather crude and does not have a sufficient fine hull piece line to allow thiswall1 sooo I will continue to build it with the overlapping hull plates from bow to stern:oops:...it looks so much cleaner!....also checking the IJN color tiles the below the waterline color is "linoleum" and is a real dark maroon...which I have changed to...I continue to build...may put some pics at my website and just give that link to show my progress....I am continuing:needpics:
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    Yeah! pics are back up...now to take some!!!bounce7
  10. airbob

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    New bowplate reinforced metal design for Hiryu

    Trying to show the Hiryu bowplate that I updated with my own reinforced metal plate design...the original was just straight grey...see at
    Hiryu bow plate
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    Huge improvement Bob
  12. airbob

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    Here is a picture of the almost completed "linoleum" colored below the water-line sections of the IJN Hiryu hull...next I will add the roll stabilizers and the propeller gear housing..then to the above the water-line sides of the hull...more pictures to follow...
    Hiryu belowwateline hull assembly
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    same build point with view of above water-line sub-deck assembly...:wave:
    Hiryu subdeck1
  14. Brent

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    Bob, great ideal.I have just started to print out my GPM Zuikaku at 1/400 scale.

    Brent
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    The completed main hull assembly minus the roll stabilizer bars and the housing for the main propellers. YEAH!hamr
    Hiryu hull completed
  16. airbob

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    This is the level that I have completed to date on the continuing upper deck assembly including the bow and stern multiple deck assemblies...This is enjoyable..but still continuing with the problems on of building this with unreadable Polish instructions and diagrams onlywall1....however I think I have the "hang" of it sufficiently to eventually finish this before 2008!:p...Bob out for now:wave:
    Hiryu deck assembly1
  17. barry

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    Really enjoying this one Bob damned if it does not look better than 1/200th you been borrowing Squinty's magnifying glasses.
  18. YuG

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    I am very happy to find out 1:400 builder making ship beautifully.
    I am planning to have IJN fleet in 1:400 scale some day.
    Let me follow your way of making Hiryu when I make aircraft carrier.
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    Good grief Bob you even have the flight deck crossbeams in.... sorry looking at other things instead of the keel which also looks superb.