A happy package arrived on Friday to cheer me up after a frustrating work day.
These Tamiya 1/700 scale waterline kits arrived from Hong Kong in a little over 2 weeks.
With extra pandemic restrictions in place, and snow, a quiet weekend reacquainting myself with scale model building was perfect.
Started small Friday night with the IJN destroyer, the Harusame
|Angled the guns to make it look more active|
|Dauntless SBD checks it out|
|Came with a sprue of extra pieces; gun turrets, AA guns, torpedo launchers, FOUR different seaplanes and extra ship's boats. But no instructions on how to make use of them. Huh.|
It went together ok. Although I snapped struts on both masts and had to bodge them together.
Saturday morning I brewed a second cup of tea and started on the light cruiser, the Tama.
Historically, I'm an impatient model builder. But I realized that the reddish-brown linoleum decking on the cruiser was a big part of its look, and that should be painted before all the superstructure, guns, seaplane etc were attached.
This also made me pause a bit while glue set on pre-assembled parts, like the bridge and funnels.
|I also remembered these, which Mikey had given me years ago. They were champion for dabbing glue into small spaces.|
|Bridge and funnels. So many pieces!|
|Top off the aft mast sprang away into another dimension when clipping it from the sprue. Then I remembered a box of pieces from an old HO building model and cut a new top from some window panes.|
|The bridge and fore mast were buggers to build. I had to really stop and think out the sequence. |