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Hi, in the early eighties I built some 1/700 WL dioramas for a change of pace. From the modeler's point of view the Japanese Nagato/Mutsu and Yamato/Musashi are particularly attractive. After finishing this detailed 1/700 Yamato comp_WL90.jpg 85.14KB 0 downloads it was clear that one day I would build Nichimo's huge model. Some years later I purchased among others this normally quite pricey kit at a close-down sale and started it in the early nineties. I used a GMM photoetched set that was very rudimentary because it was a simple up-scaled 1/700 set. Some time later GMM released a new outstanding set in 1/200 - too late for me.
I was determined to superdetail my model as far as possible. Originally I planned to write a magazine contribution about it, so I took a lot of notes. I realized however that this would go beyond the scope of any article. Anyway I can say that the model is made of more than 6000 parts and that I spent more than 2000 hours building it. This was necessary because the Nichimo kit was designed as an R/C model, so it is mostly rather crude. Some large parts were badly warped. Moreover the model is partially wrong and essential parts are missing. Today the work would be much easier because besides the new GMM set there are many aftermarket parts for those things I had to make myself. In more than 50 years of modeling this was the biggest callenge for me to this day. Building such a detailed model was only possible by the outstanding book "Anatomy of the Ship - The Battleship Yamato" which contained nearly 200 pages full of plans and detail drawings.
Since such detailed model needs protection I made an appropriate showcase for it.
I am going to post the most interesting pictures in high resolution. Please zoom them by holding your key ctrl pressed and pressing your key + several times. You will even recognize sights on the tiny single 25mm MGs.
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Edited by Plastheniker, 11 February 2014 - 12:58 PM.