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This is the old Aoshima kit of the IJN Hiryu, one of the six Japanese aircraft carriers that participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor and one of the four that were sunk at the Battle of Midway.

Like most of the old Aoshima toolings in the 1/700 waterline series, the kit is a bit crude and also has accuracy issues which are beyond my modest abilities to correct. So, I focused on making the best model of it that I could, using it as an opportunity to practice airbrushing, using photoetch, and all the other stuff I'm not very good at! :rolleyes:

But all in all, I'm pleased with the result. The railings and PE radio masts from Gold Medal Models really add a lot.







 

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Very nice work, Paul. Your water effects are outstanding! It just blows me away that you are able to use the PE in such a small scale - I'm afraid to even try it even in 1/350! :lol:
 

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Really sweet work. I keep planning on getting one of the Japanese carriers and now I think I'll get off my butt and get one finally.
 
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