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IJN Seaplane Tender Chiyoda

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"MSW Crew-mate Alec Cap (bigal07) shares another gallery of images of one of his unique subject builds, with Aoshima's IJN seaplane tender Chiyoda the spotlight of this "On Display" feature!"

Model Kit-IJN seaplane tender Chiyoda by Aoshima, 1/700 scale, #4545

I can't honestly see the purpose of the raised platform occupying the centr of this ship, while the instruction and brief write-up that come with the model doesn't say...it's quite possible an overhead crane system was used to raise and lower her mini submarines.

The PE set was from Tom's tender set, plus Lionroar 2 rail, using both Tamiya weathering master and pigments for the rust, dirt and basic unclean look.

From the submarine depot ship, to the oilers, this airplane tender must have been titanic in the real world. A typical battleship in 1-700 scale measures just over 12 inches, this tender comes in at a staggering 11 inches dwarfing the Maru series in the same scale.

This was a model that I feel was missing in parts, and in appearance, just seemingly a lot of empty space..a forerunner of the multi- use surface ship, part supply, light cruiser, aircraft carrier and midget attack submarine carrier.
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About the Author

About Alec Cap (bigal07)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM


Comments

Really nice Feature, and great work on the model. This is one I have in my stash. I hope mine turns out half as nice. Congrats. Cheers, Mike
MAR 26, 2010 - 06:36 AM
Nice one Alec the detail really shows with the cranes and launchers will have to take the plunge and try some PE on my next project
MAR 26, 2010 - 08:23 AM
Dockyard 001 Thank you for those kind words, here is the same model with the meatball icon added, this was something I wanted to do for some time, I saw this once by another builder, and searched high and low for a decal big enough, finally a visit to Hornchurch model show I managed to buy a sheet of them, I reaslise this isn't the sort of thing that would happen in the real world, as you can imagine what a great target for a passing aircraft that huge red eye would make. Dockyard 003
MAR 26, 2010 - 07:59 PM
Very nice work Alec.
MAR 27, 2010 - 02:08 PM