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IJN Seaplane Tender Akitsushima

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"MSW crew-mate Alec Cap (bigal07) shares a fine gallery of images of his dio scene centered around the IJN Seaplane Tender Akitsushima, in this "On Display" feature!"

This was a wonderful little kit to assemble with very little to go wrong...both large aircraft came with the original kit. Built upon an MDF board this is a somewhat simple diorama to construct, being mostly made from acrylic jell.

If you look carefully you'll see up to 3 different colors within the sea effect...once the board had been covered, the islands and major land mass are plaster mixed with HO scatter, allowed to dry and buffed up.

The pier is several small pieces of styrene, as also the square floating platform, and 1 photo-etch building surrounded by crates and boxes, space fillers to be blunt. For the first time, I actually entered this diorama at Hendon model show, although it was unplaced, I did get rather a lot of feedback which for myself, made the whole thing worth while.
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About the Author

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


Comments

I like the land, the piers, the crates and all that "stuff." The green plane with panel lines is cool, I have no idea what is actually going on in the diorama but it looks action packed. Some day I'll have the courage to try. --Chuck
NOV 08, 2010 - 11:59 AM
Many thanks Chuck, hand on heart I wish I could build/make 1-700 sailors like the 3-D 1-350 sailors, I've tried a blob of glue, bending them in varied angles, and they still look rather flat, whatever company will finally produce 1-700 sailors in 3-D they will sell like hot-cakes. The diorama itself - I am a funny old thing becase I belive a diorama is something more then a ship in the sea, so I wanted that little bit more, a few islands (I do believe there are 5 pix missing) and generally looking busy, so the long pier with the hut on the end, row boats and flying aircraft was an idea of keeping the eye occupied, the sea effect is actually made of gell, and three colours anding a little depth, although you can't quite see this on the photo's, I was going to be cheeky and say this was an atoll, where the beach would generally meet a sheer drop into the abyss, another excuse why the ship is so close in shore. It was great fun building this, and the ship, simply can't imagine how much fuel required to keep that aircraft going, storage and planning how it was going to be recoveerd from the sea, must have been one big headache.
NOV 09, 2010 - 03:01 AM