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Making Unryu out of Soryu

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Making Unryu out of Soryu  Reply with quote
This is a project I worked on last year, but given some recent posts about Unryu as a potential Shapeways subject, I figured I share another option...

The build involved the modification of a spare Sōryū mini.  Using some graphics from the web as a guide, I cut a new deck out of styrene sheet, using grooved, wood-planked sheet for the wood part of the deck.  I cut openings for the two elevators (a distinct spotting feature from the three on Sōryū) and made the elevators themselves out of smooth styrene sheet. After test fitting everything a couple times, the deck got glued into position, starting with the "wood" portion and working outward.  The finished deck is slighly larger than Sōryū's.

The Unryū had some differences in gun positioning below the deck edge when compared to its earlier half-sisters.  I repositioned one of the large AA batteries on the port quarter to the port bow, added two small galleries cut out of simple styrene to the port quarter and midship, and added two small caliber batteries to the port and starboard bow with guns cut from a spare Jean Bart.  

Finally, the ship got an enlarged island made from a few small pieces of styrene.  These photos show the build before I hit it with paint...




After base coating the mini in gray, I focused on the wood deck.  While the Unryū wore a green deck-camo for most of her short life, I wanted to give the wood deck a shot.   I used a flesh color as a base, then used a series of washes (browns and blacks) combines with dry brushing to get the end result.  While the deck ended up a touch darker than the "stock" Japanese carriers in War at Sea, I'm pretty happy with the result.  The rest of the painting was straight forward... medium gray and a black ink wash, followed by a little drybrushing...




Last step was the decals for the deck lines.  I used a number of different microscale decals, including checkerboard decals cut into strips for the dashed lines.  It took about 20 individual decals to complete the deck, more than half of them on the stern ramp.  I'm still working on my technique with dashed lines, and I think I'll do better next time around, but I'm still very happy with the result...






Finally, a couple of shots with Sōryū for comparison...




I kept the pattern for the deck work and plan to make a second ship in the class in the late-war green scheme.  But that's for another rainy day.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nicely done. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Really nice work, man.  Smile

I've been contemplating repainting my Soryu as an Unryu, what with Hiryu now available on Shapeways...  not sure I'll remodel the deck like you, or just do it with paint and call it close enough, but yours is a work of art!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Super nice work.  I have yet to mod anything.  

I figure I can paint them up but not sure about chopping them up.  

I have a couple of spare Soryu's I have been saving for Hiryu for quite awhile.  With Mats Hiryu, I have yet decided what to do until I work with some of the shapeways models.  The fancy deck art for the IJN is also intimidating for me.  

Really good work sir.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks guys.  The deck replacement was actually pretty easy to do, and I think it made the biggest difference.  The hard part was moving around and adding AA mounts.  That got a bit tedious.

Anyway, I just wanted to share the possibilites.  With the Hiryu now available on Shapeways, there are few other uses for any spare Soryus out there.

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
SWO,

She is a great model and nicely painted.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well done SWO!  Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Fantastic! I may have to try this as I am aiming to build more of the Unryu class.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
This makes for a great tutorial so I put in this section as well.

Great work SWO_Daddy

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