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Unread October 28th, 2014, 03:57 PM
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Default 1/200 Yamato commission build

Over the summer a gentleman from a few towns over contacted me through a mutual friend in my local model club looking for someone to build this monster of a model for him. After a couple of emails and phone calls we met up so he could deliver the kit to me. When we met up the customer told me he's had that model sitting in his closet for almost 30 years. He said he tried his hand at a smaller scale models and decided that building wasn't for him, hence the commission build some 30 years later. When I asked him how he wanted the ship built he said he wanted me to add all the bells and whistles and to take my time with it. He then gave me a very generous down payment and we parted ways.

When I got home and showed my girlfriend the kit, she look at me and said "What the fuck did you get yourself into" then laughed at me. She's actually really supportive of my hobbies.

Here's my nerdy ass holding this beast to give you a sense on how freaking massive this thing is.


Some of the contents in the box. The matt that everything is sitting on is 36"x24".


The deck.


Here's the hull that can also be used as a small canoe.

The best part of all of this is that after I'm done with this monster, the customer wants me to build the Bizmark, HMS Hood and USS Missouri all in 1/200!!!
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Unread October 28th, 2014, 07:35 PM
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WOW ! it's going to be massive!
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Unread October 29th, 2014, 02:34 AM
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Wow.
I just got into shipbuilding myself, so I will definitely keep an eye on this build!
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That kit is very rare being 30 years old. I sent you a PM. I would like to help if I can being a Jr. Yamato Historian getting set to do mine sometime in the future in 1:350! Lot's of reference at your disposal on the internet. Let me know!!!

This ship has a lot of history and is looked upon by the Japanese people with great respect.
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Unread December 18th, 2014, 11:56 AM
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After going through a ton of reference material that Tomkatter shared with me I was able to get some work done on this beast.

To say that the fit on this model sucks would be a total understatement.






I replaced the kits gun barrels with Master Model brass barrels and are a huge improvement.


Here I added some miliput to represent the canvas gun shrouds.








Did I mention that the fit sucks on this thing, because the fit on this thing sucks!
Despite the terrible fit of everything I feel like I'm making some pretty good progress. I still need to order a few sets of photo etch from both Gold Medal Models and Tom's Model works so this is pretty much all the work I can do on the super structure until I get those.
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Unread December 18th, 2014, 07:46 PM
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Xavi, Looks good so far. At that scale every little thing shows up, so don't worry. After you get the PE sets, it will start to come together and look a lot better. As for the fit, it could be due to the age of the kit and where it was stored for 30 years. I would take a guess and say it shrank or warped from the climate in the closet where it was stored. Let me know if you need any other reference. The structure section you are building is about 40% of the ships parts, so once you get past this section, it will come together quickly. Keep us updated on your progress.

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Unread December 19th, 2014, 01:01 AM
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I can see from the superstructure how accurately they based the ship in Space Battleship Yamato to the real one - looking forward to more updates!
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I've slowly been making progress on the mighty Yamato

I began working on the deck which was a huge pain in the ass. It took me 10 hours of nonstop work to get it looking some what decent.


Here's a dry fit with the super structure


The hanger bay on from the kit was terrible and way to shallow so I decided to try to scratch build a better one using reference that Tomkattr sent me.


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Xavi, Looks good so far! What AM parts did you get besides the gun barrels? Let me know if you need any other info and I will gladly send it to you!!!
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Wow. That thing is huge. How many gallons of paint is that going to take?
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Xavi, Any new photos of your Yamato Build? It's been sometime now!
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I can attest to the poor fit and lousy details. a kit of this size and price should be a lot better. I have the photo etch sets and metal barrels, kicking around how to do the deck is also a challenge.
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I can attest to the poor fit and lousy details. a kit of this size and price should be a lot better. I have the photo etch sets and metal barrels, kicking around how to do the deck is also a challenge.
May I suggest you join us over at...........

http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum...e24d5a4cb63ca7

Lots of expert advise on not only building this kit, but any question you may have about the Yamato.

Read all 2500 posts on this exact subject!

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After some time off from this build, I'm recharged and back at it!

Just incase the size of this ship still isn't clear to you, that's a yard stick next to the hull.


Here's the forward 15.5cm gun turret will gold medal model photo etch.
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ZAAAAAAMMMMMMNNN that's a big boat!
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