Tamiya 1/700 IJN Ayanami

Tamiya 1/700 scale IJN Ayanami

IJN Destroyer Ayanami

IJN Destroyer Ayanami

I found four Japanese WWII Destroyers being sold as a lot on eBay.  I saw they didn’t sell, so I contacted the seller and made him an offer he took.

 

Here is that basic data on the IJN Ayanami:

Laid down: January 20, 1928           Launched:  October 5, 1929

Commissioned:  April 30, 1930      Displacement: 1,707 Tons

Dimensions:  Length- 388.75’        Width-34’        Depth-10.5’

Fate:  Sunk gunfire USS Washington SE Savo November 15, 1942

 

The instructions are in English as is the ship’s history.  This is just a small help in building the model.  There is a general history of how Japanese warships were painted.  This is helpful if this is one of your first models of Japanese warships.

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

 

The kit follows the normal building pattern for ships.  I find that painting first and assembling second makes building the kit easier.  I painted almost all the kit Testors 1163 flat gray.  This is a very good match for the gray used by the Japanese for almost all of their warships.  The deck on destroyers was gray.  This makes painting easier.

 

Since I was modeling the IJN Ayanami in her pre-war paint scheme, I needed to add the decals.  I first painted the hull gray and gloss coated it.  I used the Microscale system to decal the hull.  Be careful to use the box are to insure you get the name decals right.  I don’t know Japanese writing so I have no clue if it is right.  I hope the box art is right!  After the decals are set, I flat coated the hull.  Now the hull is ready.

 

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

Step 1 is assembling the main guns.  Take your time here to get the guns aligned.  I painted the canvas blast covering doped linen.  This gives the canvas a bit of an aged look.  Step 2 is building the smoke stacks.  I painted the tops and upper part flat black.  Step 3 is building the bridge.  I like how Tamiya molded the bridge part 23.  The part has recesses and ridges to show where the bridge windows are.  Paint the recesses flat black and the ridges gray.  I like this much better than the old decal way.  Step 4 and 5 are building assemblies to go on the hull later.  Part 11 is the search light.  I like to paint to lens white to highlight what it is.

 

Step 6 is the first of two parts where you add parts and assemblies to the main hull.  The challenge is gluing the 8 ship’s boats davits to the hull.  Take time to get a good bond and the davits straight.  In the next step you will be gluing the 4 boats to the davits.  A trusted pair a tweezers is a big help here and later.

 

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

Step 7 you will finish assembly and be almost done.  I used Walthers Goo to cement the weight to hull bottom.  Use those tweezers to attach the ship’s boats to the davits.  This is my biggest challenge.  It is also a test to see if you glued the davits strong enough!  I like to paint the ship’s name on the bottom of the bottom.  This sure comes in handy later to be able to identify the model.  Once the ship is assembled, I painted the tops of the two masts flat black.  Use the box art to see how far down the black goes.

 

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

The kit goes together very well.  No putty was used.  The kit doesn’t include anchors.  So I added anchors from a tree of extra parts.  I glued the anchors to the hull before painting to get a good bond.  So this kit is almost out-of-the-box.  I enjoyed building this kit.  It is a nice addition to my growing Imperial Japanese Navy.  This kit is a good kit for anyone that has built at least a few models.  The small parts due to the scale is the only reason it isn’t a great first kit.

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

Tamiya IJN Destroyer Ayanami

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