Since i been in a ship fever lately, i decide to make a fleet of them to complement my Akagi & Kaga build and first up on the to do list is IJN destroyer Akizuki!
All my ship kit up to this point is by Fujimi because they easier to find and most of them are newer molding compare to other brand but they have a high part count. This kit is by Pitroad under the Skywave series and it a very old one as it release in 2006. While other brand have newer Akizuki kits, they the only one that i can find that make Akizuki class in 1944 configuration out of the box.
The first thing that i notice about this kit is how easy it was. Compare to Fujimi Hamakaze that i build beside this (and still not done it), the part count is low as some parts are molded together like some part of the structure molded together with the deck and platform with beam already attached.
There a few addition i added to this which are replacing the Torpedo turret (or i think it was called ?) with a more detailed ones from Fujimi Hamakaze kit and adding Monochrome railing which give me alot of eye pain since i already mess up a few of them in the process which luckily i buy extra just in case that happen. Also metal bar also glue inside the hull for extra weight.
One aspect i don’t like about the kit is how the hull is assembled as it combine the side with the flat part which require a good alignment so that the deck don’t have gaps or make the deck uneven but luckily the fit is great.
After all that, it to the paint stage which i use the fairly standard IJN color scheme. The paint list for this kit are:
- Mr. Primer Surfacer 1000 – Primer
- Mr.Color 32 Dark Gray (2) – Ship hull
- Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown – Deck
- Warpaints Uniform Grey – Paint Touchup
- Warpaints Matt Black – Small details
- Warpaints Matt White – Small details
- Warpaints Strong Tone – Wash
After the painting is done, i added the rigging using the sprue stretching technique with small flag attach to one of them.
Compare to the ginormous Akagi