This is Academy’s 1/350 Japanese submarine I-58 (Keiten), infamous for sinking the U.S.S. Indianapolis on the latter’s return from delivering parts for the first atomic weapons, just a week before the end of hostilities in the Pacific.
In 1946, the boat was used as a gunnery target by the USN, and sunk.
The kit is part of Academy’s ‘Premium’ package, which includes the heavy cruiser and the submarine, together with an enormous amount of photoetch, although the submarine etch is limited to handrails, mostly. There is, however, a wooden deck as an extra.
The build progresses. The Keiten were torpedoes manned by a single person, who guided it to its suicide target.
I tried to replicate the funnel aerial using spares etch and monofilament. Not so good.
I tried again, using fine copper wire wound around a toothpick, and strung with ultrafine stainless steel wire(s), which was more successful.
After application of the paint scheme, I applied streaks of wear, grime and rust, for effect. I still have to go back and adjust the funnel wires a little.
The base is the kit’s own, sprayed black. It comes with a neat sign, in Kanji on one face, and English on the other. I sprayed the sign with a pewter aerosol for a burnished metal effect.
Now, on with the Indy.