Akitsushima, Scratchbuilt Japanese Seaplane Tender in 1/72 Scale
Long time lurker, but this is my first attempt at posting. This is my largest scratchbuilt project to date, the Imperial Japanese Navy seaplane tender Akitsushima in 1/72 scale. The project was inspired by Hasegawa’s announcement of their release of the new tool H8K Emily flying boat, long a favorite of mine. The idea of displaying the Emily on a tender took hold of my imagination and wouldn’t let go, sixteen months later the project was complete. The dimensions of the base are just under 6′ x 2′ (183 x 61 cm), the width was determined by the wingspan of the Emily and the length by what I could fit into the bed of my truck! The hull was built up from Evergreen sheet, several fittings are 3-D printed parts from Shapeways. For anyone interested, more finished pictures, construction notes (in twelve parts), and reference pictures can all be found on my blog here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/?s=akitsushima
11 additional images. Click to enlarge.