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Tin Can Models

Recently I built a Tamiya kit of the Japanese destroyer Yukikaze from world war 2. Apparently the Yukikaze was one of the few ships of the Japanese Navy to survive serving through the entire war and went on to see service in the ROC Navy . Tamiya did a wonderful job producing this kit, I encountered no problems whatsoever building this. It’s been a nice change from model aircraft.

I’ve started Tamiya’s Fletcher class destroyer, which will be built as DD-446, USS Radford. My uncle was rescued by the Radford in July of 1943 after his ship, CL-50 USS Helena , was sunk in the Battle of Kula Gulf.

I highly recommend Tamiya’s 1/350 warships. After I complete the USS Radford, I’ll be prepared psychologically to start the Academy 1/350 USS Indianapolis that I’ve had waiting for years to build. Still trying to decide about the paint scheme to use on it, I kind of like the overall blueish scheme used on the restored USS Texas.

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11 responses to Tin Can Models

  1. looks great so does the radford

  2. Thank you, Bob… I appreciate the compliment.

    The Yukikaze was the first model in a long time that I enjoyed working on 100% of the time.

  3. Thanks Robert, it’s a very good kit. I’d like to build another of Tamiya’s Japanese warship models.

  4. Yukikaze fought through the Solomons, even fought your uncle on the Helena and survived Operation Ten-Go, the death of Yamato.

    Beautiful work on this one.

    • Wow… that’s interesting info. My uncle would never talk much about his navy experience, other then to say he was on the Helena from commissioning to the night it was sunk and was assigned to an anti-aircraft gun. I hope someday a model will be made of the USS Helena.

      Thanks for the reply , Tom… I appreciate it.

  5. Construction work on the USS Radford is moving along. I’ve concentrated on the bridge area today. I had to make a trip to Top Shelf Models ,in beautiful down town Owasso Okla, for some paint. (While I was there I found this USS Lexington for a meager $15 on the consignment table. I felt it was ordained for me to acquire it.)

    I think it’d be best to give each sub-assembly a black wash before attaching to the deck, is that what y’all would do? Maybe dry pastel powders would be better?

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  6. Construction moved forward tonight on the USS Radford. With me being a novice shipwright, I think the destroyer is looking ok. The Tamiya Yukikaze seemed to be a little bit more trouble free.

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  7. Just the rigging and decals remain to be accomplished.
    After this and the Yukikaze, I’m ready to return to aircraft
    For a while.

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  8. Until I tackle the rigging, I’m through with the USS Radford. In the photo you can see the Radford sailing in company with the next destroyer to join the flotilla, the USS Ramsey.

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  9. I’ve made these name plates for this ship’s stand . Tamiya only provided one for the USS Fletcher .

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