CollectionDX - Model Kit Ship http://www.iquantascores.com/taxonomy/term/1783/0 Plastic Model Kits of ships, either Nautical or Space en Bentenmaru Last Episode Edition from Bodacious Space Pirates http://www.iquantascores.com/news_item/61113/bentenmaru_last_episode_edition_bodacious_space_pirates <table width="640" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <img src="files/Copy of haben1.jpg" width="100"></td> <td width="514"><p>Bentenmaru Last Episode Edition from Bodacious Space Pirates by Hasegawa. </p></td> </tr> </table> http://www.iquantascores.com/news_item/61113/bentenmaru_last_episode_edition_bodacious_space_pirates#comments Hasegawa Model Kit Model Kit Ship News Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:23:28 +0000 VF5SS 9172 at http://www.iquantascores.com Wings72 IJN A-Target Ko-Hyoteki Midget Submarine “Pearl Harbor” http://www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/1986/wings72_ijn_atarget_kohyoteki_midget_submarine_%E2%80%9Cpearl_harbor%E2%80%9D <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-name"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Name (Short)</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">IJN A-Target Ko-Hyoteki Midget Submarine “Pearl Harbor” Vacuform Kit</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-number"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Number</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-summary"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Summary</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>A-Target Midget Submarine Model Kit Shootout part II: On the 69th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Leonardo Flores will review the 1986 released Wings72 1/72 vacuform kit of the A-Target Ko-Hyoteki Midget Submarine “Pearl Harbor” and compare it to Fine Molds own kit of the same subject.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-price"> <h3 class="field-label">Original Price</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">22.00</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-content"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Content</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>Earlier this year I reviewed Fine Molds excellent 1/72 injection molded plastic model kit of the Imperial Japanese Navy A-Target Midget Submarine. On the 69th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1944, I will review the other 1/72 scale A-Target Midget Submarine model kit by USA manufacture Wings 72.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/551265-3/dxwingsmain.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="297" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwingsmain" /></p> <p> The Wings 72 model kit is actually the first kit out on the subject debuting at the 45th reunion of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Honolulu Hawaii, December 7th 1986. With the modern Fine Molds kit out on the market and the Wings72 vacuform kit currently available for around roughly the same price, should you pick up both versions? For the history of this particular submarine and pilot please read my previous review of <a href="//www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/2007/ijn_atarget_kohyoteki_midget_submarine_quotpearl_harborquot"> the Fine Molds A-Target model kit review. </a></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/480224-1/oniheikurabu-img419x600-1204355296sany0074.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="419" height="600" class="giThumbnail" alt="oniheikurabu-img419x600-1204355296sany0074" /></p> <p> The major difference between both of these kits is the Wings72 is a vacuform kit and the Fine Molds' kit is a injection molded kit. What is a vacuform kit you may ask? Simply, a wood or metal mold of a subject is made and sheet plastic is placed in a holder over the mold. The sheet plastic is heated and settles over or inside the mold producing a molded sheet plastic of the kit. Action figure clear plastic blisters are made this same way but instead of a protective covering for an action figure package one will get a model kit instead. Vacuform kits was an inexpensive way to produce model kits of subjects without a huge demand without having to invest in injection molds that could cost thousands of dollars to produce. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/520660-4/dxsubsheet.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="308" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxsubsheet" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/520661-4/dxsubmetal.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="610" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxsubmetal" /></p> <p>Vacuform has its pros and cons. While not particular popular method of making sci-fi and anime kits, which usually prefer resin as a method to manufacture kits, vacuform was popular for airplane model kits for many years until the advent of inexpensive injection mold making in China and Eastern Europe. Few vacuform companies exist today as a result. Vacuform kits are difficult for most modelers, as they require a degree of skill to build and finish. Advanced scratch building skills are required, sanding the mating edges of the kit is tedious and time consuming and many rare primary references sources are needed to guide you through the building of the kit. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/487546-4/dxmidgetsubhanger.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="321" class="giThumbnail" alt="Wings 72 hanger" /></p> <p> Wings72 1/72 IJN A-Target Midget Submarine “Pearl Harbor” is bagged with a header and includes: 1x Plastic Sheet of kit, 1x bag of lead parts, 1x resin part, 1x decals, 1x Instruction sheet, 1x history sheet. I bought this kit at local model kit swap meet used for $4.00 but you can still pick it up from the Wings72 website for around $20.00.</p> <p> Out of the bag, this kit builds the A-Target Submarine H-15 that was scuttled at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941. The kit details includes the “December 8th” damaged smashed net cutter nose version as it appeared after the wreck on the beach and its subsequent war bonds tour. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/489800-4/dxw72midgetsubwide.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="409" class="giThumbnail" alt="Sub Wide white" /></p> <p> I originally started building this kit before I received the Fine Molds kit from Hobby Link Japan but stopped after I ran into some minor detail issues with the Wings72 kit. One issue I have with vacuform kits is the lack of minor detail illustrations in the instruction sheet. Most details are explained in paragraphs and to me a picture is worth a thousand words, especially with building model kits. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/554638-3/dxwings1.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="493" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwings1" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/554639-3/dxwings2.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="465" height="602" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwings2" /></p> <p> The Wings72 kit includes two instruction sheets. One is the history of the A-Target submarine using original 1940’s photographs and news paper clippings while the second sheet has a 72nd scale drawing of the kit, instructions and pictures of the actual submarine when it was on display at the Lighthouse Military Museum Key West Florida before it was moved to the Pacific War Museum in Texas. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/489801-4/dxw72subtower.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="391" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxw72subtower" /></p> <p> The kit comes with resin and lead parts for small details of the submarine including the nose net cutter, torpedo covers and propeller screw. I was not to particularly impressed with the quality of the single resin part and some of the lead parts. Since I already had built a “Pearl Harbor” A-Target I decided to leave most of the resin and lead parts off the kit, opting to use only the torpedo covers and propeller screw as the net cutter was particular only for the Pearl Harbor submarines. Since the Fine Molds A-Target’s decals sheet had markings for three submarines, I decided to use the extra decals of the Fine Molds’ “Ourasaki, Hiroshima August 1944” based submarine for my Wings72 kit.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/489798-4/dxw72nose.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="610" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxw72nose" /></p> <p> Cutting out the parts and sanding the edges are the single most important part of building a vacuform kit. I carefully cut out the hull and the conning tower with a razor and sanded out the edges of the parts using sandpaper taped on a flat surface. Give yourself about a week to sand and shape the parts. If one over sands the parts you can end up with an oblong body. The major differences between the Fine Molds and Wings72 kit is the Wings72 kit is a little bit longer, the conning tower for the wings 72 is narrower and there is a better nuanced nose with the Fine Molds kit. Comparing features like surface details would be unfair as both injection kits and vacuform kits have manufacture techniques where surface details will look different from each other but the Wings72 kit has soft recessed panel lines throughout the conning tower and hull surfaces.</p> <p> Building the kit is straightforward. Glue the hull and conning tower halves together and then glue both of those parts together. Make sure you glue the lead torpedo covers in first before you glue the hull halves together. The only real scratch building that one needs to do is the hull fins and air vent.</p> <p> I photocopied the 1/72 drawings of the fins from the instruction booklet. I then cut out and glued the paper fins onto some sheet styrene. I cut the sheet styrene to shape and shaped, detailed and carefully glued the fins on the hull. This was a very time consuming process, as all four fins have to match and line up properly.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/489799-4/dxw72midegetsub.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="428" class="giThumbnail" alt="Sub Tail" /></p> <p>The rear air vent was made with a old Tri-master photoetch screen. This is an option of the modeler as the vent had a cover as well and modeling both versions would be correct. If one decides to produce the uncovered vent this step needs to be finished before the hull halves are assembled. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/551272-3/dxwingstower.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwingstower" /></p> <p> Finally, the small details were added on the submarine hull, which include the hatch, periscope, propeller screws and other minor details. These parts came from my parts box. The kit was then ready for paint. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/551266-3/dxwingsmain2.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="256" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwingsmain2" /></p> <p> I mixed and airbrushed the kit with dark grey color using a mixture of Tamiya Black and Tamiya German Grey. A-Targets were painted black but that is not a good color for model kits as it hides all the details and makes the kit look dull. Mixing black with German grey makes the color of the kit look better. I had problems with paint bonding to the plastic so I suggest using a primer so the paint can have some tooth to bond to the plastic. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/551271-3/dxwingstorp.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="505" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwingstorp" /></p> <p> I spayed Testors clear gloss so the decals have a smooth surface to bond to. The decals were mostly provided from the Fine Molds decal sheet. The only decals I used from Wings72 sheet were the front weight lines. The decals were extremely thick and no amount of gloss coat could have hidden the height of the decal. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/551268-3/dxwingsside.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="266" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwingsside" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/551269-3/dxwingstail.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="491" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwingstail" /></p> <p> After a few coats Testors clear flat, I weathered up the kit using my usual mixture of oil paints and finally used a silver pencil for dents and scrapes. Brown artist chalk was used for the rust and finally the conning tower wire was attached with clear stretch sprue. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/551270-3/dxwingstop.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="334" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwingstop" /></p> <p> Keep in mind that my version of the Wings72 kit is an older produced vintage kit and I am not sure if Wings72 has updated the lead, decal and resin pieces. If they have not, the decal sheet defiantly needs to be updated and the resin and lead parts could be molded sharper with recent and better resin casting technology. As vacuform kits go, this is a relatively easy kit to build because the kit is essentially four parts and four scratch built fins. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/551266-3/dxwingsmain2.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="256" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwingsmain2" /></p> <p>Building vacuform kits is quite a challenging experience and having build more than a few over the last 20 years I can say that this is the best results I have ever had from building one. I entered Wings72 A-Target into the “Scratch Built and Vacuform” category at the Ontario IPMS Minicon 2010 and was awarded second place in the very difficult to win contest category, which shows what one can pull out of a 24 year old vacuform kit.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/551267-3/dxwingsmedal.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=5118df15230e3a5318ec12055ad2c406" width="640" height="348" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxwingsmedal" /></p> <p> Is it worth picking up? I believe both Fine Molds and Wings 72 kits need to purchased and built especially if you are a fan of the subject or into 1/72 scale navy kits. Both kits compliment each other: You can use the Fine Molds decals and kit details for reference to help build the Wings72 kit and Wings72's well detailed photographs of the actual submarine in the instruction sheet can used to detail the Fine Molds kit. If you never had tried a vacuform kit before this is a great place to start to produce a bold display piece representing that tragic day on December 7th 1941. </p> <p>?2010 Article and Pictures by Leonardo Flores and CollectionDX<br class="giImageBlock-clear-both" /></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-scale"> <h3 class="field-label">Scale</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">1:72</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-chardesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Char. 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Contrary to popular belief they were not suicide submarines but had a duel purpose of strategic attack and shore patrol. Five of these A-Target submarines were used in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533856-1/Kazuo_sakamaki.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="250" height="315" class="giThumbnail" alt="Kazuo_sakamaki" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/534879-1/h91333.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="528" class="giThumbnail" alt="h91333" /> </p> <p>The A-Target Submarines were brought across the Pacific Ocean piggy backed on larger mother submarines and their mission was to attack US Navy ships trying to make a break out of the harbor and to destroy ships that were berthing in the harbor. Although four of the submarines were sunk in the campaign, a fifth submarine H-15 crewed by Kazuo Sakamaki and Kiyoshi Inagaki encountered a gyro stabilization problem and were forced to scuttle their ship. Kiyoshi Inagaki was washed out into the sea and Kazuo Sakamaki passed out from fumes during the process of setting explosives to destroy their ship. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/534008-1/image1.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="276" height="331" class="giThumbnail" alt="image1" /></p> <p>When Kazuo Sakamaki awoke, he was in an American Hospital surrounded by US Military guards. Thus Sakamaki became the first Japanese prisoner of war of WWII and spend the rest of the war as a POW #1 on the mainland of the USA. Immediately after the war Sakamaki wrote a book called Four Years as Prisoner of War #1 which was re-titled in the USA as I Attacked Pearl Harbor and he later became the president of Toyota in Brazil, finally retiring in Japan in the 1980s. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/480224-1/oniheikurabu-img419x600-1204355296sany0074.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="419" height="600" class="giThumbnail" alt="oniheikurabu-img419x600-1204355296sany0074" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/534882-1/h47036.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="515" class="giThumbnail" alt="h47036" /></p> <p>The fate of H-15 would be another story. After the US Navy pulled it out of the sands of Waimanalo Beach it was put on the back of a large truck and was toured across the USA raising War Bonds for the war effort. H-15 was eventually restored, designated a US National Landmark and now resides at the National Museum of The Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. Sakamaki who abstained from talking about the war after he wrote his book was finally reunited with his submarine after 50 years in 1991 in Texas in an emotional ceremony. Kazuo Sakamaki died in Japan November 29th 1999. </p> <p>The Company</p> <p>Joy Kits Laboratory Fine Molds is a relative newcomer to Model kit manufacturing, starting roughly in the mid-1990’s. A very private company, their high standards of quality and attention to even the most minute details have since become legendary in the world of military models and have won them great praise from modelers around the world. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533848-4/cdxmidetsubsidewtorpedo.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="296" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmidetsubsidewtorpedo" /></p> <p>Their main production line was and still is WWII military models of mostly German and Japanese tanks and aircraft and aftermarket supplies. Special attention is paid to more obscure WWII Japanese aircraft something that mainstream model kit manufactures have bypassed. Fine Molds is essentially a cottage industry boutique manufacture that makes precision quality kits that the majors can only dream of.</p> <p>Fine Molds would later attract the attention of Anime and Sci-Fi fans with their beautifully produced model kits from Porco Rosso and Star Wars. The core of their success with those two licensees was putting the same effort into details and treating the fantasy crafts of both series as real vehicles sitting in a museum. The realism of the sci-fi and anime kits is what makes Fine Molds standout from most model manufactures.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533846-4/cdxmidegtsubtower.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmidegtsubtower" /></p> <p>The Kit</p> <p>Fine Molds released the A-Target Submarine in 2007 and while I think this kit was one of the most unique releases of the last four years, I was shocked to find out that the kit has not had any in-depth reviews online. This kit was originally a Fine Molds Online store mail order only item and was first released in 2001 and was not fully available to other dealers until this version came out in 2007. That just added more mystery to a kit I already wanted to build. Thankfully, Hobby Link Japan provided us with a sample to which I am grateful. </p> <p> Not only is it a great subject to build but what also makes this release outstanding is the 1/72 scale that it is in, which is normally reserved for aircraft and tank kit. Making ships in 1/72 scale is not a new idea, Airfix pioneering such ship kits in the 1960s and 1970s but it has since revived recently with Lindberg, Revell and Revell Germany with their juggernaut sized 1/72 Japanese, USA and German submarines. The only time the A-Target was made in 1/72 was a vacumform kit released by Wing72 in the 1980s and still available today. The Fine Molds kit is the first injection-molded kit of the A-Target.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/493009-4/dxmidgetsubsprue.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="367" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxmidgetsubsprue" /></p> <p>The 1/72 scale A-Target Submarine Pearl Harbor includes: 1x Sprue, 1x Decals, 1x Instructions. Decals for three ships are provided: One for the US captured Pearl Harbor Submarine, No. 34 Kiska Bay scuttled ship August 1943 and Hiroshima August 1944. Options include the modified Pearl Harbor nose and tail guards array and the normal fitted Kiska and Hiroshima submarines. One of the two A-Target Submarine torpedoes is included with a display stand which has an option to build with two different warheads.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/483937-4/dxfinemodstargeta+copy.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="438" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxfinemodstargeta copy" /></p> <p>One of the best features of Japanese Model kits is the box art. The painting on this box is beautifully rendered and a work of art, leaving the viewer with the euphoric feeling like they are standing on the bow of the mother submarine looking at the A-Target in open seas. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/489786-4/dxfinemoldssubmarinebox.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="362" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxfinemoldssubmarinebox" /> </p> <p>The kit is basically one sprue, which contains all the parts injected in dark grey. The ship itself is halved waterline style to aid builders who might want to build the kit in a resin water diorama. The surface details of the parts need to be seen to be admired. The raised surface weld seams are accurately presented along the hull of the ship with fine raised bolts and crisp recessed panel lines in the conning tower. Although the details are fine, great care is needed to cut the parts from the sprue and when sanding seams.</p> <p> It is a very quick build as it is essentially just two parts for the hull, three parts for the conning tower and various other small detail parts. I learned a quick and easy way to fill the delicate seams in the conning tower and tail fins that does not include using modeling putty. My friend is also building an A-Target Midget Submarine and had the conning tower and fin seams flawlessly filled. He told me he used white glue for those seams as you can fill it in with a toothpick and if you mess up you can wash it off with a wet Q-Tip. The results are amazing and if you get anything from this review I hope this is it.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/489787-4/dxfmsubnose.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="533" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxfmsubnose" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/533850-4/cdxmidgetsubnumbers.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="420" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmidgetsubnumbers" /></p> <p> Gluing on the forward torpedo guards and screw protector is where one needs to step up and take great care. I first glued the prong and let it dry. Then I glued on the protectors which I also let dry overnight. Finally I glued the brackets on. Yes it took three days to assemble that portion of the model but that time is needed so all the parts can fully dry and support the weight of the previous glued part.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533845-4/cdxmidegtsubtail2.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmidegtsubtail2" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/533860-1/navy1.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="550" height="400" class="giThumbnail" alt="navy1" /></p> <p> The screw protector’s only issue is that the instructions were not clear about how the round guard piece slides all the way to two tiny prongs as opposed to just sitting on the end. I only realized this after I tried to glue the Fine Molds provided template of the fin stabilizers and they did not reach the part. Luckily, I was able to realign the part without any issues.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533853-4/cdxmidgetsubtorpedo.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="400" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmidgetsubtorpedo" /></p> <p> The kit also provides a small torpedo with two different warheads. I was not clear on which warhead was proper for the Pearl Harbor submarine so I ended up using the warhead with the raised relief so the torpedo had some kind of surface detail and did not look plain. It is a nice addition to the kit but I wish it were provided with the proper torpedo carrier rather than a generic stand. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533846-4/cdxmidegtsubtower.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmidegtsubtower" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/533862-1/navy2.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="494" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="navy2" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/533852-4/cdxmidgetsubtail.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="355" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmidgetsubtail" /></p> <p> The submarine was painted using a mixture Tamiya Flat Black and German Grey. The real submarines were painted flat black but I suggest using the German Grey mixture as opposed to a straight flat black as it tends to make the kit dull and details get lost due to the monochromic color. I am getting a better idea how to pre shade using Tamiya colors and I can honestly say this is the best example I have done.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533851-4/dxmidgetsubmain.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="306" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxmidgetsubmain" /></p> <p> I sprayed Testors gloss on for the decals so they could have a smooth surface to go on. The decals went on great and much better than the dismal decals provided with Porco Rosso model kit I built a couple of years back. Not all the decals are used, which is good to add to the spare decal box. I finally sprayed a flat coat to seal in the decals and protect them from my later oil paint washes. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to photograph flat black but believe me the finish came out nice. </p> <p> Oil Washes were then applied in the recessed areas and a silver pencil for dings throughout. Rust was replicated using ground brown chalk powder and then brushed on at the appropriate places. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533854-4/cdxmidgetsubtower2.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmidgetsubtower2" /></p> <p> A huge problem I have with any kit that has wires and rigging is the instructions are never clear how they attach and what they are even for. Fine Molds continues this tradition by not explaining where and how the lines are attached and what they are even for. I made an educated guess and the results look great.</p> <p> I actually never put any kind of rigging or wires on my models as they usually get broken and it is not worth all the trouble, but the results came out quite nice. Use stretched clear spruce; attach each end with super glue. It will have some slack. Then get a match, light it up then blow it out. The heat from the still hot match will tighten up the slack. The end result is impressive.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533855-4/cdxmisdegetsubleftwide.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="274" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmisdegetsubleftwide" /></p> <p>The kit does come with two stands for each end of the submarine so kit can be displayed without rolling over. I painted them white so there could be some contrast with a nearly black painted model kit.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533847-4/cdxmidetsubnose2.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="463" class="giThumbnail" alt="cdxmidetsubnose2" /></p> <p>This is one of the coolest kits I have ever built, which is different than my usual fare of 1/72 airplane models, sci-fi and anime ships and robots. It was nice to step outside of the box for a bit and build such a rewarding kit. The best aspect of this kit is that it is an unusual but much needed addition to my collection of 1/72 Pearl Harbor aircraft kits. My only real complaint is that I wish it had come with two scaled 1/72 IJN sailor figures so one can get a better idea of how large this submarine really was. </p> <p>This kit is great for beginners as it is a simple build and since the A-Target is one color over all, it should be easy to spray paint if one does not have an airbrush. Master builders should admire the detail and nuance throughout the kit and could be tempted to build it in waterline with resin water. Overall a great kit and another great addition to the Fine Molds model catalog. For $24.00 it is a great buy for what you get. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/533851-4/dxmidgetsubmain.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=446087e2851206a197b4af4c98df3e4c" width="640" height="306" class="giThumbnail" alt="dxmidgetsubmain" /></p> <p>Enough of the Military model kits (until December)! Let’s get some Hasagawa Macross and Fine Molds Star Wars model kits up for review on CollectionDX! </p> <p>Fine Molds 1/72 INJ A-Target Midget Submarine can be purchased from <a href="//www.hlj.com/product/FNMFS-02 "> Hobby Link Japan </a>.</p> <p>?2010 Article and Pictures by Leonardo Flores<br /> <br class="giImageBlock-clear-both" /></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-scale"> <h3 class="field-label">Scale</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">1:72</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-chardesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Char. 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