April 13, 2009
Godfather's 1/1500 Yamato 2520 build-up
Started this kit on a whim, influenced by military ships built by my fellow club members, yet I wanted a sci-fi flavor... so this kit fits the bill nicely.
First, a little background: Yamato 2520 was
Yoshinobu Nishizaki attempt at a sequel to Space Battleship Yamato (aka.
StarBlazers in the americanized version) set a little over 300 years
after Final Yamato. The first episode made its Japanese debut roughly
around the 20th anniversary of the original TV series.
Construction - Day 1
The kit itself appears simple. Even for a 1995 vintage kit, Bandai's slick engineering shows. I started by joining the 3 main parts of the hull, and adding the red bottom part of the hull. The fit is not the greatest, specially between the 2 larger parts of the hull (gray), but the worst of the seam should be hidden by the additional parts added at the bottom.
The worse seam on the bottom view is on the red part of the hull, which will need some careful sanding to avoid damaging the surrounding detail, and the small crevice that is between the 4 holes (designated for the bottom gun turrets), which will be filled with putty.
I also put together the engine section. Not much to fix here, except a bit on the top fin.
Back on the main hull, there are some large, ugly seams that are visible from the top, plus a few tricky ones on the launch bays.
These should be easy to putty and sand, plus the addition of the top part of the hull will help (somewhat) to disguise the large gap near the cone of the main weapon.
Bottom launch bays... these are going to be nightmare to putty & sand. Eeech.
OK, time for a quick dry fit test, minus the bridge & weapon turrets.
There's a possible fit issue between the top & bottom half of the hull, and the red section hangs a bit loose... guess a bit of sheet styrene and a glob of putty might be needed there.
Whelp, that's it for today.
April 15, 2009
Construction - Day 2
Didn't get to the model yesterday... was
running on 2 hours of sleep because of work, so it was crash & burn when
I got home.
Not much else done today. Last thing was fine sanding the engine section, which should be ready for paint after a cleaning with some denatured alcohol.
April 16, 2009
Construction - Day 3
Looks like I used too much putty on the seams... guess it's time to start sanding.
A bit better after sanding, but I think I'll scrape some of the excess with a sharp xacto blade and sand some more after.
Also started with the bridge. More delicate sanding required here, and parts of it will need sheet styrene to cover the large holes on the "wing" parts.
April 18, 2009
Construction - Day 4
Front looks a bit nicer after puttying & sanding. Needs more work though...
Added styrene sheet to the gun turrets and bridge "wings" to cover up the holes there. More cutting and sanding coming up.
April 19, 2009
Construction - Day 5
Finished sanding the gun turrets, main bridge, bridge wings and most of the bottom section. Added a strip of styrene to the gap in the middle of the bottom gun turret section.
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