1/72 Akitsushima (秋津洲) IJN Seaplane Tender Scratchbuild Part II

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With the hull framed in work can begin on the deck. I decided to model the deck hatches open to allow better ventilation below decks.  The hatch locations were carefully measured out and opened up with a Dremel tool and Xacto knife.
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Corresponding locations were blocked out inside the hull. I did not attempt to duplicate the compartments or passageways below, the intent was to eliminate the see-through look and provide a place to mount the inclined ladders inside.
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After the main deck was mounted the deckhouse under the smoke stack was framed in. Akitsushima also had alcoves under the main deck which can be seen here as well.
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The main deck is in place fore and aft.
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The side plates are secured using carpenter’s clamps and lots of MEK. I found it best to allow several hours for each set of side plates to dry thoroughly and had no trouble with adhesion if I did so.  Any seams were filled with superglue and filed smooth.
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The 0.060″ Evergreen came in 12″ x 24″ (30cm x 60cm) sheets. Butt joints on the hull sides and decks were reinforced with scrap tabs to allow more gluing area.
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The bow area has some tight curves which were difficult to bend from sheet stock. The bow was filled with scraps and built up as a solid piece.
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The scraps were ground down with a Dremel, then filed and sanded. Any gaps were then filled with more scrap and superglue, and the process was repeated until the bow was smooth.
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Here is the basic hull all roughed in and ready for detailing. The Fujimi “Pete” is posed for scale and for the fun of it.