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

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With the basic hull built it is time to begin adding details. The first items were the hawse pipes for the anchor chains.  The locations for the penetrations on the fo’c’sle and hull sides were marked out and opened up with the Dremel tool.  Then a drill was used to enlarge both holes to the proper diameter.  Drilling them through in one push keeps the openings true and straight.  Plastic tube is used for the pipe.
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The plastic tube were marked at each penetration, then removed and sawed off. The pieces were then glued in place and any gaps filled with superglue.  Note the gray areas on the hull.  All seams were filled with superglue, sanded down, and then oversprayed with Mr. Surfacer 500 to check for flaws.  Easier to fix any problems now while the hull is still smooth!
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Hull plating is simulated by first scoring vertical recessed lines into the hull sides, matching the spacing and dimensions seen in the photograph. Then strips of 0.015″ Evergreen were also scored and glued to the sides.  The result is hull plating with both raised and recess panel detail.
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One of the functions of Akitsushima was to provide accommodations for the aircraft crews and maintenance personnel, including messing, berthing, and administrative spaces. Therefore she had a lot of portholes for a warship her size.  A lot.  These were carefully measured and drilled out on both sides of the hull and the superstructure, first with a small pilot hole and then to size with an electric drill.
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To simulate the rims of the portholes small sections of Aluminum tube were used. The tube was held in a slotted wooden form and then sections cut off with a Dremel abrasive wheel.  Burrs were removed with a second Dremel and the process was repeated.
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To get the portholes in place a push tool was fashioned from Aluminum stock and plastic tube. This allowed the pieces to be pushed in place to a uniform depth.  This wasn’t always successful, sometimes   the porthole wound up inside the hull and some are still there.
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Ridges are mounted above each porthole to deflect water running down the sides of the ship, these are called “eyebrows”. Here is a pile of eyebrows being made from bronze wire.
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The bow, showing details in place. The bracketed  strip winding its way along the upper edge is the housing for the degaussing cables.  An electric current was passed though these cables to reduce the ship’s magnetic field, thus hopefully reducing its vulnerability to magnetic mines.