1/72 Akitsushima (秋津洲) IJN Seaplane Tender Scratchbuild Part V – Building the Hasegawa H8K2 Emily Flying Boat

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The 1/72 scale Hasegawa Kawanishi H8K2 Emily kit is what originally planted the seed for this entire project. The kit does not disappoint, and is everything you would expect from a new mold Hasegawa offering.  Fit was outstanding throughout, molding is crisp with many fine details.
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On the underside of the hull there is a grid pattern of raised detail. I believe that is meant to represent the internal structural framing, but it should not be visible.  Easy enough to sand off but be aware of the need.
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Internal detail is impressive right out of the box. I added some detail to the nose section as I wanted to pose the crew access door open, but even that was almost impossible to see on the finished model.
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One area where extra detail will be visible is the engines. These are the kit engines with the push rods replaced and wiring added.
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Akitsushima had deck storage for four wingtip floats, two against the midships bulkhead on the starboard side (shown in the photograph in the earlier reference post), and two shown in drawings on the main deck. The drawings also illustrate a main float for an A6M2-N Rufe fighter aft of the stack.  I cut an insert to fill the attachment recess on one of the kit floats and used that to make a mold for resin clones to provide the needed spares.
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Emily is a big girl, the fuel truck makes for a good size comparison.
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Here is the finished Emily on her beaching gear at the Inch High International Airport (and seaplane ramp, apparently).
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Emily in flight. I painted the Hinomaru using Maketar kabuki masks, but the stencils and tail codes are from the kit.  Hasegawa did a good job replicating the silver walkway stripes, but they are printed as one huge strip.  I cut the small stripes out separately to prevent any chance of the decal film silvering.
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Here is the completed Emily test-fit on her display base. The aircraft will be one of the focal points of the project so it is fortunate that Hasegawa produces such a fine kit.
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The Emily is secured to the cradle mechanically with long bronze rods. The rods penetrate the cradle and go into the hull itself to prevent the danger of a weak bond between any of the other components.  To prevent slippage, the contact points will be joined with MicroScale LiquiTape, which is an adhesive that remains tacky without drying hard.  This will allow removal of the Emily if desired.
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This long view of the Akitsushima with the Emily test fit shows everything in perspective. The Emily is a rather large aircraft, Akitsushima is probably about the smallest displacement tender design which could accommodate these large flying boats aboard.