To prevent personnel from slipping on wet decks most navies apply a textured coating, giving decks a rough or sandpaper feel. The Imperial Japanese navy covered decks on their warships with either a reddish brown linoleum surface or welded 200mm x 20mm flat bar stock diagonally to the deck. The linoleum is easy enough to reproduce with paint, the bar stock was reproduced with sections of 0.010″ x 0.010″ Evergreen strips cut to slightly less than 3mm in length. A large portion of Akitsushima’s weather deck was covered in these small strips as a form of treadplate, approximately 10,000 were applied to the model.
Here the after deckhouse is getting the detail treatment. The “Y-gun” depth charge thrower and reloads are 3D printed items, as are the mushroom vents and collapsible davit. Lifeline stanchions are laser cut items from VectorCut. The rack for the depth charge reloads was built following detail drawings of racks on IJN destroyers.
The after deckhouse from the opposite angle, now with the covered mooring line reels in place. The deckhouse assembly can be set aside to prevent damage and permanently attached later in the build.
Here the fo’c’sle has received some additional detail prior to priming and painting. The roller chocks on either side are part of the fittings for rigging paravanes. The brake wheels for the capstans are more laser cut goodies from VectorCut, and two more 3D mushroom vents are added here.
From the breakwater to the change in deck level amidships Akitsushima’s weatherdeck was covered in linoleum. The deck hatches have all received inclined ladders which are a stock item from Evergreen, handrails were added to these. Along the deck edges various chocks, bits, and cleats are added, and the holes for the lifeline stanchions have already been drilled.
This is the midships deckhouse area. The frame structure at an angle forward is a mechanical stop to prevent the midships 127mm gun from firing into the stack. Some illustrators are confused by this structure and show the guns trained aft at zero elevation within this frame, pointed directly at the stack! There are a number of “doodads” on and around this area, several were fabricated using parts from the spares box.
This is the turntable and tracks for the aircraft cradle. The gray parts to the right are cradles for some of the ship’s boats, a pair of 13m utility boats and an 11m motor boat in the center. On my build the motor boat will be off on other duties.
The aft deckhouse test fit on the fantail. Just forward of the deckhouse is a capstan, and at the corners are rollers used to bend the lines around to the chocks at the stern. At the deck edge are three roller racks on each side for depth charges.
The after main deck from a different angle. You can get a feel for the number of treadplates required in this view.
From this angle the recesses under the main deck are visible. These would provide some shelter for watchstanders on the quarterdeck in port. The frame structures on the deckhouse are for stowing a spare float for an A6M2-N “Rufe” floatplane fighter.
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