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"MSW crew-mate Kostas Katseas (angeleyes) sends us a fine gallery of images of his IJN Kirishima, in this "On Display" feature!"

the vessel...
Name: Kirishima
Ordered: 1911
Builder: Mitsubishi
Laid down: March 17, 1912
Launched: December 1, 1913
Commissioned: April 19, 1915
Fate: Scuttled following the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 15, 1942

General characteristics
Class and type: Kongō-class battlecruiser
Displacement: 36,600 long tons (37,187 t)
Length: 222 m (728 ft 4 in)
Beam: 31 m (101 ft 8 in)
Draught: 9.7 m (31 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: Steam turbines, 4 shafts
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Range: 10,000 nmi (19,000 km) at 14 kn (26 km/h)
Complement: 1360
Armament: 8 356 mm (14 in) guns (42)
16 155 mm (6.1 in) guns (82)
8 127 mm (5 in) DP (81)
up to 118 25 mm (0.98 in) AA

the model...
This is the Hasegawa kit, "IJN KIRISHIMA " 1/700 scale. This is a kit I built back in 2000, then updated again in 2003, and finally I got to re-update again this Autumn.

The sub is the I-58 if I remember well. The awnings are painted glossy paper. I used the Eduard photo-etch set for Kirishima, and the figures are from Eduard as well.

The water is white glue left to set and dry, and then painted with Tamiya acrylic in a bright green/blue to indicate a small shallow bay/hideway somewere around central Pacific.(talk about wild imagination). The gloss of the sea is ''Klear'' which is an add on (small dose when you mop into the bucket ) to give shine to floor surfaces!! (Edit note-"Future" brand floor wax in the U.S.)

Of course here on the base, you apply it straight from the bottle with a brush. It dries in about 5 minutes,rock hard like a varnish, and if you need you can apply as many layers required to get the shiny and indepth feeling of the real sea surface.

I made the base myself ,and added a brass nameplate as well a self-made acrylic case.
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About the Author

About Kostas Katseas (Angeleyes)


Beautiful work Kostas. Kenny
JAN 07, 2009 - 05:47 AM
Other than the gaff in his write up calling the ship the JDF DDG Kirishima instead of the IJN BB Kirishima, a very nice display of a 700 scale waterline kit,
JAN 07, 2009 - 07:09 AM
i am as much surprised as you are about the title.I wouldn't be able to put all these letters in their right order even if i wanted to ,never mind accidentally.I just dont have a clue how they appear on the heading.I guess the editor must have mixed them up with some other submission,thats the best explanation i can think off.
JAN 07, 2009 - 07:43 AM
One great build of a IJN ship! I love the awnings and would really like a write up on making them if possible.
JAN 07, 2009 - 10:10 AM
Fantastic work Kostas, a true masterpiece, the level of detail is mesmerizing! thank you kindly for sharing, Frank
JAN 07, 2009 - 10:54 AM
Excellent workmanship on a great display piece. I can only echo the positive comments.
JAN 07, 2009 - 03:15 PM
Wonderful presentation in many ways and a great piece of artwork, congratulations. Peter F
JAN 07, 2009 - 08:03 PM
Sorry mates, pre/post Holiday burnout...should be all good now!
JAN 07, 2009 - 09:29 PM
Excellent presentation Kostas! Very well balanced altogether, with a good weathering/volume enhancement. Congratulations, Rui
JAN 09, 2009 - 05:58 AM
really nice and inspirational work, thanks for sharing!
JAN 09, 2009 - 06:21 AM