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#641 IJN Fubuki

Building the Japanese destroyer Fubuki (吹雪, 1927) from a beautifully detailed 1:700 Yamashita Hobby kit with Tetra Model Works PE.

Build

Notes

The IJN Fubuki (吹雪, “Blizzard”) was one of the most advanced destroyers when she launched in 1927. Sunk 11 October 1942 in the Battle of Cape Esperance, there were 109 survivors rescued by US ships but her captain, Lieutenant Commander Shizuo Yamashita was killed in action.

Fubuki was the lead ship of twenty-four Fubuki-class destroyers. They served as first-line destroyers through the 1930s, and remained formidable weapons systems well into the Pacific War.

This is my first kit from Yamashita Hobby, along with Tetra Model Works PE, after hearing @chris.meddings bang on about them and add as one of a few 3rd party products to sell through his Inside the Armour. Oh, he is not wrong - these are new tools and designs with much finer detail than we’ll typically get in the otherwise great (but aging) offerings from Tamiya, Aoshima, Fujimi and the like.

Paint Scheme

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
cables and chains silver H8 Humbrol 53 gunmetal
canopy, blast bags flat white H11 70.993 white grey
mast head, funnel top flat black H12 70.950 Black
deck wood brown H37 Humbrol 110 natural wood
hull, superstructure dark grey H83 70.992 Neutral Grey

Those were the basics used, plus some oils for weathering.

Build Log

The kit has beautifully detailed plastic.

kit_box

kit_parts

Dry fit and thinking about how this build will go..

build01a

The Tetra Model Works PE set adds some good detail. I think I ended up using most of the set.

build02a

Sub-assemblies for the paint shop.

build02b

Rigging with QW-Model 0.047mm line (good for 1/72 planes, 1/700 ships)

build03a

After some weathering with oils.

build03b

I modelled the sea surface by sculpting the foam a little with a hot wire, covering with wrinkled kitchen foil and then covered again with tissue + Mod Podge to give finer 1:700 detail. The finish is multiple layers of Mod Podge gloss sprayed with selection of greens, blues and greys to build up a little sense of depth.

build04a

Final effects being applied to the sea - wake made of cotton + gel + highlighted with acrylics. A stippled gel coat was later applied to break up any parts of the the sea surface that were too flat or regular.

Wave Patterns by Donald C. Simon is an excellent reference for designing realistic wake effects.

build04b

I used some cotton wool left to set in gel to model the bow wave. Matchstick for scale!

build04c

A simple bass wood frame makes for a tidy presentation.

build05a build05b build05c

Clear Acrylic Display Box 20x12x9cm is great for dust protection but terrible for photographs;-)

build06a

IJN Fubuki 吹雪 in a focus-stacked DSLR shot by @spruecutters, putting my aging phone’s camera to shame.

build07a

IJN Fubuki 吹雪 tooling along at flank speed. That would be about 38(!) knots.

Credits and References

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