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#704 IJN Hashidate

Building the Tamiya 1:700 kit of the IJN Gunboat Hashidate 橋立



Hashidate (橋立, Standing Bridge) was the lead vessel in the Hashidate-class gunboats in the Imperial Japanese Navy.

She was intended initially for support of combat operations by the Imperial Japanese Army in the Second Sino-Japanese War off the coast of China. At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hashidate was assigned to the China Area Fleet as part of the 2nd China Expeditionary Fleet’s 15th Escort Group. With the start of the Pacific War, she was assigned to ”Operation C” – the invasion of Hong Kong. She remained based at Hong Kong for most of the war. At some point in 1943, five additional Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Guns were added, along with depth charges in 1944.

On May 22, 1944, she was torpedoed by USS Picuda (SS-382) in the South China Sea off Pratas Island while towing the crippled merchant passenger/cargo ship Tsukuba Maru

Paint Scheme

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
nav light port Red H3  
  Flat White H11 H11
funnel, mast, guns Flat Black H12 H12
nav light stbd Sky Blue H25  
boats, main deck Tan H27 H27
upper deck Wood Brown H37 H37
hull and superstructure Dark Gray (2) H83 H83

Paint Scheme - Type 95 Light Tank

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
  Flat Yellow H4 + H40 4:1  
  Flat Black H12  
  Steel H18  
  Wood Brown H37  
  Red Brown H47  
  IJA Green H60  
  Middle Stone H71  
  Burnt Iron H76  

Build Log

just the basic kit with the addition of some PE railings

build01a build01b build01c build01d

no crew or sea base for this build yet as I’m planning to add it to another diorama..

build02a build02b build02c build02d

Credits and References

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LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

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