I thought I would start a thread for this. I've been building this for three or four months already. It's a really different experience than an aircraft or tank. There are almost 700 pieces, lots of PE, and its has some very complicated stages. The instructions are also very vague. I'm enjoying it though, and I like the subject. I'm currently playing World of Warships on PS4 and I've collected a few more naval subjects including the Trumpeter 1/350 Essex CV-9 and some Fujimi 1/700 waterline kits. While in Japan recently I was sooo tempted to get the Tamiya 1/350 superdetailed Yamato. Maybe next time. It looks to be a beautiful kit.
It's a great looking ship. Given the investment of time in this already, and that it is going along reasonably nicely, I'm tempted to get the Eduard photoetch railing set. I've had a bunch of trouble with the photo etch included in the kit.
Nice progress Grant. A pity about the PE. I'm tempted to dive into insanity at some stage and get the Oliver Perry destroyer with all the PE. Maybe in 10 years time.
Can I ask a question about the hull paint? What did you use colour wise? I'm building a 1:350 688 and I have the Tamiya XF9 Hull red, but it looks way brown to me. It's really hard to see on a website the colour of other paints, so if you have some knowledge about this, I would love to hear what you have found.
Thanks. For the hull red I used flat red mixed with that hull red. I can't remember the proportions but I just started with the flat red and added drops of the hull red until it looked right. (I'm not really sure what right is though, you see so many variants of the colour.)