When we last left IJN Hiryu she was primed and ready to go.
|Shapeways models Primed|
|Initial base coat|
|IJN Hiryu Starboard View|
|IJN Hiryu Port View|
I could not find a decal the proper size so I went ahead and free handed the Red circle. I was able to do an OK job on the aft red stripes with a few touch ups. Unfortunately the deck lines were just not happening for me. The marker was just too thick. I then resorted to a piece of wire as a applicator, but my hand was just not steady enough. In the end I decided my IJN Hiryu will be unique for the time being and go without the deck lines. I hesitated to even try, but at least I can say I gave a good try.
At some point I may give it a try again with a refined method or preferably hire it out to someone with a proven ability.
|IJN Hiryu with "Team Poseidon" War at Sea Card|
Overall I am satisfied and for now it is definitely suitable for gaming and much better than what I had before.
|USS Texas with "Team Poseidon" Card|
After completing two of these I can assure you it will not be long before I place my next Shapeways order. I will just likely stay away from carriers or at least the ones that require much deck work.
(USS Texas Link)
Shapeways is most certainly a viable alternative for 1/1800 scale ships now that WotC has bowed out of the market.
If you are interested in acquiring either of these two Shapeways models you can find them here:
Shapeways Tiny Thingamajigs by Matt Atkinson
Until next time.......Have a safe and happy July 4th!