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Felt the urge to tackle the last of my IJN fleet in 1/6000.  I purchased the Coral Sea/Midway set years ago, and it has languished over time.  (including a trip in a foot locker to the other side of the world.)  I swapped my 1/2400 scale minis for 1/6000 scale back in the 90's when I really got into WWII miniatures gaming.  I prefer the way the 1/6000 scale ships look on the board as it looks more like a fleet action.

Anyway, the carriers are the hardest ones to paint simply because of the need to detail the flight decks.  I have seen some decals on-line, but figure a freehand design will work fine for the 2-3' viewing distance of the typical naval wargame.  The first two I attempted were the Akagi and Kaga (seem above), veterans of Pearl Harbor and larger models.

Next I tried some smaller Chitose class carriers, which turned out fairly well.


I still have another 8 carriers to finish, but I did take the time to also complete the last of my unfinished cruisers:




The Chiyodas and the Sendais are missing their normal bases.  It appears I used them for the wrong ships earlier, so I will need to sort out the bases to match them up.  That said, I can see basing these on larger tiles over the long-term, so I have enough room to put ship names on the base.  It is hard enough to remember the names of all these ships after all these years, let alone squinting down to something this small.

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  1. Good looking work, will look great in action

    Ian

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    1. I do like the way they look for fleet actions. Now comes the tough part: US Cruisers and Capitol ships. That blasted camo is going to take some time.

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    1. Thanks, the rest of the carriers are coming along nicely.

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  3. Nice one, those Figurehead models are beutiful!

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    1. I do enjoy them. They paint quickly as well.

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