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Old Jan 18, 2009, 11:32 AM
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IJN Fuso Class Battleship

The Fuso class was a larger and more powerful version of the Kongo class battlecruisers. Composed of two ships, the Fuso and the Yamashiro, the former was laid down at the Kure Naval Yard on 11 March 1912 and the latter at the Yokosuka Naval Yard on 20 November 1913. Both ships were outfitted with six twin 14in turrets and as a result, were built with a greater length to provide the necessary space for such an armament. The ships were designed with offensive capability in mind and as a result suffered from weak armor.

Throughout their lives, the Fuso and the Yamashiro underwent periodic modifications and modernizations. By 1923, foremast platforms were added, as well as changes to the funnel caps to lessen smoke hindrance. Yamashiro in the same time period was equipped with a large spotlight and an experimental platform above her No. 2 turret to allow aircraft to fly off her deck. The Fuso class were also the first ships in the Japanese Imperial Navy to be rebuilt to accomindate oil-burning boilers, which allowed for a minimal increase in speed and independence from coal. In the same reconstruction period in the early part of the 1930's, both ships were outfitted with tower foremasts and the Fuso's 14in gun was modified to elevate an additional 13 degrees allowing for a farther range of 5,000 meters.

The overall modification period in the 1930's lasted five years and also involved the lengthening of the aft hull, as well as the addition of more armor. Prior ro the Battle of Midway, it had been taken into consideration that the Fuso class be converted into hybrid carrier-battleship. This plan was dropped after the devestating defeat at Midway. The Fuso and the Yamashiro saw little action in the war and were sunk together at the Battle of Surigao Strait, part of the larger Battle of Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944.




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Many of you are familiar with my fun builds, which include, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Tarawa, Mobile Bay, LCAC, LCU and IJN Yamato.

This build will be my first using plans generated from my computer. It will be built as in 1944. As much as I love animation, only one will be loaded (two in the works at the same time). One is already lined-up for donation.
I will be creating this absolutely gorgeous warship over this next year. All molds will be saved if anyone wants a crack at her.

She should be ready for our 2009 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Run in Dec.

Please enjoy what will be a fast paced build log with very little writing and lots of pictures.

http://www.wmunderway.8m.com/cgi/yab...num=1232295141


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Old Jan 18, 2009, 12:55 PM
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Very cool Rich. Looking forward to this build!!!
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 02:37 PM
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I'll be watching too Rich.
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 02:43 PM
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About the Builder

Many of you are familiar with my fun builds, which include, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Tarawa, Mobile Bay, LCAC, LCU and IJN Yamato.

This build will be my first using plans generated from my computer. It will be built as in 1944. As much as I love animation, only one will be loaded (two in the works at the same time). One is already lined-up for donation.
I will be creating this absolutely gorgeous warship over this next year. All molds will be saved if anyone wants a crack at her.

She should be ready for our 2009 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Run in Dec.

Please enjoy what will be a fast paced build log with very little writing and lots of pictures.

http://www.wmunderway.8m.com/cgi/yab...num=1232295141


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You've got my undivided attention as I attempt my first RC build here in England of HMS Chatham type 22 Frigate 1/72 scale - remember those pictures can speak a thousand words to a beginner...
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Old Jan 19, 2009, 02:01 AM
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Anyone willing to tackle one of those pagoda masts has my respect and attention. Will be watching.
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Old Jan 19, 2009, 10:40 AM
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Admiral,
For some reason I always thought the Japanese made some of the prettiest ships. The heavy cruisers with their massive purposeful superstructures, and the older battleships with their seemingly impossible 'pagodas' stacked level over level always fascinated me. I always wondered if those structures were actually designed that way or just "we need another platform for this piece of equipment so lets weld another platform on top of here or back here between the legs of this mast."
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Rich:

Looking forward to your build. Do you have the Anatomy of the Ship book on the Fuso?
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if nothing else it will be interesting to watch you replicate the pagodas
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Old Jan 20, 2009, 11:34 PM
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Let's get crackin'


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Hull plug nearly complete.


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Plug complete.

Let me know if you want a copy. Send pm



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...mold coming along...

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Having a good time learning how to build molds.



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...Moving Right Along.

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This build is taking shape and should be available for your collection in the coming months. Please enjoy the progress.


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Fuso Ready to Purchase Soon...RTR IJN Warship 1945

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Hey Folks,


Working hard on Fuso. She should sell for about $3K US, no paint. At this price she will be lacking quite a few fittings. I'm trying to make the price as affordable as possible, while still trying to earn a profit. Additional fittings will be available as your budget allows. More details to come.


I have also decided to make my services available to those who may need them. Hulls, fittings, decks, etc....Please see link for more details in regards to pricing and so forth:

http://www.rcnavalcombat.com/Forum/t...c/Default.aspx


Please enjoy Fuso updated pics.


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