Hello again fellow modelers! Well, another
project completed. This time it is the ill fated Doyusha Kit of the IJN Shinano
in 1/250 scale, the infamous "Bathtub Toy".This is the name givin to the kit by
many on the internet. Many times I have read postings on this kit and they are
all very negative. I thought ,"it can't be that bad!". Wanting to do a larger
scale carrier of the IJN, I thought in spite of all the bad reviews I would give
it shot as I am always up for a challenge. It makes the hobby that much more
interesting. Well, I did get the kit and the rumors were true!! Not real good.
But on the other hand it could be built into a good model with some work.
First off, all the gun tubs are inaccurate and would have to be rebuilt. Also,
the island assy is wrong and would also need rebuilding. Also the funnel area is
not right . Upon opening the box I knew I was in a mess!! I needed plans. I
contacted Bill Gruner at Pacific Front Hobbies and he got me some great plans
from MYCO of Japan.3 pages worth.I set to work on trying to salvage the old kit.
As you can see I think it turned out rather well. I scratchbuilt about half of
the kit with new parts namely, all gun tubs, the island assy., the funnel area
as well as misc. platforms.The hull is rather poor but close enough. The Arii
kit of the Yamato would have been a better hull for the build. I also
scratchbuilt all superstructure above Yamato's original deck. There are a few
parts in the kit which can be used. The flight deck, with some minor mods, The
larger AA guns, the aircraft and a few other small items. With respect to the
A/C, they are not bad however there are only 12 supplied with the kit. A
dissapointment.I was able to get another kit at a cheap price and then found a
source for more. I ended up with 30 planes on deck. The x-tra parts from the
second kit helped too.
I have attempted to show here what can be done with an old inaccurate kit. It
was time consuming and I found that I could have used other routes. However my
goal was to show what could be done here as to dispell the Bathtub Toy nickname.
Shinano is pretty good size when completed , 41" long and about 7" abeam. I used
a GMM Photo Etch kit for the Yamato, some fittings from HR Products, some
leftover parts from the Nichimo kit of Yamato and alot of improvisational
engineering!! Construction time was about 5 months.
I hope you all will enjoy the photos.See what you think. I am always eager for
comments, good or bad. Contact me on the board or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Next project is
underway. Stay tuned and Happy Modeling!!
Photos and text © 2005 by
June 27, 2005