by David Flynn
1/600 IJN Yamato (Aurora)
I built this c1990 just after Janusz Skulski's book on the Yamato was published. The book was very useful for making the model.
My favorite scale is 1/600, and I liked the looks of the Yamato as completed, with four 6.1-inch turrets, but at that time no Yamato was available at that scale. A local hobby shop had an out of production Aurora model. Aurora's kit was inaccurate in so many ways, but I used it anyway.
I reshaped the bow, and replaced the ends of the main deck with sheet plastic. I made the fourth 6.1-inch turret (port side) with layers of sheet plastic. I added the belt armor and many details.
The model has fallen and been damaged a few times over years. In spite of repairs it is a little worse for wear.