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In keeping with the series Star Blazers I decided to build my own Space Battleship Yamato.  Unfortunately after I took a close look at the modifications they made for the series and decoded to abandon the project and just put my extra Yamato kit on the shelf.  As things go I just couldn't let it go.  Here I had a kit that I paid 30.00 dolllars for and ended up with a second box of parts from another kit.  Eventually I got an idea, During the war the Japanese converted several types of warships into hybrids that could aircraft or in some cases took large ships and converted them into aircraft carriers, why not this one?

I started to think about different ways I could convert my kit.  

 

Using the star Blazers kit as a rough guide, I started to test out ways to make  the conversion.

I started by putting on a new deck made out of a sheet of plastic.  

I took off the rudder and drive shaft parts and extra sheeting on each side for heavier armor and to cover up some of the contours of the hull.

The wave motion gun of the original ship was not needed so I added a different type of heavy energy weapon in the bow and the heavy shielding around the two main gun turrets, a modified superstructure slightly smaller engine and a ff;ight deck.

 

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Too cool Thom! I'm going to enjoy this one. I love the thought of a scratch built SBY themed ship. You might be better making your own fins as at least you'd get the size you want 😁

Hey speaking of SBY, do you have any images or links to of the new Andromeda which apparently has a smaller bridge and more guns? I can't find anything on it and I trust my source to be correct 

Anyway I am taking a front row perch for this build.  Can't wait for the next update 

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Cool concept and looks like your off to a great start

 

Looking  forward to how it turns out

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I'll have some more pictures soon,. There have ben some real world distractions after me lately.  I already have an idea for another class ship in the series.

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Here's a new update.

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The bay doors to the parking and maint. area.  There are two access doors, one on each side of the patch and another , smaller door on each side of the extended area.

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The upper access area to the main engine.

 

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Some of the defensive weapons.  

.On the top row are the quad pulse guns, one step below then are the smaller turret guns that slide into position on their rail system. 

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Under the ship, instead of having a  permanent structure suspended under the, this class ship has two sensor units that can lower into position when needed.  They are protected by a armored shield.  

 

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A few changes made the bridge into a new class with a more open bridge view, thanks to a aircraft canopy.  The top of the superstructure is from a Macross Valkyrie and radars will be added to the ends and top of the tubes just before painting.  Some access hatches were added for maint. work and the tracks for the outer gun are more visable at the moment.

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Details look great and seem to have a function as well. Nicely done!

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Are you scratching the main superstructure base shapes? If so - that's so bloody awesome I want to cry.

I like those sensor ideas too, but I reckon a small viewing platform could look cool: sort of a sleek gun turret shaped window  dropping midships between the 2 sensors? Like a mini third bridge but more in profile with the hull as opposed to sticking right out.

I like how your keeping that WW2 theme going as well

Great stuff all round Thom! Can't wait to see more :cheers::thumbsup:

 

 

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Basically the superstructure is from the kit but I did some modifications like the two level bridge shape, mover the smaller turret closer , cut down the funnel and turned it into a large missile launch platform, and added a small platform for a couple more sensors sitting on a piece of photo etch.

 

Access ladders are being added to the three forward turrets, the quad guns, the corners of the side gun area and maybe a couple other areas where maint. teams may have to work.  A few areas will have railings as necessary along with some airlock hatches, either vertically or on the deck.

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Getting closer to the end now.  The ship will be in three colors, two shades of grey and red brown.  I'm thinking of adding the typical linoleum brown on the decks of the superstructure and maybe a pattern decal on the flight deck.

 

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I've added a communications array with a protective deck section around the more sensitive areas of the bow to shield it from radiation effects when the main weapons are fired.

There will be some re-enforcement braces added to the bow shield.

 

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A couple tail guns have been added on each side of the engineering area as well as the screened platform at the edge of the deck.  They would be raised or lowered as necessary just like the antenna in front of it, which will also have a navigation light added to the front of the spike.

 

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The pagoda structure has a scanner array added to the end of the bar and another type will be added to the front of the bar.  These will be able to swing up or down to a better scan  and will complement the round scanners on both sides just below the bar.  Another array will be added to the back of the pagoda.

 

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The box launchers can be seen on their swivel mounts above the main guns.

I found a couple places that needed a little more work and will be repainted this weekend.

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That will be posted shortly, I hope.

 

Sometimes you have to wonder what kind of reaction this project would have on the people who created the original Space Battleship Yamato.  Would they like it? 

 

What do you think?

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