As seen in sep. 1944


Hasegawa plastic kit no.119 (New mould)

Scale 1:700 Water Line Series

See how I build the kit on the bottom of this page

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First ISE's history:

Main construction for the battleship ISE was completed a Kawasaki Shipyard in Kobe in December 1917. At first, it was intended to be the third battleship in the FUSO Class series, but financial difficulties resulted, paradoxically, in commissioning being delayed long enough for newly developed improvements on the original FUSO main gun layout design to be incorporated in the new battleship. Finally commissioned in April 1918, the ISE was assigned to the first Battle Squadron of the First Fleet. The ISE had minor improvements over the next two decades of its service life, undergoing a major overhaul at Kure Navy Yard from August 1st, 1935 to May 31st, 1937 that greatly upgraded the performance and changed the appearance of the vessel. In May 1942, after Japan's into World War Two, the ISE was the first ship to test the Imperial Japanese Navy's new shipborne radar system, carrying this equipment into the battle of Midway the next month. After the IJN's disastrous loss of four carriers in that fateful battle, an emergency program of converting selected IJN vessels to have aircraft carrying capabilities was undertaken, and the ISE was one of these ships, undergoing the conversion at Kure Navy Yard from February to August 23rd 1943. The fifth and sixth gun turrets were removed to make way for an aircraft hangar which was covered with a flight deck area, turning the ISE into a hybrid seaplane tender/battleship. After conversion was completed, the ISE was assigned to the Forth Aircraft Cerrier Squadron of the Third Fleet, taken part in the Cape Engano engagement during the battle of Leyte Gulf as part of the IJN's risky Operation Sho in the Philippine Island in October 1944. Returned to Kure after this, the ISE sat out the rest of the war there, where damage from air raids on July 24th and 28th ended up totally sinking her.


Technical specification:

Official trail displacement: 38,662 tons

length: 219.62 m

beam:  33.83 m

draught: 9.03 m

ship horse power: 80,825hp

speed : 25.31 knots

main guns 8 (4x2) 14 = 35.6 cm 

medium guns AA 16 (8x2) 12.7 cm

light guns AA 93 (31x3) 25mm

22 aircraft two catapults

crew: 1,660


Build process:

This is my second ship the the goal of building all the IJN's Battleships from WWII.

ISE was a great model to build, it was my plan to build her at a later stage, because I was just finish with HYUGA as ISE sister ship although her appearance was as in 1941. Therefore I though the build was to be a nearly copy of the build process of HYUGA, but to my surprise ISE has many small differences from the former.

I used PE from EDUARD (IJN railing) and Tom's model works (IJN battleship, horizontal and declined ladders) ect.

Here I found PE of the lattice structure - underneath the platforms - around the funnel (last time I had to scratch build this myself). But the height was not at tall as desired, therefore I used the lower part from the plastic kit and mounted the PE on top. The combination ended up nice and to my pleasure blended nice in. Please see pic. #14.

The two catapult on ISE class Battleships is heavier and longer than the catapults on the other IJN battleships, so I made two long out of four small - the surplus PE parts was used to make the crane on the flight deck.

My wife donated an gold necklace for the anchor chains.

The kit comes without the parts of the railcars to the aircraft. -I made mine of styrene plastic, I was not able to determine if the "Judy" planes have there landing gear extracted on the rail cars, due to little information- but in retrospect it will have been more correct to not have them extended as on my model. 

The kit comes in the new mould version, but still have some things that can be done to improve the finish model. I made new tripod bars of styrene in the pagoda mast. Also all the braces under the platforms are made in that way. I use a Dremmel to cut out all the plastic windows in the Tower/command Bridge and replace it with PE "horizontal ladders".    

For custom work: Evergreen plastic strip stryrene rod, tube and sheet. And also thin steel, cobber, and silver wire.  

Household metal sheet is used for some of the flags. The rigging is made of nylon invisible tread -this time I run a permanent black marker pen though the tread to darken it. I also painted the isolators on the rigging white. (Thanks fellow modellers on the net)

De Gauss cable around of the ship is made of a thin cobber wire from inside an electrical wire as well as the oars in the lifeboats.  

The pictures are taken on my desk with two 20-watt halogen lights. The camera is a 5 Mp. PANASONIC FZ5 on a tripod on macro and tele-macro mode. 

For further information please see HYUGA.

The building time was 6 weeks.

Dec. 2005 to mid Jan. 2006.



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