|Paul Eisenbergs 1:200 IJN battleship Nagato is a site to
behold. Laid down in November 1995, Paul recently added the finishing touches and
put her under glass. The creator of this masterpiece is a 58 year old high
school history teacher who started scratch building at age 11. P.C. Coker's "Building
Warship Models"greatly influenced Paul's modeling. After reading it he built his
first major work of "reasonable quality," a 1:200 Conti di Cavour. He
generally favors 1:200 scale and has also built Dunkirque, Kongo, Akizuki, Bolzano, I-400
submarine and Pelicano.
The Nagato's hull is constructed in the fashion of an
ice cube tray or egg carton using sheet basswood sections "plated" over with
styrene sheet. Not surprisingly, the pagoda mast structure was the biggest
challenge. Aligning the nine deck levels and the hexapod support structure was quite
difficult but also "most enjoyable", according to Paul. The wood
deck is a scribed styrene "For Sale" sign. Each turret was individually
constructed-no resin casting shortcuts on this model. Paul used neither etched brass nor
pre-constructed fittings in constructing Nagato. Everything on the model is
scratch built with the exception of the anchor chain.
Paul didn't keep a project log so he is not sure how much time Nagato
consumed. He worked in spurts, rarely less than two hours, nor more than eleven. He
occasionally put aside the project, once for as long as one month. And throughout
his wife was "understanding to a fault." We look forward to featuring
Paul's other models in future Warship updates. In the meantime feast your eyes on
this masterpiece and be humble.
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