1/700 Waterline IJN Aircraft-Carrier Hiryu
The photo on the left is Imperial Japanese Navy's Aircraft-Carrier Hiryu damaged & on fire during the famous Battle of Midway 1942. The ship sank not long after this photo was taken by a plane from IJN Carrier Honsho. The Hiryu is one of my favourite ship of IJN.
The photo at right is my model of the Hiryu built exactly as to the photo. The damaged deck was scratch-built by using materials such as cardboard, sand & newspaper.
This model came 1st Place at the Small Scale Ship Category in the Australian Model Expo 2002. It was also awarded Gold as the maritime catergory winner in the Australian Capital Territory Scale Modellers' Society Annual Competition 2002.
Although at that time my model making skill was merely at a beginner's level, this model was awarded because the judges were impressed by the idea and the powerful scenery. I still love this work that I have done more than 10 years ago, the first win with this model also marks the turning point of my competitive modelling career.