My favorite pre-dreadnought and the most prominently displayed model in my display case is the Box261 Kasuga. In my opinion, there is something about this ship that embodies the essence of pre-dreadnought warships. In the same way, the IJN Mikuma and her sister ships represent warships of the World War II era - sleek, powerful, and efficient. I have decided to display the two ships together to contrast the time period from which they came and to highlight the evolution of naval design in such a short period of time.

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Being a die hard pre-dreadnought fan, I must admit I really enjoyed building the Yankee Modelworks Mikuma. I wanted to build her as she was just before Midway. John was gracious enough to send me the 8-inch turrets and guns. This was the only modification I made. (The YMW Mikuma kit is as built with fifteen 6.1-inch guns) I was surprised at how complicated the model was with the different deck levels and walkways. However, the instructions were clear and there was no major build problems. Minor problems included trimming some parts to fit and a very troublesome bottle of glue. I did have to scratch the main struts for the float planes because the kit provided ones were too short. I used White Ensign Models paints and both airbrushed and brush painted. To do the brass strips on the deck, I used a gold sharpie and then painted over any excess.

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The pictures are of Mikuma in the early morning light of June 3, 1942 steaming toward Midway and immortality. (You may have to use your imagination just a little bit on this one) My daughter said this was the best model I have done. I am not sure I agree with her but I do agree the Yankee Modelworks Mikuma is a fantastic model and a definite must have for your collection.

Quintin Trammell

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