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WWII IJN Wooden Carrier Deck Display Base

Skunkmodels 1/48 WWII IJN Wooden Carrier Deck Display Base Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2014 Manufacturer Skunkmodels Workshop
Subject WWII IJN Wooden Carrier Deck Display Base Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48014 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch, Wood
Pros Easy to assemble, wooden deck Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $13.99

Review

WWII IJN Wooden Carrier Deck Display Base

Skunkmodels has released a new display base for 1/48 IJN aircraft, this is a wooden flight deck for typical World War II Japanese aircraft carriers. As with many of the previous display bases from Skunkmodels, this set consists of six square base modules and a bunch of connector modules to build a 2 x 3 rectangular base. The odd thing is that the laser-cut wood sections that are included are designed for a 2 x 2 (240mm x 240mm) square base.

And as with the previous display bases from Skunkmodels, this one found its way to the bench to see how this release fits together. Before I knew it, I had transitioned from dry-fitting the parts to gluing the black plastic together and laminating the wooden deck to the base with cyano. After applying lamp black oil wash to each of the tie-down cleat holes in the deck, I removed the cleats from their photo-etched frame and installed them on the deck. When these were in place, I washed the deck down with a wash of Burnt Sienna oils and you can see the result here.

WWII IJN Wooden Carrier Deck Display Base

This was a fun project though I'll be blending the washes and doing some weathering of the deck in the near future. You can see in the image above hoe the deck looks dry (left side) and still a little wet (right set) as the display base went to the camera before it had completely dried.

If you've got a Zero, Kate, Val, or other carrier-based subject in IJN service, this is a nice way to display your hard work! Give one a try!

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Lucky Model for this review sample!

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