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Building The Fujimi 1/350 IJN Kongo, Part 2

Part 8: The Wood Deck…
Here are the steps for preparing the Kongo's deck.

I like to seal thin wood products for three reasons: 1) To keep the wood from getting mold, discoloration, or cracking over the years. 2) To protect it from the adhesive used to glue it on to the ship. 3) To keep the wash from soaking into the wood and allowing it to only bring out the engraved details.

We tried a bunch of different sealing items and came down to three: Sherwin Williams Sanding Sealer (brush on), Tamiya gloss clear coat spray (!), Valspar Premium Enamel. Out of the three, the Valspar turned out the best for staying close to the original wood color. Here is a photo with the three in comparison on a scrap piece of wood. In the photo, the Valspar looks close to the Tamiya (middle), but in real life, worked much better at staying true to the deck color.

While I would have preferred a gloss seal, the satin seal ended up working well for my process.

The pieces were taped down on a very low adhesion tape to minimize curling and blowing away from the spray. The tape is low adhesion to keep the deck from getting destroyed on removal.

After the deck is sealed, it's time for the wash. I like to use a water based product called The Detailer, black. There is also a brown color that is useful for bringing out different effects, but with this deck being made of wood, I really only needed one wash color. The Detailer can be lightened by simply thinning it out with water.

The Detailer is applied over the surface and after it's allowed to dry, it can be wiped off the top surface with a damp Q-Tip, leaving the darker wash in between the planks- the right area of the deck shown here has had the Detailer removal begun on the right side...

Wipe off enough to make the deck and crevices the shade you want it to be. Since this kit depicts the Kongo as she appeared in the Battle off Samar, the deck will be a little grubbier from all of her constant firing at those pesky destroyers of Taffy 3. So I've left a few darker spots here and there.

The top picture is with the Detailer applied, the bottom is with the excess wiped off.

About the Author

About Dade W. Bell (Karybdis)

I'm a third generation modeler who builds a little of everything (mostly Japanese)- all while being a 45 year old hermit who lives a happy, simple life, with my fiancée (author Jaclyn Dolamore) and three cats. My father was an MM3 aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60), my grandfather was in one of the...


Howdy Mark, thanks a ton for getting this whole project started up and allowing me to do it and Jim to set it up. A great team effort all around and it's been a blast working with you guys!
MAY 31, 2009 - 06:12 PM
VERY well done. The article is excellent, demonstrating and illustrating and telling us the good and bad, and the finished product is a real beauty. Lovely detail, very impressive. A beautiful build.
JUN 24, 2009 - 10:09 PM
So Dade, what is next on the workbech. HOw about an Alabama or a Hood? I'm thinking about pulling one of them out when I finish the Panther I'm working on. That way I can follow right behind you again. Oh I just got in a couple of sets of those Lionroar japanese railings. Cheap look really good, and they have a nice bottom attachment rail.. Those railings on the Kongo gave me fits. By the time I had cut them off the sheet and tried to attach them they were slightly managaled and never looked quite right up close. Yours of course looked flawless.
JUN 26, 2009 - 07:51 AM
very well done, very informative, just a great build and a great article! Thanks again for taking the time to document the build in such detail cheers !
JUN 28, 2009 - 12:28 PM
Thanks again guys! I'm sorry to have been such a stranger lately-- I just promised myself that I would not start any new projects until I get some of the 1/2 and 3/4 finished projects I have haunting me out of the way. Some figures, armor, sci-fi, railroad... Steve, my next big project is the 1/350 Space Battleship Yamato (build log will be in Model Geek) followed by a rather nice wood plank on frame sailing project in 1/64 (build log will be posted here). Also in there will be my pre-dread and gator navy campaign pieces...
JUN 28, 2009 - 08:33 PM
Dade, I´ve said it many times in your online build log: Magnificent work! You have put tremendous work not only into building the kit but also into describing the obstacles. On top, you provided really nice and easy to follow solutions with brilliant photo evidence. Outstanding summery about your build of the IJN Kôngo which will save many modelers life. Congratulations!
JUL 02, 2009 - 09:31 PM
Really looking forward to that Space Battleship Yamato build
JUL 04, 2009 - 07:04 AM
Hi guys, thanks again! I promise to one day have up another big build log. I got two pesky projects out of the way last night and am moving on to some others, so the gap is narrowing before I plunge in again. Dan, I'll put a post in here linking to the Yamato build once I get it under way.
JUL 04, 2009 - 08:42 PM
Extraordinary work!
FEB 19, 2013 - 09:45 AM
Thanks Fred!
FEB 19, 2013 - 11:21 AM