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A Moment in Time, May 27, 1905, The Battle of Tsushima

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"MSW crew-mate Chuck Bauer (DieselDog) shares a piece of Naval History with us, two fine builds of the vessels involved in the The Battle of Tsushima Strait, in this MSW Feature!"

A Moment in Time
May 27, 1905
The Battle of Tsushima

IJN Mikasa vs. Kynaz Suvorov
Built by Chuck Bauer
Photographed by Kyle Nelson and Mike Bedard

On May 27-28, 1905, Japan and Russia faced off in what is described as “the last battle of steel ships where no aircraft or submarines were involved.”

The leader of the Japanese fleet was Admiral Heihachiro Togo and his flagship was the Mikasa. The leader of the Russian fleet was Admiral Zinovy Rozhestvensky and his flagship was Kynaz Suvorov.

In spite of taking numerous hits, the Mikasa survived the battle; the Suvorov did not.

Much has been written about the battle, and a lot of material is available--including video clips of re-enactments, etc. The models that I built represent the condition of each ship when they sited each other on May 27, 1905. The Suvorov had sailed non-stop 18,000 nautical miles, the Mikasa was waiting in her home waters.

the builds...
The Mikasa model is Hasegawa’s 1/350 “collector edition.” It includes frame able cover art, a statue of Admiral Togo and a commemorative medallion. They even include a print of Admiral Togo on the Mikasa’s bridge with the infamous “Z” flag in the background. The kit detail and instructions are excellent. You could make this kit out of the box and be totally happy.

The Suvorov model is another story. This was a 1/350 scale, Zvezda $29 “bargain”. It took lots of extra work to make the parts fit together and look right.

The kits were purchased by my wife a few Christmases ago, without any knowledge of the ships’ histories. I dug the Mikasa out of my “stash” last year, started doing some research and realized I could make a “set.”

In fact, these ships did win the “Moments in Time” theme award at Twin City Aero Historians’ Nordicon show in September, 2009.

I touched up the Suvorov following the show and the result is shown in the attached photos. I used Tamiya spray paint, Model Master enamels and Verlinden photo etch.

The Mikasa was built with scrap photo etch and Tamiya acrylics. I used fine thread and wire for the rigging and my usual overkill of 6-8 different glues.

Hope you like the result and decide to read more about the battle.
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About the Author

About Chuck Bauer (DieselDog)

Early in my business life I traveled to many US Defense Department installations, including naval shipyards and construction facilities. I built models as a kid, took 40 years off and started up again in 2007. Since then I have seen a lot of good models and learned a lot about model building by att...


Very nice work Chuck.
OCT 29, 2010 - 12:33 PM
Very nice work!!
OCT 29, 2010 - 12:56 PM
Good idea, but colors for Suvorov not real and many small mistakes. Sorry.
OCT 29, 2010 - 02:24 PM
Even with the common mistakes, I'd still like to build as good as this, some 3 years ago I came back into this hobby, for some, its very important that everything is just right, those should honestly turn a blind eye and except that not everyone is an expert, but enjoys this hobby and the buzz it can give when seeing their model on the gallery on display. My work isn't fantastic by anyone's standard, however I enjoy the hobby and any advise, comment, help I get is always welcome. As for myself, the models above, very nice, and many thanks for sharing.
OCT 29, 2010 - 09:34 PM
Please explain, what common mistakes?
OCT 29, 2010 - 09:53 PM
I am merely commenting on this blokes comment Kym, suggest you ask him as he believes ''many mistakes'' (nice to know you're okay''
OCT 29, 2010 - 10:43 PM
Great work on both kits, but especially on the Suvorov! I don't mind small mistakes or colour discrpancies. It's a dog of a kit and you made look it's historically deserved part. There is alway someone who has a pic showhing something you couldn't have known without it. So what?! Great modelling skill and good background story! Cheers, Guido
OCT 29, 2010 - 11:44 PM
Hi guys, I just returned from vacation and have read your comments, pro and con, back and forth... The ship models do reflect two different skill levels of one and two years ago, two ways of presenting a subject, and perhaps, an historical inaccuracy. At any rate, the construction of these two models led me to the fascinating story of the Battle of Tsushima, the Russo-Japanse war, and, ultimately, a thread to Pearl Harbor. Hopefully this submittal conveyed my excitement in learning some new naval history and about my experience with the respective kits. Thank you for your serious and earnest attention. It's great to live in MSW World. Regards, Diesel Dog
NOV 02, 2010 - 01:04 PM
I'm not a shipbuilder, so to me they look great, but I wouldn't know better. I really like the more obscure subject matter. Very cool seeing the earliest style battleships. thanks, Sean.
NOV 02, 2010 - 01:41 PM