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Bandai 1/48th Shinkai 6500 Manned Research Submersible (2019)

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Build number 21, completed in 2019.

I replaced the solid-plastic sample baskets with scratch-built mesh ones for a more realistic look, and I completely removed and replaced the simplistic two-LED lighting system supplied.  Instead this little sub now has a new cool-white 3mm LED "headlight", a new warm-white 3mm interior cabin light, and six 0402 SMD-LED spot lights, all powered from a couple of AAA batteries hidden in the hull.

I also replaced the moulded-on grab-handles on the front, and the moulded-on cages over the sticky-outy-things on the top with new ones made from bent wire (paper clips are great for this sort of thing).

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Fantastic detail in the pressure-sphere...

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Which you cannot see AT ALL once the sphere is closed-up.  I don't know why I bother, I really don't....!

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Replacement sample baskets under construction.  Not perfect, but better than the solid-plastic things supplied in the kit.

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New grab-handles from bent paper-clips, and wiring for the new spotlight LEDs.

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Fake fish-tank rock from a pet store.

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If you look carefully, you can just see the interior cabin light through the tiny portholes.

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That's really good.

Perhaps if you put a photo of the cabin interior next to the display everyone could see all the excellent internal detail.

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