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Ayanami by U-Joe Ayanami by U-Joe
Finally I've found some time to draw something about IJN. Unfortunately I didn't find nice engineering drawings. I used only tiny model and couple of photos.

Ayanami was one of Fubuki-class destroyers. As well as her sisterships, she had formidable armament, high max speed and large action radius. Ayanami was destroyed in 1942 by USS Washington.

By the way, Rei Ayanami from Evangelion was named in honor of this destroyer.
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GoodBadandUgly Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, now I noticed that almost all main characters from Evangelion have surnames commemorating IJN ships and two other aircraft carriers (Langley and Illustrious)...

Great picture, Fubukis are my favourite Japanese destroyers.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, almost all of them.
I'm glad that you like it. Maybe some day I'll draw another picture of one of these beautiful destroyers.
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did not know that about the ship and the anime related names. This is so reminiscent of the great box art from those waterline model kits in 1/700 from Hasegawa/Fujimi/Minicraft/ etc. But the lighting on this work almost imparts photo qualities too.

Well done.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I like those pictures from boxes of Waterline Series model kits, and try to draw something as qualitative as them. Maybe I'll succeed some day.

If I remember well, almost everybody in Evangelion bear a name of a warship. For example, one of the characters got her name in honor of heavy cruiser, and surname in honor of cruiser, converted into aircraft carrier. Another character had long surname consisted of three parts, and each part was a name of an aircraft carrier.
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wtfameric Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
i wonder what it was like on those ships?
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember only one book where you can read about it - 'Japanese destroyer captain' by Tameichi Hara.
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wtfameric Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
cool. but what language is the book in?
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
English version of this book exists. You can download or buy it without sufficient problems.
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I have a copy of this book, a fascinating glimpse into life on the 'other side.'
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you read 'Samurai' by fighter pilot Saburo Sakai? This book is very interesting, and it has pile of information about Imperial Japan too.
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