I happen to know the gentleman who used to own this model. He tells me it was created by Hideo Fukishima in 1948. Fukishima was a Japanese model maker of some renown who came to live in North Carolina shortly after the war.The model itself took some 18 months to complete. Apparently, Fukishima had perfected the art of painting with a minute camel hair brush, applying each stroke between his own heartbeats!He died when he was hit by a pigeon in 1988, and is survived by his wife, Yuka, his children Ryuichi and Suki, and his turtle, Derek.
Thanks for the info. It is sad to see how many Japanese artists have been killed by pigeons, and as you are probably aware, the number grows every year, sadly, as does the number of orphaned turtles.