Week 61  This week we get the second bit of decking

The bits we received

And what we did with them

First a suggestion.  Don't glue the brass bulkheads in place in this issue.  Wait until after you've done next weeks issue, otherwise the handrails you glue in place will get in the way of bending the bulkhead next week.

First the first dry fitting of the deck, and you can see that there is a gap between the front of the superstructure and the deck.  Have to do something about this.  It's a shame that the superstructure is already glued in place - otherwise it would be easy just to move it forward a bit.

Here's how I'm fixing it.  Firstly, part 119 is removed.  This is easily done with an iron, as mentioned in week 37.  The heat from the iron will soften the PVA glue, allowing the part to be prised off easily, without damage.  Once this was off, I used a razor saw, and cut through the lower ply part.  Heat with the iron again and the sawn part can be prised free.  A light sanding will remove and glue residue.

Now the sawn part needs to be glued back in the correct position.  I held the deck in place with a couple of pegs.  I used a scrape of brass left over from the edge of a fret as a spacer, and then glued the wooden part back in position, pushing it forward so it and the brass spacer are pushed gently against the deck.  Make sure that it is still central.  Note that the spacer is a scrape of brass that is full thickness, whereas the bulkhead that goes in here is half etched, so a bit thinner.  I did it this way so that the parts weren't too tight a fit.  The tiny gap should be almost invisible.

The next job will be to glue part 119 back.  To do this I'll just put a square against the sawn bit I've just repositioned, so that the front is vertical.  The result is below.

I held the deck in place with cloths pegs, and removed just the one needed to sand each edge.  Sand the edges carefully as the wood is delicate.

As I mentioned above, I'm not going to fit any of the bulkheads with handrails for the moment.  I will fit the 6 bulkheads under the overhanging deck though.  Firstly, I made sure that there were no traces of glue left in the corners, which would stop the brass bits fitting neatly.  The areas marked with red arrows.  Also note that the forward facing end of the plastic hanger doesn't have brass cladding, so make sure that is smooth and ready for painting.

Do several dry fits with all the parts before gluing anything.  I found the longer bulkhead needed shortening by a fraction to get it to fit.  That part went in first, followed by the short bulkhead.  Be careful to get these the right way round.  I glued these with super glue.  Not my favourite glue, but these are small, unstressed pieces, so they should be held OK with super glue.  Don't forget to key the back with sandpaper before gluing them.

Finally, the curved part was fitted.  First, I curved it by rolling with a drill on the mouse mat.  It's not a uniform curve so it took several goes to get it perfect.  Then glue it in place, being very careful to get the end to line up with the short brass piece to form a neat corner.

Note that the following steps are being done after week 62 has been completed.  

The 4 forward bulkheads have been glued in place using slow setting Araldite, same process as week 60.

The last part of this issue is to glue on the aft bulkheads,  Here you can see the bulkhead glued in place.  The cable that is still sticking out will simply be bent round and glued with a tiny drop of super glue.


Things not yet done

Fitting the fore deck
Stern deck part 63 not fitted.
Fixing deck
Fit resin stern part 70
Fit the bilge keels
Fit sea chest grills
Fit the resin bow piece
Add hanger side doors : Done
Week 54
Fill the nail heads on barbette Caesar
Fit hanger door : Done
Week 60
Fit bulkheads in week 61

Hot tip of the week

The railings are very delicate, and will probably get bent during assembly.  They are not too difficult to straighten with a pair of tweezers, but if they are bent and straightened several times they will get brittle and break. 

How many hours does it take to build the model ??

This week :

10 hrs

Running total :


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