Week 65  This week railings and platforms

The bits we received

And what we did with them

The first job I did was to fill in the gap between the top of the plastic semi-circle and the brass bulkhead.  This was done with several applications of Mr Surfacer 1000.  This is a very fine filler that you can paint on.  It's a great product, but stinks of solvent (I use it in the garage to maintain domestic harmony !) and is difficult to obtain in the UK.  I got mine from one of the Ebay model shops based in Singapore.  It's cheaper to get it that way than pay the extortionate price from the one model shop in the UK that stocks it.  Anyway, I painted several coats, and then sanded it back smooth.

The deck was held in place by fingers.  It should be a really good fit if you got week 60 done carefully and got the brass bulkheads fitted without any excess glue oozing onto the deck.

The platform was prepared by removing if from the fret and sanding the bottom to key the surface.  Then the edges were filed flat with a diamond coated file (specially made by Tamiya for filing etched parts) to remove the burr left by the etching process.  It's important to get the outside edge smooth and flat so that the hand rail will glue to it.

I put a smear of thick super glue on the wooden deck where the platform goes, being careful not to get any near the printed deck as this will need to come off again.  Put the etched platform in place, hold it firmly and remove the printed deck to make sure it doesn't get stuck by accident.

This is all four platforms glued in place.

Next I put the printed deck back in place and made sure the curved part where the hand rail will be glued was flush with the ply underneath.  I had to trim the printed deck a bit with a sharp knife (use a fresh blade to get a nice clean cut).

Bending the hand rails is not too difficult.  I have found a small sheet of rubber (left over from building a kit car !) and rolled the part on the rubber with a paint brush handle.  This works really well and gives a smooth curve.  The curve was actually a bit too tight, but it's an easy matter to easy bend out until it fits perfectly.

There is a kink in the end of the part where the rail goes onto the straight section.  This was put in with a pair of smooth jawed pliers.

The part was glued in place with super glue.

The rest of the rails were bent and glued in the same way.  Rather annoyingly, the straight sections still needed a bend as the uprights don't coincide with the transition from curve to straight. Here are the completed hand rails.

 

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
Fit the bulkhead in week 62
Week 65

Hot tip of the week

Try to get the band in the hand rails as accurate as possible as this makes it so much easier to glue them in place.

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

This week :

6 hrs

Running total :

hrs

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