Week 70  This week we get more of the mast

The bits we received

And what we did with them

I started with the antenna duct, and had a problem straight away.  As you can see in the photo, the duct is too thin.  It should be 2mm square.  I've decided to replace it with a piece of 2mm square brass or plastic.  Unfortunately I haven't got anything suitable so I'll have to order something.

On to the generator exhausts.  The instructions are quite good, so I followed them.  However, I have a tip to make it a bit easier.  The brass rod is quite hard.  Hold it in a pair of pliers, and heat the tip in a gas flame until it glows red, then cool it in cold water.  This will soften the brass and make it easier to bend and file.  Only treat the end where you're going to bend & file it.  Leave the rest of the rod hard so that it stays straight.  Here are the rods bent.

Here are the rods after they have been filed.  

The rest of this week will have to wait until I get a replacement for the antenna duct.

I got some 2x2mm square plastic strip to make a new antenna duct.  This is a Tamiya product.  Below is the original and the fabricated part below.

This is the part fitted.  A nice good fit and looks great.  

Looking at the photos in the magazine, the exhaust pipes should face forward, not backwards.

The handrail was curved as before using a drill shank, and the ends bent using my etched pliers.

Here it is glued in place.  Once the shape was spot on it went in very easily.

Here is the lower ladder glued in place.

And finally, the upper ladder glued in place.


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
Week 54
Fill the nail heads on barbette Caesar
Week 60
Fit bulkheads in week 61
Fit the bulkhead in week 62
Week 65
Week 66
Anti aircraft bridge in week 67
Week 68

Hot tip of the week

There are loads of tips on the forum.

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

This week :

3 hrs

Running total :


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