Week 72  This week we get more brass bulkheads

The bits we received

And what we did with them

Note : I have deviated from the instructions in this issue.  If you decide to follow my example, you do at your own risk !  (In other words, don't blame me if it goes wrong !!)

The small brass covers and rain guards were glued on first, while the parts were still flat.  It seemed easier to do this before gluing the parts on the model.

The I bent the brass bulkhead to a horseshoe shape using a drill shank as a roller and a piece of rubber sheet to roll it on.  Then the straight ends were bent round so that the part fitted the model as below.  At this stage I looked forwards a bit and realised that there are some gratings to be put on in this area, so I carefully marked the locations of the gratings before I got any more handrails in the way.  A further look forward (thanks to the German preview) and I discovered that there is no deck coating in this area, which would (a) leave a step where the gratings met the deck, and would leave a wood grain visible through the paint.  It would be very difficult to seal and sand the deck now that there are handrails fitted.

Plan B.  I decided to get some 0.37mm (25 thou) plastic card, which is the same thickness as the brass, and using this to make a covering which will give a smooth finish and bring the deck flush with the grating.  I made it in three parts for simplicity.  Here is the first part.

This is the same part with the cut-out to take the grating.

Not glued in place yet, but this is how it will fit.

These are the three parts that make up the complete deck.  They will get glued in place at week 82 when the gratings get fitted.

The remaining bulkhead did not seem to fit too well, so I shall complete week 73 and then come back to it.

Continued, now week 73 is started.

The plain brass bulkhead spacer is fitted in place.  This needed shortening by about 1.5mm on my model (yours may not).  It was simply cut with a pair of short sharp scissors, dry fitted, and then glued in place with 90 second Araldite.  I used this as I had to hold it in place while the glue cured.  Make sure you get it positioned accurately so that the outer piece will line up accurately with the remaining pieces.

Next the detailed piece goes on.  Again, I used 90 second Araldite as I held it in place by hand while the glue cured.  This glue actually worked surprisingly well, so I may well use it for more of the brass work.

This just left a few doors and ladder to be glued in place.  Here is a gratuitous ladder shot !

The plasticard decks I made will be glued on after the other side has been completed.

Things not yet done

Fitting the fore deck
Fixing deck
Fit the bilge keels
Fit sea chest grills
Fit the resin bow piece
Week 54
Fit bulkheads in week 61
Week 64.  Glue platform in place
Week 65
Anti aircraft bridge in week 67
Week 68
Modify wind speed and direction indicators in week 71
Fit remaining bulkhead from week 72

Hot tip of the week

Don't be afraid to modify something if your not happy with the kit design.  After all, it's your model.

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

This week :

3 hrs

Running total :

hrs

Take me back to week 71

Take me to week 73