Week 75  This week some more deck  fittings

The bits we received

And what we did with them

All the parts supplied this week were painted white.  See my tip of the week for a reminder of the painting process.

Then the parts were stuck in place with Super Glue.  I roughened the bottom of the parts with sandpaper to give the glue a better key.  Make sure you keep the bottom surface flat.  The photos below show the various parts in place. 


You'll notice that I haven't done the lookout tower or anchors yet.  I forgot to paint the lookout tower (Dohh!!!) and the anchors will be done with the next batch of black paint.  I'm in no rush to do these as they look as if they will be easy to knock off.

Hot tip of the week

Painting metal parts.

1.  Remove any flash or mould marks with a fine file or fine wet'n'dry paper.

2.  Remove any grease and release agent residue by washing the parts in solvent or mild detergent.

3.  Fix the parts to a base of some sort so that they don't get blown away by the spray can.  I either use Blu-Tac or upside down masking tape, depending on the size of the parts.  I stick them to a length of 1" x 2" wood which allows me to move the parts about so that I can spray all sides.  Don't worry about spraying underneath - you wont see things like the bottom of rollers, etc. (Perfectionists are probably cringing at this, but then, I'm not a perfectionist)

4.  Spray the parts with a primer - I use Halfords white car primer.

5.  Give that 24 hours to dry, then spray with gloss paint.

Follow the instructions on the paint can to the letter - especially the bit about the right distance to spray from.

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

This week :

4 hrs

Running total :


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