Week 76  This week eyelets & pipes for the funnel

The bits we received

And what we did with them

The lifeboats are going to be done later.

The funnels were quite straight forward, but there are a couple of tricks that made life easier.

Marking the holes for the eyes.  The eyes need to be 23.5mm down from the top of the funnel, and evenly spaced.  I used a Post-it note !!

First, take your Post-it, and draw a line 23.5mm from the top.  Now wrap the Post-it around the top of the funnel and mark a mark at the front and rear of the funnel.  Now you can remove the Post-it, put it flat on a table, and measure the distance between the marks.  Divide this by 7, and mark 6 points on the line, evenly spaced.  Mine came out at a distance of 5mm, but yours might be slightly different.  Now put the Post-it back on the funnel, lining it up with the top accurately, and push a needle through each point to mark the position of the eyes.

It's best to use a fresh Post-it for each funnel as they might be slightly different sizes.

Finally, drill small holes (you can get a 0.6mm drill from places that sell Dremel style tools) and Superglue the eyes in place.

The copper pipes were very easy.  I cut them by rolling them with a craft knife, and gave them a sand all over with 1000 grit wet'n'dry paper which will give the paint and glue a better key.

Note that I haven't painted anything yet.  I'm going to wait until the funnels are more or less complete before painting them as I only want to do it once.

A list of weeks which haven't been completed yet.

56 - a couple of little vents & trunking to fix
57 - crane pedestals  & hatches to fix
59 - more crane pedestals
60 - The little corner pieces on C deck to fit
61 - 2 benches to fit after to railing have been fitted and two skylights to be fitted.
63 - haven't done anything to the lifeboats yet
67 - Handrails to fit
68 - Ladders for the crane base pedestals
69 - a couple of the winches still to fit
70 - some ladders still to fit
72 - Still got to fit the lifeboat davit arms to the bases
73 - cranes to assemble
74 - Three tall air intakes to fit
74 - Ship's names to paint white.
75 - fit lookout tower and anchors

Hot tip of the week

Paper templates are very useful tools for getting things evenly spaced.

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

This week :

4 hrs

Running total :

hrs

Note: The running total will be updates once I've completed some of the outstanding tasks.

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