Week 86  This week, more hand rails

The bits we received

And what we did with them

As before, they were sprayed white.

I did this section of rail first.  The angled bends were quite tricky to get right.  It took ages fiddling to get it just right.

This curved section was tricky.  It took quite a few goes to get the curve right.  The initial curve was made by rolling the part over a dowel.  A wooden spoon handle works well.  When it was close I put the bends in to match up with the straight side, then spent what seemed an age fiddling to get it spot on.  As you can see from the photo, it is too long for the model.  Not to worry, here's how to fix it.

First, fit the parts on the end.  This is so that you have a straight, upright end to work to.  This makes things so much easier.

Now put the long piece into position and carefully mark the end with a sharp pencil.  Now simply cut off the end and glue it in place.  To cut the end, place it on a hard surface, such as an old laminated work top, sheet of glass or anything that you can find is hard and flat.  You should be using something like this to cut the pieces free from the frets anyway.  Now cut the end by pressing down with a sharp, heavy duty modelling knife.  I found that the thin rails cut easily, but I couldn't get through the thicker one at the bottom, so I resorted to a sharp pair of scissors.  The must be sharp and good quality so you don't bend the metal.  Dress making scissors, kitchen scissors, etc.  Practice on some of the scrap first.  The brass is not much harder to cut than stiff card, but make sure 'er indoors' isn't watching if you've just borrowed her best dress making scissors !!

When you've glued the parts in place this is what the results should look like.  All they need is touching up with white paint.  You'll notice that these parts are glued on top of the bulkhead as per week 83.

The top of this deck house was completed.  All straight forward, but it seemed to late a long time to get all the bits in the right position.  You can see where I need to do some touching up of the white paint.  The end of the handrail looks a bit cock-eyed in the photo.  It's an illusion caused by the shadows - it's is straight in reality.

Hot tip of the week

Use a hard flat sheet to press on when you cut the brass parts free from the fret.  This will stop them bending.

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

56 - Trunking to fix
61 - 2 benches to fit after to railing have been fitted
63 - Haven't done anything to the lifeboats yet
69 - A couple of the winches still to fit
72 - Still got to fit the lifeboat davit arms to the bases
73 - Cranes to assemble
75 - Fit lookout tower and anchors
77 - Navigation lights and 2 vents to fit
80 - Four vents to fit
81 - Three vents to fit
82 - Crane platforms to fit to the cranes
83 - Rails 85 : part 85 fitted
84 - Rails Rails for forecastle, poop deck & docking bridge
86 - Small panels to go int he deck once I've painted them.

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

This week :

8 hrs

Running total :

hrs

Take me back to week 85

Take me to week 87