Week 87 This week, more hand rails
The bits we received
And what we did with them
Paint the fret as usual first.
The stern rails go on first. I also fitted the rails 18, 19 & 20 from week 83 which go along the front of the poop deck. The long rails need a gentle curve in them. I did this by rolling them over a pencil. You don't need to be very accurate as the bollards & bitts hold them in place. Test fir them in place, and check the length. I found I had to cut half the first section of rail off to make them fit. I did the two outer section of rail across the front of the poop, then the two long curved rails. Finally the centre section of the front rail was fitted so that the gaps for the steps were even. This went surprisingly easily. Just one thing to mention. When I glued the bitts in place I used a piece of brass etching as a spacer. The rails that I fitted had paint on one side (I'd scraped it off the side to be glued) so it was quite a tight fit. With hind sight I'd have used a painted piece of brass as the spacer, which would have made life a tiny bit easier.
Here is the docking bridge support. Very straight forward to fit with super glue. I just needed to file a tiny fraction off the top to get it to fit nicely.
The remaining rails on the top of the engine casing were quite straight forward as well. Just more of the same.
Hot tip of the week
When you cut the parts out of the fret you usually leave a tiny 'snag' on the part. The can be removed with a needle file, be gently filing along the length of the part.
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
84 - Rails Rails for forecastle, poop deck & docking bridge : Poop deck rails fitted
86 - Small panels to go int he deck once I've painted them.
87 - Rail 11 for the forecastle deck
How many hours does it take to build the model ??
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