Week 88  This week more handrails

The bits we received

And what we did with them

The fret had previously been painted white.  I actually did most of the frets in a batch to save time.

The bow rails were just a little too long.  Cutting the end off would have been difficult as they were less than 1mm too long, so I files the bottom corner off at the front end.  This allowed the rails to slide forward slightly against the black casting in the bow, and the aft end dropped into place perfectly.  Then it was a case of scraping the paint off the bottom outside edge and gluing them into place.  I did give them a gentle curve, but the bend is quite shallow and they didn't really need it.

Here you can see the two rails in place, along with the rails along the aft edge of the forecastle deck which I had held over from previous issues.  With hind sight I would have cut the cutouts in the beading for the steps at this stage rather than earlier.  This would have get them perfect.  As it is, they are only fractionally out.

The rail across the rear of the boat deck was surprisingly easy.  Put it in the middle and mark the first two bends.  Bend these forwards and check that they are in the right place.  Make the next bend outwards, and you should end up with a short bit of railing sticking out overboard.  If you bend this forwards you will end up with the rail proud of the existing side wall by the thickness of the brass.  Personally I think this doesn't look very good, and it is quite easy to fix.  You simply need to recess the side wall by the thickness of the brass.  Measure how far the rail sticks out, and transfer this measurement to the side wall.  It's best if you reduce the measurement by 1mm as you can carry out a fine adjustment later.  Now take a very sharp knife, I use a scalpel, and shave about 0.5mm off as per the photo below.  Now bend the rail forwards, and make that final adjustment to the recess in the side wall.

Now it's a simple job of gluing the part in place.  I glued the middle first, then ran super glue into the joins with a pin and held them in place while the glue set.

Rail 117 almost fell into place, not needing any special attention.

The next job is the steps.  As you know, I'm using my etchings rather than the Amati plastic parts.  First, I painted the whole fret with white paint.  Now cut out the steps and fold them to shape.  The thin part of the top step needs folding over.  Hold it at the fold line with a pair of small, pointed, smooth jawed pliers, and then push the metal over with a metal knife handle or similar.  This bit of metal has been etched through half the thickness to make this easier.  Now fold the sides in, and then push the steps to the right angle.

It should look like this.  Note how the paint has lifted - that isn't noticable on the actual step.  The photo is about 3 times life size !!
The right hand side of the photo shows the folded over step.  This sits on the high deck and makes the step sit quite firmly.  

Now just put it in place, and apply a tine drop of super glue to fix it top and bottom.  The treads will need painting a wood colour to match the deck for accuracy.  Note the the underside of the treads and the inside of the sides haven't been painted.  It is almost impossible to see these. 

Here are some photos of the other ladders.

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 : done
75 - Fit lookout tower and anchors : lookout tower fitted
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 docking bridge : Forecastle deck rails fitted
86 - Small panels to go in the deck once I've painted them.
87 - Rail 11 for the forecastle deck : Forecastle deck rail fitted

Hot tip of the week

Modelling is a very personal hobby.  You decide how much time you spend, how much money you spend, how much attention you pay to detail, etc.  If you're pleased with your model, that is all that matters.  I'm pleased with my model, but it's not perfect.  Not by a long way.  There are several mistakes and quite a few places where I think, I could have done that better.  However, I'm not going to tell anybody where they are ;o)

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

This week :

8 hrs

Running total :


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