Week 90  This week we get the props

The bits we received

And what we did with them

The first thing to do is to remove all the mould lines.  This just takes a while with a set of needle files.  

I didn't like the thickness of the centre prop blades.  The edges are far too thick making it look quite crude.  I used a needle file to give the blades what looked like a better profile, and to thin down the edges.  In the photo you can see the top right blade has been done, but the others haven't.  It is very difficult to show on a photo.  I should add that I don't know if the profile is historically correct, but it looks better.  That is more important to me.

The props will be painted and installed later.  They will be one of the last items to be fitted, to avoid knocking them off while handling the model.  The hubs should be steel colour, and the blades were bronze. 

The hand rails for the steps will be fitted later as well.  (I just didn't feel like doing anything that fiddly just at the moment !!)

I've done the hand rails now.  These are best described as "Tricky blighters" for want of a better phrase.  Well, actually I can think of several better phrases, but I'm not going to use them here.  Anyway, how did I fit these.  They were already painted as I'd painted the frets that they were on.  It was simply a case of cutting them out, applying a drop of super glue to the ends, and putting them in place.  Putting them in place was the tricky part.  They will not stay put on their own, and there is very little surface for the super glue to glue to.  I held them with a pair of tweezers until the super glue went tacky, then let go (hoping they would stay put, they often didn't) and prodded them into place.  I then added a drop more super glue to strengthen things up a bit.  I found that the cranes got in the way.  With hind sight it would be better to leave the cranes off until after these rails have been fitted.  All in all, this little task took all evening.

Here are the rails for the fore deck....

...and the poop deck.

The only one left to do is the one for the docking bridge.  This is being left until after the details on the docking bridge have been fitted.

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

56 - Trunking to fix
63 - Haven't done anything to the lifeboats yet
69 - A couple of the winches still to fit : done
72 - Still got to fit the lifeboat davit arms to the bases
75 - Fit anchors
77 - Navigation lights and 2 vents to fit : vents fitted
80 - Four vents to fit  : done
81 - Three vents to fit  : done
84 - Rails for docking bridge
86 - Small panels to go in the deck once I've painted them.
88 - Ladder for the aft docking bridge to fit
89 - Bow anchor davit to fit (I forgot to paint it !)

Hot tip of the week

I prefer something that looks right as opposed to something that is historically accurate.  Other people may not agree with me, but that's fine.  Each to their own.

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

This week :

4 hrs

Running total :

hrs

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