Week 92  This week some brass tube and the whistles

The bits we received

And what we did with them

The first job is to bend the brass rods.  I found that these were a bit hard and had a tendency to crack as they bent.  The first rod broke and had to be replaced.  Luckily I had a spare piece of brass rod.  However, a bit of heat treatment softened up the other bits of rod.  Just take a blow lamp and heat the brass till it looks hot, and allow it to cool naturally.  Don't let it get to a red glow as this is very close to it's melting point.  MIND YOU FINGERS. 

The bending was quite straight forward.  You will notice that there is a small additional bend in the top of each rod.  This is there because the bases of the whistles are wider than the brass rod, so the rod needs to stand clear of the funnel so that the whistles stand straight.  Here is a close up.

Gluing the rods in place was very easy.  Just roughen the surface with fine sandpaper, hold them in place, and run a bead of super glue up the join.  Finally, flatten the bottom so that the funnel sits squarely on the deck.  You should make sure that all the whistles are at the same height.  I did this by lining up the top of the brass rod with the line of the rigging eyes.

Here is one of the rods in place.

Funnel painting.  Firstly the funnels were sprayed black.

Not that I didn't worry too much about the bottom halves.

Then I masked off the black tops and sprayed the rest with a cream colour.  Halfords do a car colour that looks about right.

The whistles were painted brass colour, and then glued to the funnel.  The access ladders were added next.  These were just glued on with super glue.

(There are only three of the four funnels shown here as the last one needed a minor repair and repaint as it suffered slightly in storage.)

Then the funnels are glued in place with super glue.

Finally the rigging is added.  It's easiest to tie the twine to the deck first, then tie it off to the funnel top.  The knots are sealed with diluted PVA before the ends are trimmed.

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

56 - Trunking to fix : Done
63 - Haven't done anything to the lifeboats yet : Done
72 - Still got to fit the lifeboat davit arms to the bases
75 - Fit anchors
77 - Navigation lights to fit
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 !)
90 - Fit the hand rails.  Paint and fit the props : Done the hand rails except for the docking bridge

Hot tip of the week

Light pencil marks on the funnel are a useful guide to getting the bends in the same place

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

This week :

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Running total :

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