Starting the hull

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Starting the hull

Post by geedog » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:58 pm

Just some pictures of the bilge keels and prop shaft struts glued into place. A little filling and sanding next on the agenda.

I'm still debating the condenser outlet ports. Are they really so obvious? How much detail will really be noticed after she's sitting on my shelf??

Aw; the eternal quandrum. I'll regret do one thing as opposed to regretting not doing another.

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by Pete Coleman » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:06 pm

You actually do your modelling whilst running on a treadmill? x9x
Good start Greg...
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Post by geedog » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:16 pm

Now that I've stopped laughing......I can answer that.

It's the only place in my study where I can sit the box, and still have space on the bench. Gotta love these 90 year old homes.

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by geedog » Fri May 11, 2012 10:09 pm

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My PE order arrived last week! An oh so not so gentle kick in the pants to get moving on this model.

Per the Rivet Counter .... I built up the forward well deck cut outs in the bulwarks. At least now the gold cheat line will run a straight line down the lenght of the hull. The lower hull now has a coat of red anti foul, Rustoleum red primer that is and a coat of white along the top of the hull as a primer for the cheat line and the final white coat above that.

Any and all comments are always welcome.....

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by Rob » Sat May 12, 2012 7:59 am

The etch looks good Greg particularly the window frames. The moulded ones are rather chunky and need replacing with something more refined.

I’m following with interest and making notes for my own build.

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by geedog » Sat May 12, 2012 5:38 pm

Thanks for looking in Rob. You're right about the PE being a vast improvement on the kits windows. Lord knows I do have my work cut out for me. If you think the windows look clunky.... have you seen the lifeboat davits? Basically an inverted J shaped blob. The PE for those are a built up affair of about 8 pieces per davit if I recall correctly. But the improvement in appearance with be well worth the effort.

Speaking of effort.... not much done today. I masked off and painted the cheat line. Later I'll re-mask to cover the yellow and bring the black hull up to meet it. So this is where I am today....

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by Rob » Sun May 13, 2012 9:48 am

Hi Greg,
Don’t panic over the PE. If you are assembling a multi part structure try using PVA. It takes longer to set than super glue so you will have plenty of adjustment time, and if you do make a mistake a dip in some boiling water will soon have it apart again.

Once you have worked out how to assemble the initial one the others will be much quicker.

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by geedog » Sun May 13, 2012 11:00 pm

Thanks Rob, that's a tip I'll have to remember. After assembly with PVA, a couple of dabs of CA should lock everything in place,yes?
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Re: Starting the hull

Post by Pete Coleman » Mon May 14, 2012 9:27 am

Hey Greg she's looking really good and what a lovely lot of etch you've got!
I'm following your build with much interest...
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Re: Starting the hull

Post by Rob » Mon May 14, 2012 4:48 pm

Hi Greg,
The PVA should be strong enough to hold it all together. Larger assemblies may need a touch of CA if you think they are vulnerable but the brass is likely to bend and distort before well dried PVA gives up.

A lot of the etch on my Scharnhorst is stuck this way and touch wood…..

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by pstanfield » Thu May 17, 2012 11:29 pm

Looking good. I've been thinking of building Titanic "some time" in the future. Of course, I have so much on my plate right now I'll be well into my 90's by that time...

Rob is definitely right about the PVA. My Wasp build would have been a nightmare had I not used it to hold those little PE parts in place. I use Tac glue. It's a hobby glue. Not too expensive and it's a little thicker than what you would normally find. It works great and has a strong bond.

Great work on the hull. Keep the pics coming.

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by geedog » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:47 am

Thanks, gents!

I'm about to call the basic hull work done. I finally got around to repainting the black on the upper hull up to the cheat line. This took a couple of attempts to get to where I can live with. The first go around was a miserable failure. I tried a 3/64 pin stripe tape to mask the yellow. There is so much raised detail in this area, plating and rivets, that the tape just could not settle down and make a good seal. The black crept under and all but obliterated the line.

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After removing the tape, and some choice language, I decided to let things dry and give it another try . This time, I masked both the upper white and the lower black margins of the line cheating it down a tad to get off the lower line of rivets. Then I sprayed the yellow again at about 12 psi in light multiple passes. This gave me what I can call acceptable, a little wide but at a distance good enough.


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I'll get some Future on her in a day or two and the decals on and then flat coat and start thinking about the main deck and all those windows.

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by Maurice Wilcox » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:47 am

A good result from a tricky paint job, I bet you're glad that bit is over Greg, but with all that tiny pe stuff awaiting you, a little frustration training is no bad thing x4x

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by dafi » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:26 pm

Nice and crisp work!

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Re: Starting the hull

Post by Rob » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:25 pm

Very neat Greg especially round the stern.
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