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#201 Posted : 07 March 2020 15:32:00

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Really enjoying this build so far. As someone who doesn’t quite have the time to be planking wooden hulls and just wants to screw/glue a few parts together now and again this seems ideal.

I was looking at starting this myself but I think I’ve missed the boat - I seem to only be able to purchase it from issue 40ish onwards and the earlier issues seem to be extortionate prices on eBay.
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#202 Posted : 07 March 2020 17:21:40

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BigGrin Hi Biggsy, thanks for looking in and your comments, always welcome. I know what you mean about the wooden hulled kits, as I have both of these (although never seem to get around to progressing further with it at the moment Blushing )

I see there are issues on fleabay starting about £9, which apart from the first couple of issues, is what you would be paying from Hachette anyway. Good luck if you do decide to build her, I think you will find it cathartic, but can be testing when you get to the smaller etch detail BigGrin Oh and making sure all the electrics work as they shouldLaugh

Regards Gray
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#203 Posted : 08 March 2020 14:59:33

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Finally Mellow . Able to catch up on this build.

Here is Issue 43, The Admaral's bridge.
Parts included: Admiral's bridge deck, Signalman's shelter, Shelter, Gratings, Admiral's bridge walls, Decking, Windows, Railings, Light cable and labe.

For this issue, if you haven't already got them, get a good pair of magnifying lenses and either a descent etch bending tool or some duck nosed pliers! Thrust me, you'll need both before the end of this issue BigGrin

Firstly, cut the gratings from the sprue, apply a little glue to the pegs and assemble. Repeat for opposite side. These then slot into the recess on the side of the admiral's bridge deck.

The cable label wraps around the connector end of the cable, as before. The LED end is then fitted into the recess on the windows for the admiral's brigde and secured with the plate and screwed down.

Turning the windows upside down, so the cable sits below, attach the walls. They just push on, but you can add a little superglue if required. The angled edges sit to the rear. Apply glue to the recesses on the deck, and attach to the top of the bridge walls,

Now you are going to need both the aforementioned magnifying lenses and etch bending tool. All the railings are bent to shape, which is easier than it sounds due to notches in the etch showing where to bend. apply glue to the location holes on the deck and fit the railings in place.

Take the searchlight deck assembly from issue 40, feed the wires through the hole in the admiral's deck and glue in place.

Glue the signalman's shelter in place, and finally, fit the other shelter on top.

This completes Issue 43.
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#204 Posted : 08 March 2020 15:57:39

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Hi Gray,

Watching with close interest such fine detail will be a lovely model

Regards

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Hi nice to see you back on this ,I managed all the etch with tamiya etch bending pliers so far . Though got shapeways one just in case gets more tricky later on ,looking good cheers mick. BigGrin
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Great to see another update on this one Gray, looking fab.....Drool Drool Drool Drool .…

Regards

Alan
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#207 Posted : 14 March 2020 12:53:06

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BigGrin Trev, Mick, Alan, thanks for looking in again ThumpUp

The next issue is Issue 44, The Upper mast Deck.
Parts provided are: The upper mast deck and accessories, decking, lower conning tower halves, parts for the ammunition hoist, port and starboard railings and new anchor rings,

Firstly, the decking is glued to the upper mast deck, although mine didn't require anything. The two halves of the conning tower are joined together and mounted into position.

It's now time for magnifying glasses and tweezers RollEyes . The assembly of the ammunition hoist can be VERY fiddly, but with a little patience, finally goes together. It is then positioned at the front of the upper mast deck. The lockers are easily attached to the side of the conning tower with a little glue.

This time, the etch for the railings comes pre-formed (whew), and is located into the holes on the deck.

I decided to leave the new anchor rings off for now (mainly because the carpet monster ate one of them Blushing ).

This completes Issue 44.
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#208 Posted : 14 March 2020 13:18:11

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On with Issue 45.
Starting to assemble the Forward Superstructure.
Parts included: Details for the admiral's bridge deck, 2x ladders, 3x antenna outriggers, 2x ladder platforms, port & starboard railings, and two curved railings.

taking the admiral's bridge from Issue 43, the two rangefinders are attached to the round platforms, with the rangefinders pointing forward.

Returning to the upper mast deck from the last issue, the two loadspeakers are glued in place, one either side.

We next bend the two railings into shape, and attach to the admiral's bridge deck. The two curved railings locate into holes in the decking beyond the two rangefinders.

The two platforms are formed by bending the etch to shape, and gluing in position underneath the admiral's deck. The next step is to glue the two ladders in position on the upper mast deck, so they sit at an angle.

The first antenna outrigger (the one with the three arms) sits at the front of the foretop galley, The other two are positioned on the admiral's bridge assembly, with the longer one under the searchlight and the shorter one under the front edge.


We now build up the upper mast deck assembly and the admiral's bridge assembly by adding a little glue to the top of the conning tower. Feeding the wires through the opening, both sections are mated together, using the slots in the admiral's bridge assembly. Apply a little glue to the ends of the two ladders, and they locate in to their respective holes in the above decking.

This completes issue 45
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#209 Posted : 14 March 2020 14:02:59

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Issue 46: The next Hull Section.
Parts supplied: Lower port hull section, screws.

An ultra short issue this one: attach hull section and screw in place. Yep that's it. Issue complete Mellow .

There are a couple of points worth noting however. Firstly, we have a small hole below the waterline folks Scared. at first, i wondered if this could be for some sort of power cable, or stand attachment, but i genuinely have no idea at this stage. maybe it's for a realistic bilge pump outlet Laugh Who knows.

Secondly, i put this next to the skeleton of my wooden Bismarck build, just for a sense of scale. As you can see, we are probably around the half way mark with the hull, so yep, it's going to be HUGE OhMyGod

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#210 Posted : 14 March 2020 21:55:43

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Hi looking good,maybe the hole in plate is where the bilge keel fits in .its in about the right place for the front of this,just a thought ,cheers mick. BigGrin
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#211 Posted : 15 March 2020 00:27:47

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Nicely done Gray, really starting to take shape now and she's going to be a big girl.....Cool Cool .. Well done...

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#212 Posted : 15 March 2020 10:01:05

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Wow, that is going to be big. Very nice work Gray, it will be nice to see the two finished side by side. Love Love

Mark
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#213 Posted : 15 March 2020 18:48:19

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BigGrin Thanks guys ThumpUp
Mark I wished I had time to build them both at the same time, but when both are complete I will take a shot of them together ......hopefully Laugh
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#214 Posted : 22 March 2020 21:11:34

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Hi,

I'm a bit behind the curve with this build but am puzzled with references to the Anatomy of the Ship book. I bought this at considerable expense a few days ago and it has no colour illustrations or colour scheme info at aLL, only detailed line drawings which are really only of use to a scratch builder. Are there 2 books with the same title?

Steve
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SLowner wrote:
Hi,

I'm a bit behind the curve with this build but am puzzled with references to the Anatomy of the Ship book. I bought this at considerable expense a few days ago and it has no colour illustrations or colour scheme info at aLL, only detailed line drawings which are really only of use to a scratch builder. Are there 2 books with the same title?

Steve


There are two editions of the book. The later one (red cover) has a number of colour

https://www.amazon.co.uk...ck&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Tony
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#216 Posted : 24 March 2020 22:15:49

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On with the build.
Issue 47: Assembling the Forward Superstructure (or superstructue as it reads in the assembly guide Laugh LOL Laugh )
Parts supplied: Port, Starboard and middle pipes, two life rafts, two ladders, four compasses, railings, rails and semi-circular rails.

If your building along with this, your REALLY going to enjoy this issue!
The build starts easily enough fitting the two yellow life rafts to the sides of the lower mast deck. Next we fit two of the compasses on the admiral's bridge, making sure they point in the right direction. The other two compasses fit on the foretop galley, again angling them correctly.

The two railings for top of the shelter on the admiral's bridge and rear of the foretop command post are easy enough to form providing you bend them the correct way BigGrin

Next, we fit the two semi-circular railings to the conning tower, noting their orientation. The smaller piece sits below the lower rail, on the starboard side. The two small railings fit on the admiral's bridge.

We now get to mount the top part of the superstructure onto the middle section, using a little glue.

Now we are ready to create the ladders. There has been much debate online about this. For those that don't know, for some reason they have been moulded in reverse. If you fit them as per the instructions... well lets just say they do not look very authentic. Having said that, i don't think there is a right way or a wrong way to fit them. I feel it is up to the builder to fit them as they see fit (it's your build after all). I, however, decided to reverse them so they at least look like ladders. I have included a photo of one of mine next to an image of how they want you to build one. The only downside of this is that they do not quite reach the deck. But let's call that artistic license coz that is how i did them Laugh . The first ladder sits in the hole in the searchlight deck, and is glued in place.

We finally get to attach the upper decks to the lower mast deck. You can use glue, but it's a tight fit anyway. Here we get to see the height of the superstructure fully for the first time!

I created the second ladder in the similar way to the first, and attached it to the upper mast deck. The port pipe is fitted next. I found that this did not align properly, so i increased the diameter of the locating holes slightly and attached with glue. The middle and starboard pipes fitted without problems.

This completes Issue 47. As i said at the beginning, it was enjoyable if a bit contentious due to the ladder issue. I am afraid there are a lot of photos to follow...
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#217 Posted : 25 March 2020 21:47:42

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BigGrin Well today's update is a little....sparse Mellow

Issues 48 through 50 took in total 5 minutes to complete. I guess they figured we needed a rest after the complexities of the last few issues.
anyway, issue 48 consists of the next section of the upper deck, which is screwed to the previously assembled upper deck assembly.

Issue 49 consists of the next section of the hull, attached on the starboard side with the three screws provided. It also has one of those enigmatic holes below the waterline. I have taken a shot of this stage complete to show just how big (and heavy) this section now is Laugh .

Issue 50 consists of the motor for the second 38cm turret. basically, we add a cable label and store for future use.

And as the immortal Porky Pig says 'TH Th That's all folks'
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Nice work Gray, some very nice detailing.Love

Mark
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Thanks Mark ThumpUp Have to admit some of that detailing can be VERY fiddly BigGrin Especially with poor eyesight (thank heaven for magnifying lenses LOL BigGrin LOL )
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#220 Posted : 31 March 2020 13:41:16

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Issue 51: The second 38cm Gun Turret.
parts supplied are: Revolving turret housing, base plate, barrel connector, upper and lower motor mounting, cradle, clutch shaft, ring, 2x gun barrels, tension spring and screws.

Firstly, we build up the friction clutch. Applying glue to the two barrels, they are attached to the connector, making sure the barrels are straight. When dry this assembly is slid into the cradle. The ring sits over the shaft so the end sits into the slots on the ring. I then fitted the shaft through the hole in the connector, fitted the spring and pushed the connector through the front hole in the cradle. The motor housing is attached by two screws, as is the upper part of the motor housing. Once the motor is aligned and fitted, the lower part of the motor housing secures everything in place. This assembly then sits inside the turret housing. It needs to sit in the two slots so the barrels can pivot.

The base plate is secured by 6 screws. this completes this stage.
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