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1/48 scale U-Boat (continued) Options
Sticky Wickett
#661 Posted : 31 January 2019 08:58:24

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Good morning from 'The Dockyard'.

This week i scratchbuilt the step ladders that enable access to the upper deck from the lower deck.

The sides of the the step ladders were made of 1.0mm square plastic strip and the rungs from 1.0mm round plastic rod.

The rungs were cut to a length of 6.0mm and set 7.0mm apart. See attached photo.
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#662 Posted : 31 January 2019 09:00:33

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They were then attached to the upper deck, at an angle, as per reference photos of U995.
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#663 Posted : 31 January 2019 09:07:46

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Supporting struts were then made and fitted to the step ladders, again, similar to the reference photos of U995.

The attached photo shows the inner struts fitted. I started by marking out a horizontal guide line along the upper deck sides. This ensured all the struts were parallel to each other, aligned to the deck and correctly positioned.
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#664 Posted : 31 January 2019 09:09:39

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The outer struts were then made and attached using the same technique for the inner struts.
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#665 Posted : 31 January 2019 09:10:25

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Looking from the other side.
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#666 Posted : 31 January 2019 09:11:15

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Upper deck step ladders and struts completed.
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#667 Posted : 31 January 2019 09:20:55

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I then turned my attention to making the small earthing wire brackets that will be located on the outer edges of the upper deck.

These brackets provided an earthing point, via an attached wire, to the main radio cables that connected the conning tower to the aft end of the U-boat. By earthing the radio cables ensured the reduction in hiss and background noise.

The earthing wires will be fitted at a later date in the build.

The brackets themselves were made from scrap PE brass in the spares box, bent at right angles and a small, square section of plastic was glued into the corner to provide support. A small notch was cut into each side of the earthing brackets to aid the fitting of the earthing wires at a later date. See attached photo.
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#668 Posted : 31 January 2019 09:22:33

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The attached photo shows the port earthing bracket fitted to the upper deck. The starboard bracket was also fitted at this time.
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#669 Posted : 31 January 2019 09:27:45

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That concludes the update for this week.

Thanks for looking in, have a great weekend and happy modelling!BigGrin

Regards,
Phil W.
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Current projects: 1/48 scale U-boat [U230]
Future projects: 1/148 scale railway diorama / 1/50 scale R/C Volvo F89 logging truck / 1/148 scale Thunderbirds Fireflash
Garth
#670 Posted : 31 January 2019 10:31:48

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Hi Phil,
Another amazing update. Your attention to the smallest detail is so inspiringDrool
Kind regards,
Garth
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Sticky Wickett
#671 Posted : 01 February 2019 10:23:33

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Garth wrote:
Hi Phil,
Another amazing update. Your attention to the smallest detail is so inspiringDrool
Kind regards,
Garth


Thank you very much Garth!!BigGrin

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Phil W.
Completed projects: 1/43 scale Bedford HA van / 1/43 scale MG TD sports car
Current projects: 1/48 scale U-boat [U230]
Future projects: 1/148 scale railway diorama / 1/50 scale R/C Volvo F89 logging truck / 1/148 scale Thunderbirds Fireflash
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#672 Posted : 01 February 2019 13:53:27

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Amazing update as always!
Greetings,
Walter



Present builds:
HMS Victory

Builds started but currently on a hold:
AKAGI, Supermarine Spitfire, Hachette U-96

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HMS Victory Cross-section, Italeri "Fiat Mefistofele", Italeri "Moto Guzzi California", Fokker "Red Baron", Revell Bismarck, Revell Tirpitz, Arab Dow, Stage Coach, .....

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Sticky Wickett
#673 Posted : 01 February 2019 14:13:31

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DaDokta wrote:
Amazing update as always!


Thank you very much Walter!BigGrin

Regards,
Phil W.
Completed projects: 1/43 scale Bedford HA van / 1/43 scale MG TD sports car
Current projects: 1/48 scale U-boat [U230]
Future projects: 1/148 scale railway diorama / 1/50 scale R/C Volvo F89 logging truck / 1/148 scale Thunderbirds Fireflash
ian smith
#674 Posted : 04 February 2019 22:58:27

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Cool Hi Phil more stunning work. love watching what you come up with next on this build. BigGrin Drool
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#675 Posted : 05 February 2019 13:42:03

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ian smith wrote:
Cool Hi Phil more stunning work. love watching what you come up with next on this build. BigGrin Drool


Thank you very much Ian. In my next update i'll be using plastic domed screw caps to make storage canisters. Watch this [model] space.

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Phil W.
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Current projects: 1/48 scale U-boat [U230]
Future projects: 1/148 scale railway diorama / 1/50 scale R/C Volvo F89 logging truck / 1/148 scale Thunderbirds Fireflash
ian smith
#676 Posted : 08 February 2019 13:37:41

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Cool look forward to seeing what you do with them Phil. And congrats on your member of the year BigGrin
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#677 Posted : 15 February 2019 00:13:13

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ian smith wrote:
Cool look forward to seeing what you do with them Phil. And congrats on your member of the year BigGrin


Thank you very much Ian! It was a great honour to receive such an award!

Regards,
Phil W.
Completed projects: 1/43 scale Bedford HA van / 1/43 scale MG TD sports car
Current projects: 1/48 scale U-boat [U230]
Future projects: 1/148 scale railway diorama / 1/50 scale R/C Volvo F89 logging truck / 1/148 scale Thunderbirds Fireflash
Sticky Wickett
#678 Posted : 15 February 2019 00:42:33

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Good evening from 'The Dockyard'.

I have a word that describes a pointless venture; 'faffing' or 'faffing about'.

That's how I would summarise last week and hence no post.

The next part of this build was to scratch build the water-tight ammunition containers of which there are three on the lower deck of the conning tower and two on the upper.

They have a distinctive domed profile and I really wanted to capture that look rather than a flat top, so I ordered four plastic domed caps of one size and three of a slightly smaller size. These domed caps are used to cover screw heads on things like furniture.

They arrived. They had a nice domed profile. I was happy.

The problems started when I tried to separate the domed head from its shaft. The plastic was more rubbery than I would of liked and so cutting them meant I was left with a really ragged edge. Filing couldn't remedy this and thus i was left with a rather scruffy looking set of domes.

I then began to fix them to small, 3mm lengths of 12mm diameter plastic tubing that i had ordered as a 1 meter length. The domed caps didn't like super glue. Things started to get messy and very sticky, especially where fingers were involved!

I then painted the domed caps, which were black, in the light grey I intend to use for the conning tower to see if that would make them look more appealing. The domed caps didn't like the paint. Once dry you could easily wipe it off with your finger.

All of this meant two evenings of 'faffing about'!

The next idea I tried to achieve a domed edge was to glue a 1.5mm half round, profiled plastic strip around the edge of the 3mm lengths of plastic tube. After much bending to get the half round strips to fit, I then applied some super glue to the plastic tube. The plastic tube didn't like super glue and the half round strips did not stick!

Another evening spent 'faffing about'!

By this time it was too late to write an update and that weeks modelling time was done! Hurrumph!

My last plan fortunately worked. I cut out circles of 0.25mm thick plastic sheet with a compass cutter and glued one of these to each end of the plastic tube with PVA to make a cylinder shape. Success!

Using 3.0mm diameter plastic rod cut to 1.0mm thick, i made three and glued each one to the centre of the cylinders, applied liberal amounts of Polyfilla to the top of each cylinder and when dry, carefully filed it so it tapered up to the centre of each cylinder. The locking clamps were made of 1.0mm square strip and the locking handles were made from 0.5mm diameter brass rod.

There has been no 'faffing about' this week!

See attached photo of the three water-tight ammunition containers for the lower deck.

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#679 Posted : 15 February 2019 00:48:04

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The attached photo shows the three water-tight ammunition containers in their correct location on the lower deck of the conning tower. I've decided not to fix them in place at this point, as it will be easier to paint them as separate items.
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Sticky Wickett
#680 Posted : 15 February 2019 00:53:59

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I have also been busy ordering after market parts, namely brass barrels for the guns that adorn the conning tower.

One of these orders arrived this week from Master Models in Poland; the 3.7cm flak 18 gun barrel. There are two in the packet, but i will only require one of them.

The flak 18 was an older style, surpassed by the flak 37, which was lighter, had a greater range and used on the Type VIIC U-boats. Fortunately, the flak 37 barrel is the same as the flak 18, which is just as well because I couldn't find any in 1/48 scale!

The attached photo shows a close up of the packaging.
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