So, I went with starting work on the railings, beginning with the side stern railings. The first task was to 'clean' up the white metal stanchions. This just involved filing down the casting seams and drilling out the holes. I'd forgotten how time consuming this can be so am not looking forward to doing this with the other white metal parts.
Next up was forming the top rail into shape. I used my x-acto knife as the former for the bends. Second up was forming the bottom rail. The parts are shown below.
I departed from the instructions in a couple of ways. First, I cut off the pins on the stanchions, drilled out a 1mm hole and glued in 1mm wire pins. I felt the original cast in pins were too big as whilst I could drill through the plastic tube, I couldn't get through the wire core.
Secondly, rather than just pinning the bottom rail either side of the stanchions, I have wire core all the way through to add strength. Thirdly, I cut the white metal rail ends (part T17) down to better match the full size boat using the RNLI plans as a guide.
This pic shown the railing finishes all bar filling. Next up on this vein will be the transom bar and railings but first I have to prep the dowel for this.
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Monday, 6 August 2012
This time, I've been working on the flying bridge as well as finishing off the roof by fixing and filling all of the joints. The cabin door entrance is now in place as is the flyingbridge steering position. The door went together very smoothly. I've cut off the roof former at this point and will also need to cut out the roof section under the door frame as both will be very obvious with the door open.
The steering console was more tricky. I made several new parts using the kit parts as templates. I also altered the side pieces as they have a crease so that they are a right angles to the cabin rear at the console and then angle in. It's difficult to explain but hopefully the pics show this.