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Colin Bishop19/04/2019 12:18:33
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I have been intermittently busy on my liner experimenting with techniques for making the houses under the shade decks. They are only 2cm high so adding decent detail is tricky. The photos below show progress to date.

The walls are 0.5mm ply, sealed and then sprayed with white primer followed by Halford's Appliance White gloss. I prefer this to styrene sheet.

To make the windows and doors I constructed them in a larger size to no particular scale and then scanned them into my PC. I cleaned up the images in Photoshop Elements then transferred them to a MS Word document which enabled me to tinker with the size and proportions until I got what I wanted. The images were then duplicated in Word and printed out onto photo paper. I used double sided tape to stick them to the deckhouse walls and then sprayed over with Halfords matt spray to seal them. Next time I will seal the photo paper back first before sticking them on to get a better attachment although the ones shown turned out OK.

The handrails needed 1mm outside diameter knobs on them but my smallest eyebolts are 2mm and looked too big. I therefore stripped the insulation from some computer wiring and cut it into small slices which were slid over the brass wire handrail. The rail was painted brown and then the knobs in Tamiya gold leaf. This method had the advantage that the wire ends of each handrail could be bent to insert into small holes in the deckhouse and the assembly pressed flush so no need to drill lots of intermediate holes.

Brass doorknobs were very small round headed Amati brass pins and look fine. The portholes are punched out of anthracite colour pinstripe tape with a revolving leather punch to get the different sizes and simply stuck on which is adequate at 1:150 scale.


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Eddie Lancaster19/04/2019 15:17:25
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I thought I would build the James P Woods tug and then get back to my TSB Cambria, but MB has done it to me again! in next months issue is a dumb barge, so that will have to be built to give the tug something to dowink.

Hey ho is there no end to this boat building larksmiley.

That is fine work you are doing there Colin in all senses of the word.


Roger Clark19/04/2019 15:22:03
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Eddie, best build a model boatyard with multiple slips first then laugh

Regards Roger

Bob Wilson19/04/2019 15:48:55
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Great job on the deckhouse - similar method to my own -


Colin Bishop19/04/2019 16:11:25
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Thanks Eddie and Bob.

Bob, yes my techniques were influenced by yours having read the book! At this scale it is as much about artistic effect as faithful replication in modelling materials. Some extra complications in that it needs to be splashproof on a working model and the need to accommodate deck camber on the forward and aft faces.

This deckhouse is largely concealed on the lower promenade deck. I hope to improve standards on the others a bit now I have got a bit of practice under my belt.


Edited By Colin Bishop on 19/04/2019 21:43:56

Dave Milbourn26/04/2019 13:05:55
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I've just this week finished my own model of the forthcoming SLEC Swordsman kit. I always build two models for each design to prove the CNC-cut shapes. SLEC keep one while I keep the other. This one has a laser-inscribed "planked" deck, which will be incorporated in the kit. It also has several other little details which won't! Photos here **LINK** but here's a taster...

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Ray Wood 226/04/2019 13:25:07
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Hi Dave,

Great work as always, you must have built most of their designs by now ??

Regards Ray

Colin Bishop26/04/2019 13:32:28
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That does look nice Dave, thanks for sharing the images. The planked deck makes a huge difference to the realism.


Dave Milbourn26/04/2019 14:05:48
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Strangely no. I've done three different scales of H31 plus Huntress and Swordsman. There's a couple of obvious types in the Fairey folio which have escaped my attentions to date, but I shall probably have a bash at those later on. As for how many 1/16 Huntsman kits have been sold [ref in your PM], I have no idea. Maybe I'll ask the question...


I've been asked to do the same sort of planked deck for the current Huntsman kit so I imagine that future ones will have that, too. I intend to take this model of Swordsman to the Mayhem Wicksteed Park do next month - weather permitting.


Chris Fellows26/04/2019 15:24:36
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Looks lovely Dave. I hope that mine comes remotely close. I know you've had plenty of practice but it's the speed of your builds as well as the quality that impresses me.

I assume that the Huntsman 28 is one of your missing builds, but what else? Huntsman 31 Sport, Super Swordsman?


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