BRIAN KING with some thoughts
Portholes go back a long way with me. It was all so easy then, I used a match, or a similar piece of wood, to put a spot of black gloss paint on the grey hull. Provided all the blobs were more or less the same size and in a line, then no problems. Unfortunately such a simple solution no longer served when the standard of model making improved. Glazed ports became essential and that brought TROUBLE. Most of us have had similar problems and I thought a piece on the various ways of producing a glazed port might be useful.
Sometimes a brass tube needs to be fitted to provide a frame for glazing. You really need a lathe to part off the short tubes you require for this.
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