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  1. I just looked at your previous PE work, especially the railings which are extremely difficult to shape and mount. I think you will do just fine with the very small parts.👍
  2. I appreciate the difficulties in installing PE. It is my worst nightmare. My biggest problem is managing the adhesives to fasten the parts. Keep working at it. It truly enhances the model considerably.
  3. Once again, thanks for the likes. I have not made any progress in the last month or so. Between some physical problems and a heat wave that will not subside I have not spent any time in the shop. Updates will be coming soon.
  4. Thanks for the likes, much appreciated. I finished up the work on the aft cargo booms adding the crutches to the hull and the attach points on the main cabin. I didn't take the pictures with the pins to hold the booms to the mast for now. That will come when I rig the cargo booms. There are 4 unpainted brass parts that will be kept by the pins and pulleys will be attached. More on this in a later picture. The screws that came with the boom pin fittings were smaller than 0-90 and there was no way I was going to use them. I have a bunch of 0-90 and 0-80 hardware and 0-90 is my limit. I had to drill the holes out slightly to accommodate the slightly larger hardware. Fortunately there are miniature socket wrenches for this size hardware which will simplify the assembly. The next task will be adding the 6 brace wires for the rear mast. With out the railings in place it won't be too difficult. Until next time, IR3
  5. Two of the stack braces are in place. These parts are at my limits as far as hands and eyesight are concerned. Very stressful and I probably will limit myself to 3 or 4 a day. I've tried magnifiers without much help. Very poor depth perception makes it difficult to get parts lined up. In any case, still lots of detail to do. The turnbuckles are more to my liking, about half the size of the ones shown earlier. These are 11mm barrel length which I think is acceptable as far as size goes. I have 8mm barrel length turnbuckles also but they are way too small for me. Until next time, IR3
  6. Once again thanks for the likes. Some of the construction is so tedious that time out's are definitely necessary. Aft deck is complete with hull fittings included. Waiting for more rail stanchions so I can get the aft railing in. This is the last major step. After that details. The correct turnbuckles arrived in the mail this afternoon so the first bracing wires will be going on the stack. More to follow, IR3
  7. Still waiting for the right size turnbuckles. The aft cabin is finished less the ships boats. Since the cabin is removable The large vents are attached to the cabin and not fixed to the vent base. The ladder is also fixed to the cabin but not to the deck. Next, a few details that go on the aft deck. Until next time, IR3
  8. Rear Cargo Mast is in place as well as the two winches. The cargo hatches are painted and the t-profil brass parts look a lot better. The forward hatches will be updated. Until next time, IR3
  9. It's been a while since the last update. I started the rigging and after getting in a few wires the turnbuckles seemed so out of scale that I just could not use them. After a considerable search I found some with 8mm barrels and after rigging one, it appeared too small. This has been going on for weeks now as these turnbuckles/bottle screws are not available in the US at this small size. I have some 11mm on order but I suspect a two week wait will be in order. In the mean time, I did more work on the main cabin structure and this is now pretty near completion. I also started on the aft cargo mast and booms as well as the 2 winches. The aft cargo hatches are nearly complete. I had trouble early on trying to understand what was meant by t-profil on the plans until early this morning. I needed some more wood out of the wood bundle and out popped some extruded brass T-Stock and the light bulb lit up. This is the material that is called t-profil on the plans. So the second set of cargo hatches were built with the T-Stock and looks much better. Still needs paint but more correct. I think I will remove all of the 2mm square on the forward hatch covers and change over to the T-Stock. Until next time, IR3
  10. Most of the detail on the boat deck is finished. Had to correct earlier errors from the original build that took a bit of time. Still need the boat davits installed and the brace wires for the stack. All the rigging parts have arrived so finishing up the forward cargo crane is next in order. Until next time, IR3
  11. Working on the Boat Deck. Loads of parts and lots of painting. Some of the items are painted and others need prep. The railings for the boat deck are also painted. There are boats in the kit but will be worked on last. Next update will show the finished boat deck and cabin located on that deck. Till next time, IR3
  12. Thanks everyone for the likes, much appreciated. Still waiting for rigging parts for the cargo derrick mast. Both forward railings are now in and time to start on the main cabin and deck planking around the main cabin. The kit supplies two gangways and the plans show the gangways recessed into the bulwarks. However, the plans do not show any rigging detail to raise and lower the ladder and stow it. I checked pictures of many merchantmen from the early 1900's and in almost all the pictures the gangway's were not visible, nor was the rigging to raise/lower. My guess is they were stowed and kept out of the way until making port. So for now, the bulwarks remain untouched and I probably will not show the gangways on the model. In the future, I might show one of the two rigged as though in port. After years of sitting in the shop unprotected, the main cabin did not fit in the area allocated and needed a good deal of adjustment to get it to fit. There were some gaps but it appears the deck planking covers this up very nicely. The main cabin is removable to get to the steam plant. It is difficult to get good pictures on a model this size but I think the idea will be clear. Could someone point out how to post pictures and put text in between. I seem only to be able to place the pictures at the bottom of the post. Thanks and until next time, IR3
  13. Starboard side front railing in place, now off to the port side. Soldering was not a problem.
  14. The first two rows of cross bars on the starboard railings have been fitted temporarily. I have a question. Using CA to hold the wires in place could be problems as the CA just might not stop the wires from slipping. I think the best bet is to get all the wires installed and then solder both ends to the appropriate stanchions. Then alternate between rows to get them all locked into place on alternate stanchions to make sure all the stanchions are vertical and secure. Then remove the whole works for painting. A lot of soldering but likely the only worthwhile solution.

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