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  1. It has been slightly over two years since I started this kit and believe it or not, about a year since I finished it. I am finally posting pictures of the completed boat in order to wrap this project up. I have just seen several new KoM building projects on this site and they all look like good builds. I encourage everybody to finish your project and feel the reward of satisfaction of a successful build. The reason for the late posting is a classic story (...used by students not turning in their homework...) is my computer crashed last year. Believe you me, getting digital things back in ord
  2. I have some pictures that I took some time ago. They should be posted before moving on to where my build is at this current date. Getting the railings organized was essential. I had a little difficulty in knowing which curved pieces went were until I laid them out on the full size plan. Locating the obvious one first narrowed down the choices for the ones that looked similar. Also, realizing the curved pieces were very similar in curvature and length between the second and third deck helped. The railings on the shorter inner deck didn't seem to have any laser cut pieces that wo
  3. Several of the builders of the KoM on the Model Ship World site reported problems with the laser cut slots on the decks. Check the build logs of John46 and Adriecke and Dragzz. Dry fitting the rooms together and then dry fit them to the main deck shows them to be about a half of slot off. Test fit the second deck onto this assemble to be sure which slot is off. I ran into another set of slots that did not fit on the third deck. The test for that is if the smoke stacks did not line up right as well as forming a vertical line between the decks on the rear of the boat. Good luck with
  4. Cutting off the heads of the brass nails to use on the hull is a good idea. I clipped the heads off before installing them. I did drill a hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the nail shaft and filed the cut end flat before driving them in flush. I actually save the nail heads and glued them on the back side of the paddlewheel castings. After painting they look like nuts to the bolt heads that are molding on the other side. A little extra detail on the signature assembly of this kit. Rick
  5. Kpnuts - welcome to this log, I am interested in your comments. Thanks Adrieke - always glad to see you checking in. Hello Casey - Thanks for your comment. Are you be building a steamboat? I figured it was time for an update on this buildlog. My KoM is starting to take on it's own unique character. This kit has a huge number of details, some I like, and others I wanted to improve. In the first photo below, looking straight on the front of the boat, the spiral stairs that I changed around doesn't look too bad. Other details I've changed are the decorative beads on the railing po
  6. It looks real good what you've done so far. There will be a few more adjustments needed to your KoM kit. Read ahead what other build logs say about how to solve many of the problems you might encounter. I too, am having problems with posting photos within the text. In my last few posts they have ended up as attachments. I am currently using Internet Explorer ver. 11 which may be the problem. Older versions I think work better. Keep up the good work and great postings. Rick
  7. Finishing the pilot house really helps the appearances of the boat. Several things about this part of the kit I decided to change after much deliberation. Would it look sort of clunky? Will the change make it look worse than the instruction photos? Well, I went ahead with the modifications and all I can say it is my boat and I am enjoying this build. The first photo (from the bottom) shows the wiring and the second decoder inside the Texas deck. This decoder controls four lights with independent control, one forward in the curved State Room, one in the rear State Room, one in the pilot roo
  8. Dragzz, Good to see that your boat has recovered from being a chew toy. Your last pictures show it being in good "ship shape". Rick
  9. Hello John, Thanks for looking at my build log. As you can see I did not follow the instructions exactly as Artesania Latina (AL) wrote them. I used a cut-off iron nail that was the same size as the hole in the crank (98) and the rod (99) to make a new pin to connect the rod and crank without binding. The nail had a flat head and I fitted a ring cut from a styrene tube that fit snugly on the stub end of the nail. A very small amount of super glue keeps the ring in place. The thickness of the head had to be small in order to clear the support block of the paddle wheel shaft. Looking at some
  10. Barry, You have a very good start on your project. The stairs, I think are the hardest part to get right and any creative solution may be the best thing to do. Several "King of the Mississippi" build logs are on the Model Ship World site. They are all worth while looking into to see how others have tackled various problems. Adrieke, Dragzz, John46, Robert1965, Rick, and others have done an excellent job in documenting their builds. I speak for the others in welcoming you as you share your work as you have already done so above, Rick
  11. The main stairs for this boat are unique and seem to be a challenge for most people to build. It took me several iterations and a lot of looking at other KoM builder's logs, which helped considerably in deciding what to do. I came up with new problems not encounter during their builds. The first photo show the step assemble using methods from John 46 and Adrieke. Unfortunately, that is when I stop taking pictures until I was confident of finishing the whole assembly. Something about AL's King of the Mississippi appearance from the front that I didn't like. Missing the second deck rail
  12. Here are some initial photos testing the new lights. The red flicker from the boiler room door is nice. I think I want to have them a little brighter which means changing out a resistor. Getting independent control of the lights is tougher than I thought due to programing issues. Remapping function keys is not easy to do. Rick
  13. You know Adrieke, that I have had a lot of experience with model railroads. This part come easy. Now with ship building it is a different story. It definitely is a new challenge for me. I had trouble with the bow and Dagzz had good suggestions. I have just finishing the main stairs and as everyone says it probably the hardest part of the build. I appreciate your observations and encouragement. I am learning a lot with this project and hope other get new ideas from it. Rick
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