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HMS Warspite by Old Collingwood - FINISHED - Academy - 1/350 scale - PLASTIC

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I did a few limbering up exersises then took some deep breaths and dived in head first into my PE railings to go on the rear block, i cut them from the fret under my mag glass stand, then offered the one side up, but found it was to long - so a small section was cut away, i then gently bent the end that wraps around the face of the rear block.

I placed some blue tape along the edge to grip  the rail then applied a watery PVA seam with a fine brush (while holding my breath-and bitting my lip), but it stayed in place so i gently took a couple of pics - then put it away to let it set  fingers crossed ;)

 

Heres the pics ;)

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Its Slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww  Progress this PE work, it wasn't till today that I had a peak at the single tiny section of railing, i gently peeled away the low tack tape that was holding in place while the PVA glue was setting but  - Shock Horror  it started to loosen the rail from the deck.

So onto plan B or is it Z?  i decided to sit the rail in a puddle of PVA that i had proffesionly added to the deck my way of my paint brush tip - lets see if that sticks the little blighter ;)

 

I worked out at this stage - I will be a bout 90 when i finnish the Ole Lady  and I'm only 10 now :huh::o;)

 

 

OC

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Use CA to grip then you can add PVA afterwards, you can always touch up afterwards. I am in the process of adding all the exterior bits to my Emden now (apart from some repairs from a flying knife handle). It has taken two weeks of piecework to get to this stage. It comes together amazingly quickly once that's done.

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Use CA to grip then you can add PVA afterwards, you can always touch up afterwards. I am in the process of adding all the exterior bits to my Emden now (apart from some repairs from a flying knife handle). It has taken two weeks of piecework to get to this stage. It comes together amazingly quickly once that's done.

I was affraid to use CA as the type  i have is the brush on variety with the brush attached to the cap that screws into the bottle, i was going to try applying a small bit from the brush to the bottom edge of the railing before placing it, but i worried that if I missed it would attach itself somewhere else and  cause all sorts of trouble :huh:

 

OC

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I use Zap, dipping a pin into a little puddle on a palette. Get some good quality double sided tape and cut it as small as possible on a small block of wood and place the pre bent etch on it and spray with Tamiya primer then whatever colour is needed. If you do heaps of it, it will save a LOT of time

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Just a quick look at what i had done by fixing the rail down in a small puddle of slightly watered down PVA, and its stuck nicely, i will do the same for the other side then touch up as needed - i can relese my breath now onlt been holding for about 4 days lol.

 

 

OC

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I dug deep inside my work bag today and found the box from the kit, I was looking for a couple of frets to add some more stuff,  I found the hull sitting at the bottom so I decided to do a dry run with the mid deck section, and the rear block i am finishing off, I put them together with the other deck sections.

 

Hers a pic.

 

OC.

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More work today finishing off the Rear Block by adding the Derricks,   and the two small buildings that where glued down on the deck area,  I then fixed the block down to the deck.

 

Heres two pics showing the completed work on the deck secion so far.

 

OC.

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Spent a bit more time on the table today - preparing a couple of the rear deck boats, next i decided to start the mind numbing job of removing the pre moulded deck detail in preperation for the forward section of wood decking, this was slow and careful work wife a fine knife blade and small file, afterwards i started on the decking sheet cutting out the obstructions with a sharp blade.

I finished off by dry fitting both deck sections with the dry fitted wood deck sheet with its backing still attached.

 

Here is a couple of pics just to show how it is shaping up.

 

OC.

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Another day at the table (Thats Two days in a row)  If I carry on at this rate i will finish it in about a year LOL,   I have continued with the decking areas in preperation for the wood decks, I decided from day one to scrape/sand/file the old plastic scribbed detail off the plastic decks, this wil not only make a better key for the glue on the peel off backing but also make the scale hight more realistic around obstructions.

Here are a couple of pics of the completed decks prior to placing the wood deck sheets.

 

OC.

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Managed to put some wood down on the Bow  section today, this was a careful job of cutting the deck from the backing strip, then carefully placing it as you only get one shot as the glue is so sticky,   it fitted quite well and any small gaps will be invisible and hidden by the etch hatch covers that I have to fit.

 

Here is a couple of pics.

 

OC.

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Carried on today with the Bow fittings including a few more hatch covers, two fittings towards the front of the bow that I have no idea what they are for, and the capstan wheel frames and wheels,  one became a victim to the carpet monster so my Warspite will just have to rely on two anchors in action - mind you i doubt all three would be in use anyway?.

 

Here are a couple more pics folks.

 

OC.

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More progress on the bow section - i fitted the three sets of bollards then painted the  steel base around them deck grey, and the bollards light grey,  I have also decided to paint the anchor chain deck plates a deck grey colour instead of the red oxide anti rust color(as i dont have it and the captain wanted it uniform deck grey color)   the Hawse Pipe and surround as well as the Capstan and plate have been painted light grey.

 

I also decided to return to the rear block area and give the top rail fittings a light coat of black paint, as the real cables where black colour in real life.

 

Here are a few pics.

 

OC.

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I have to be honest I am quietly over the moon with my ability so far, yes its taking ages but I am learning new abilities with each task, its a completly different build from my old airfix 600scale Hood/Bismark kits I built when I was a teenager.

 

Im pleased folks :dancetl6:

 

OC.

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You should be pleased, OC.  Looking great, IMO.  

 

RE:  The dreaded Carpet Monster.  Grab the vacuum and put an old stocking over the hose end, then vacuum the floor.  The lost bit, if it gets sucked in will be captured by the stocking.  Don't use a fishnet stocking... the holes are too big and it looks rather kinky.  :D

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You should be pleased, OC.  Looking great, IMO.  

 

RE:  The dreaded Carpet Monster.  Grab the vacuum and put an old stocking over the hose end, then vacuum the floor.  The lost bit, if it gets sucked in will be captured by the stocking.  Don't use a fishnet stocking... the holes are too big and it looks rather kinky.  :D

Thank you mark - the vacume idea is great but come to late I am affraid - the wife has already vacumed up and emptied the bag, and no way am i gonna go through our dustbin with a magnifier in "honey i shrunk the kids scenario"  I would be put in a mental hospital :D.

 

 

OC

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Folks - I came this close yesterday to binning the model,  we have a few personal probs and i went over to the build table - but it just felt so unimportant  and it took all my worth to stop myself from chucking it in the bin.

I love this model but it was so nearly destroyed.

 

OC.

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Better day today folks - back at the table,  it was anchor cable time,  I cut one from the fret tidied it up and offered it up to the capstan/chain plate and chain tunnel surround, I had to bend part of the end then - "Ping" as it snapped and part fell to the ground, I managed to find it and super glue it back together, then i sanded the end where it wraps round/under the capstan cap and finished off by adding a coat of dull white paint.

When it was dry i fitted it in place with a few drops of super glue.

A lot of work/time just on a simple single item but it does look good in place though.

 

OC.

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Hull Time again,   I had only painted the starboard side before with both camo colours, so to give my deck parts a break I decided to get the hull out and start masking up then painting the mid grey colour,  i painted by hand with a small brush and put on about 8 thin coats with hairdryer drying between coats so I could put on as many coats so quickly,  I have only the one shade on but will add the light grey tommorow after maskin up the reverse.

 

Hers are a couple of pics.

 

OC.

 

 

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Right folks - I have done the other stage in the camo colour on the hull,  basically just by putting some tape on the edge of the darker shade then applying the same thiness of acrylic with my brush,  a bout the same amout of coats was applied with drying stages by the wifes hairdryer, this is a Fantastic way of speeding the whole process, as it allows me to put coats on more or less strait after each other.

I removed the tape but as expected there are ridges where the two colours meet, but I should just be able to sand these down very lightly, when the paint has hardened fully,  I will then dry brush lightly along the edges to blend the two colours in, and also do some highlighting and a bit of shading to the hull.

 

Its great to see the hull 75% done as it was an area I was dreading :o

 

OC. :)

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More work on the hull today - I started by re drilling out the port holes that had been blocked up a bit by paint, I then had to re build the front fairleads by drilling and shaping with a round file, this took quite a bit of time and lots of re checking under the magnifier, after all the shaping and fidling was done i got out a fine sharp pencil and worked on the recess lines to create a bit of shadowing.

 

Here are a few pics folks - I think its going in the right direction folks?

 

OC.

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