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SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse-(short KWdG)-1897-1914-by Nils Langemann - FINISHED - scale 1:144 - POF - first German four stacker of the Norddeutscher Lloyd line

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Hi Nils

 

Once in a while I have to stop the silent admiring and tell you once again: simply fantastic work! :stunned:

Just a question concerning that questionable but fantastic crew ladder: It seems a 'de luxe' solution just 'for crew only' (but I appreciate your care for the common crewman). Do you think they still could also have used simple steps mounted on the side of that wall, similar to the entry steps on the side of a 18th century sail ship?

 

Cheers

peter

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Peter,

 

Thank you very much, yes "de luxe" version is is the right comment, I just could`nt stand that the crew would have to climb on that platform like the monkeys on the rock, although they probably did so, as I understand from the missing access on the actual ship. Tadeus showed us in his beautiful  "La Salamandre" log, post # 574 how simple a ladder can be..... ;)

 

Nils

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Hi Nils

 

What a astonishing gem Tadeus is making! That 'totem pole ladder' would however be too old fashioned for your steamer. No I was thinking more of something like the boarding steps on your Pegasus but constructed as metal rungs in form of individual hoops which serve as step and handheld as well.

Cheers

 

peter

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Hi Nils

 

What a astonishing gem Tadeus is making! That 'totem pole ladder' would however be too old fashioned for your steamer. No I was thinking more of something like the boarding steps on your Pegasus but constructed as metal rungs in form of individual hoops which serve as step and handheld as well.

Cheers

 

peter

 

rethinking it from afterwards you are  right Peter,

 

that thought just did`nt come to my mind at that time, was thinking too much not to forget handrails for safety reasons.... B)

Your comment of corse was understood well, right the first time..., thanks again...

 

Nils

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Update :

 

Build log part 50....

 

I`ve taken down all the boatsdeck, the dry fitting and vents, etc, in order to prepare for the permanent mounting of the aft boatsdeck half. But first there must be some fitting out to the promenade-deck-after-half portion like....

- fitting the mahogany handrail to the long railing

- mounting the 6 anchors on each side for the aft mast shrouds and backstays (they will go upwards through the boats deck in twelve places whilst the boats deck is glued on to the brass framework and the deckhousings below. Also the holes for the vent tubes and the aft mast that go through the deck have to be brought in alignment. Trust that all will be quite a tricky moment, hope it will go well and like it was intended.

- All the figurines on the aft half of the promenade deck must also be placed before the boatsdeck goes on (otherwise no access later !)

 

The little red tape markings on the outside frame are for showing where to put on the clamps when glueing the deck down...

 

Nils

 

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Mahagony handrail all around. Red little tape markers, where to put on the clamps

 

 

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10 of the 20 benches (scale 1:144) go on to the total promenade deck

 

 

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the blackened anchors go through the boatsdeck when it is on and are for fastening the aft mast`s buckle screws of the shrouds and backstays

 

 

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Hi Nils

 

I'm just catching up on your KWDG.  Wow, wow and triple wow!  

 

I tell you what, every time I say that I can't do something, I'll look at your KWDG for inspiration.  That's enough to teach me that anything's possible and that if you strive to do your best, anything's possible.

 

Inspirational.

 

Cheers

 

Patrick

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Thank you very much Patrick and John (Neptune),

and thanks to all the "likes"

 

Patrick.

a very kind compliment, much appreciated, glad you like it...

 

John,

thanks so much for your nice words, and for your catch up....

I`ve put on the aft portion of the boats deck now on permanently and it worked out fine. Of course something came to eye after mounting it and clamping it down, I noticed that two of the benches below on the promenade deck were just mounted in the way/ space where the upward stairs should be placed, and four of the holes for the downward vent tubes had been planked-over on the boats deck and forgotten to be cut free again, but both little misfits can easily be put right again.

 

Nils

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Thank you very much Gerhard,

 

I`m only adding tiny bits and pieces, but when holding the hull in hands I can feel the constantly increasing weight, although the hull was such a lightweight, when taking it off the build-slipway some months ago. Probably its the brass parts and the metal plating coat that owe to the weight....

 

Nils

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Wonderful work, Nils.  The scope and detail of this project amazes me.

 

Ed

 Ed,

 

thank you very much, its slowly coming together and its fun with the fitting out of the decks....

as far as the work is concerned, I can only return a bunch of compliments to you for your wonderful "Exreme Clipper " build, which I love so much, a great model shipwright performence

 

Nils

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Little update...

 

the stairways are quite easy made due to the pricise brass etch patterns.

One of my most importent work documents is the orientation plan for vents, red indicated (size and tube diameter), and the stairs, green indicated

 

Nils

 

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folding and primercoating the stairs

 

 

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Thank you very much Carl and Michael,

 

and all the "likes"...

 

Carl,

the etched stair sides and the steps are only folded and you`re right, afterwards (after priming and painting) glue into place with a drop of CA

 

Michael,

right, I agree, although I have highest respect for the skills of those professional builders work in much earlier days

 

Nils

 

 

Here is a little update .......

on the making of the aft handrail portion in place where the railing performs the rounded bend. I tried several times two flat bend the mahagony handrail by wetting and soaking, with and without heat, etc, very frustrating and without success. Then came the idea not to flat-bend over the 1,5 mm wide side, but to flat-bend and laminate 3 single 0,5 mm thick strips with CA and with help of a little jig, Sigh of relief, it worked out well. Only have to mount and carefully sand down to the required flatness

 

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