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Apparently Halinski have supplied one hull skin that is 1mm wider than it should be. This skin is the one that is straight all the way across, and is at the widest point of the hull. No mention about this was in the instructions - I picked up on it when I dry-fitted it. This allows for any slight error when skinning, and needs to be trimmed to width. I moved to the stern and started skinning from there, and will finish on the wide skin.

 

The stern section has turned out very well, NO filler needed anywhere :) :

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Danny

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All the red lower skins are now fitted. They are about 98% OK, just some slight misalignment on a couple which is easily fixed :). In the 2nd pic below you can see about half of the longitudinal bulkhead below the skin. This needed to be trimmed flush with the edge of the skin, it took me about 2 hours to do all the affected areas :

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I've done some final trimming etc in readiness for the upper skins. I've also fitted the "teak" sections of the main decks. These fitted perfectly :) :

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Cheers, Danny

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On 3/22/2018 at 3:47 AM, Dan Vadas said:

There is some unfortunate printing on the lower skins. The difference in colours is quite evident here :

Perhaps a little feedback to Halinski is in order?  I am sure that as they appreciate favorable reviews on their products,  maybe they would also like being informed of the shortcomings of their products.  Most of the good companies usually do.  As you have mentioned they seem to have otherwise put out a great kit.  I would send them your photos indicating the obvious error!

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Feedback will likely do little good. The reason for that is that these companies tend to do a single print run of the product, and when that is sold out, that's pretty much all she wrote. Off the top of my head I don't know of any instances in which Halinski has done a reprint. They do, though, offer corrected parts, but these are printed as part of some subsequent offering of a different subject. Not exactly convenient, but that's the way they do it.

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2 hours ago, BETAQDAVE said:

Perhaps a little feedback to Halinski is in order?  I am sure that as they appreciate favorable reviews on their products,  maybe they would also like being informed of the shortcomings of their products.  Most of the good companies usually do.  As you have mentioned they seem to have otherwise put out a great kit.  I would send them your photos indicating the obvious error!

I doubt it was Halinski's fault, more likely the company that printed it for them got it wrong. Until two sections of hull were actually glued together it was impossible to see any difference in the colours.

 

45 minutes ago, ccoyle said:

Off the top of my head I don't know of any instances in which Halinski has done a reprint.

According to their website they are about to release several reprints, one of Bismarck, in the near future.

 

Cheers, Danny

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Dan, I go away for a few days and come back to see you're already well into your build....you sure are keen! I've pulled up a seat (not quite front row but near enough). Look forward to another lesson on card build.

 

Cheers............Fernando  :cheers:

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Thank you Fernando and Popeye :).

 

6 hours ago, popeye the sailor said:

nice job on the hull bottom Danny.......at least you won't have to deal with the decks being off shaded  ;)    looks very good!  

Very true Popeye. The aft deck is in two sections, and the join (halfway through the aft turret) is almost invisible to the eye where it's been printed :).

 

Danny

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" I've done some final trimming etc in readiness for the upper skins. I've also fitted the "teak" sections of the main decks. These fitted perfectly :) : "

 

What did you expect else, with your wood skills - as show in Vulture :D :D :D

Those hull pieces do fit quite well ... you can always say the paint cans were from different batches when someone starts on the "50 shades red" ;)

 

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3 hours ago, Dan Vadas said:

Thank you Fernando and Popeye :).

 

Very true Popeye. The aft deck is in two sections, and the join (halfway through the aft turret) is almost invisible to the eye where it's been printed :).

 

Danny

I had to do a similar thing with my stick down wood sheet deck on my Warspite as it was slightly too short compared to the hull, I  made my join/gap in the center between superstrucer blocks.

 

OC.

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Thanks guys :).

 

Fitting the forward Hawses proved to be a bit of a problem. This is the first mistake in the kit that I've found - the parts for the internal holes have been printed back-to-front. The reason for the mistake is probably due to the fact that these parts need to be rolled in the opposite direction to virtually every other rolled pieces, something that Halinski must have overlooked :

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The two main holes weren't a problem, as I simply switched them left-to-right. The third hawse hole fortunately has a cover over it (it must have been removed if the 3rd hawse was needed). Here are a couple of pics of one of the hawses :

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To fix the 3rd hawse I first rolled it and glued the join. Then I cut it in half and turned the upper part 90 degrees and glued it back together. It didn't fit perfectly (I was probably a couple of degrees out) but as the top section can't be seen it doesn't matter :) :

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The hawses fitted. No filler needed :) :

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Danny

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Thank you Carl.

 

I've made and fitted all the Prop Shaft Housings and also the Shafts, which are rolled around a 2.5mm brass tube for strength. These have turned out much straighter and stronger than any I made previously. I've also cut and edge painted all the aft housing supports :

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While I was working in that area I thought it a good idea to also make the Rudder :

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Danny

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Guest Riccardo1966

Hello Dan,

I have been looking at some of your previous card builds, they are superb, I did not realize how very good these models can be and will pull up a chair for this one.

Regards

Richard

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Thank you David, and welcome to the build Richard. Yeah, it's pretty amazing what they can do with Card in these days of Computer Design :).

 

Continuing on, and some of these pics are probably out of build sequence but I've grouped some of them together to make it a bit easier to follow.

 

I've fitted the rudder and made it moveable, a trick in itself when it came to fitting it as I'd glued on one piece that I shouldn't have yet. I had to partially remove the lower guard to slip the 1.0mm wire pivot wire past it, but all was good in the end and no damage was caused :

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I've also fitted the prop shafts. Some of the housing supports were numbered incorrectly, and I had to remove and refit them to align them properly. Again no big deal, they fit perfectly now :). I'll make and fit the propellers late in the build to avoid damaging them :

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Danny

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One of the more difficult steps in this build is an Edge Strip that runs around the whole perimeter of the hull. It needs to be laminated to some 0.25mm card and is only 1mm wide for most of it's length, so cutting it required some degree of care. The pic below is of the pieces needed for one side of the hull :

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The forward section of the strip protrudes above the deck, so I've left it off for now until the hull is completed to avoid an accident. Below are a couple of pics of the strip fitted :

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Another tricky bit were the Bilge Keels. These are in a triangular shape, rather than the flat back-to-back keels of my previous models. I glued the outer edges together first :

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The keels fitted. They came out really well :). Also seen in the pics below is what I assume to be a Rubbing Strip. It's at the widest part of the hull, so my guess is it was needed to avoid damage to the hull when berthing :

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The final piece of the underwater part of the hull is a Paravane Fairlead at the bow :

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The hull is now complete and can be turned right-way-up for the remainder of the build.

 

Danny

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Thanks OC :).

On 06/04/2018 at 7:41 AM, Old Collingwood said:

so much commanality between hood and warspite with the position of the props.

Not surprising, as they were built within a few years of each other. Hood was commisioned in 1920, and Warspite was a bit earlier, launched in 1915.

 

I've made a start on the lower superstructure, almost completing both forward and aft sections. The aft section is fairly straight-forward :

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I've used the PE doors that I bought from Halinski, as the printed ones had almost no detail :

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The PE ones make up for that, consisting of two pieces for each door. The outer surround has the watertight catches etched into them, a good facsimilie of the "real thing" :

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These are only in primer, I need to buy a few jars of various greys.

 

The forward section makes up for the simplicity of the aft one. Ins and outs everywhere :D. I added a lot of extra card to the basic framing :

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The walls consist of three sections. Some thought had to go into which way to fold them. The last pic shows one wall ready to be fitted :

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Danny

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Thanks OC. I've already checked the colour scheme for Hood at the time of her fatal encounter with Bismarck, and she was painted Admiralty Dark Gray all over. I have some on it's way already. Unfortunately the shop I'm using didn't have it in Lifecolor brand. I wonder how Meng goes on, never heard of it before.

 

Danny

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Thanks again Nils, Paul and Popeye :).

 

There are a lot of Reels of various sizes and types to be made. These ones will be hardly seen, as they are inside the lower superstructure but I'm fitting all of them anyway.

 

Each is made from 4 pieces of PE with a card spool. The two supports are about 1.5mm high, and the rim is 2.5mm in diameter :

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The first 9 of a myriad of small boxes. I made a jig to help hold them while the glue dried. A piece of card underneath the piece prevents any damage when I push it out of the jig with the piece of 1mm wire :

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I glued a strip of thin paper around the inside to help hold the corners :

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Danny

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That jigg must save some time, and frustration! Makes it worthwhile to invest the time. Your deck furniture is growing steadily ... curious as to what else you have in store for us ...

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17 hours ago, cog said:

That jig must save some time, and frustration! Makes it worthwhile to invest the time.

Not a lot of time saved Carl, but certainly a lot less frustration :D.

 

I was wondering why the kit's instructions suggested making a few seemingly unrelated pieces as the next few steps, until I looked at where they go on the deck. It would be very difficult to fit some of them after the next deck goes on ;).

 

First of these are 6 Ventilators. They consist of a round top (I punched them out), and a strip that needs to be rolled around a wire. This was very fiddly to do until I used the self-closing tweezers to hold the wire :

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Next up were a couple of Bollards. I decided to make all of them while I had everything set up.

 

Rolling the 26 pipes was looking like being another frustrating exercise until I came up with the idea of using one of my CA applicator needles to roll them. This worked great, I could do one in under a minute compared to 5 or 6 minutes trying to roll the first one by hand :

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I wasn't sure how they were going to come out, so I stopped rolling them with the needle after I'd gone about halfway and then roll the rest by hand - a bad mistake, this was difficult :

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I rolled the next one all the way on the needle. EXCELLENT :). A drop of glue 5mm from the finish and then roll it out is all it takes to hold them tightly :

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The bits for about 12 bollards :

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I glued them together on some double-sided tape :

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All of them done in about 2 hours total time :

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