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Cape Byron Lighthouse by Dan Vadas - FINISHED - HMV - 1:250 - CARD


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Hi all,

 

I've taken a small break from my M1-24D Hind helicopter to make a present for my Admiral. It's a paper kit of the Cape Byron Lighthouse in NSW Australia. Here's a pic of the real thing :

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The kit is published by HMV (Germany) in 1:250 scale. The kit also has three other Australian Lighthouses, but I probably won't make them unless I find myself "kitless" at some stage.

 

The kit is well printed and designed, even with the use of tabs. All the parts so far have fitted perfectly. The instructions aren't the best, but workable. The card it is printed on is good quality, although with a touch too much of a "plastic" feel when folding it. This makes crisp folds a bit more difficult than usual. I also bought the optional laser-cut sheets which contain some really tiny parts and some great-looking mesh railings :

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These pics are from the kit of a finished model :

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First thing to make is the base, which has grassed areas and a car ramp :

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The windows are recessed to give a feeling of depth :

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The lower section :

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A decorative moulding is on each external corner :

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Danny

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A "cupola" is fitted to each corner of the deck. This is the card of parts for  them. I scored all the fold lines before cutting out the individual pieces. One good (but at first confusing) feature of this kit is that all fold lines are printed on the BACK side of the part, so they don't show on the finished side. Cut lines on folded parts are also printed on the back side :

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One of the cupola roofs :

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The cupolas fitted :

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Next is the very complex "castle" type battlements. The instructions don't give much of an idea on how they are assembled, but I managed to work it out OK. Once again these are printed on the back side of the part, the face side is just blank white. Careful cutting was needed :

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The battlements fitted. I glued these in stages and let the glue set between each stage. I also added extra support pieces to the deck and under each lower section. It would have been very difficult to assemble each piece without them. These were actually quite a bit easier to do than they appear :

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An overview of the lighthouse to date. The light itself is the next stage :

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Danny

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Thanks guys :) .

 

Here's the light. There are laser-cut parts to be fitted, starting with these "wrought iron" brackets which support the mesh railing under the light :

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The dome on top of the light came out well, thanks mainly to the support I fitted in the middle of it :

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I used a piece of PE brass railing left over from one of my ships to make the platform rail. It's not quite the right spacing between posts, but who would know :D ?IMG_6197.JPG

 

These are officially the smallest paper pieces I've ever fitted, they represent brick supports :

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The bricks fit under the roof of the toilet :

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A little bonus - a WB Holden Sandman Panel Van which took me about 3 hours to make. The kit supplies two of these plus two Kombi Vans which are optional extras. One was enough :D :

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Danny

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A Weather Vane sits atop the light dome. The orientation of North is correct (before you check it John :D ) :

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There is an Anemometer where the original radio antenna used to be. I think the antenna was removed when radio technology improved :

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With the fitting of the safety railings the model is FINISHED :

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Danny

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On 7/31/2019 at 10:48 PM, rwiederrich said:

I'm sure it will be loved by the Admiral and will find a place of honor.

 

Rob

I took it to her place this morning - she's stoked with it :) . She's giving it to her grandson who's name happens to be ......... (drum roll) ........ BYRON :D .

 

Thanks for the comments guys :) . Now it's back to the Hind helicopter.

 

Danny

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