lol amour theres much better single malts than glen fiddich
. Part of the pleasure of modelling for me is the researching the subject I love to find out as much as I can.
Good luck with your girlfriend biker
Well guys had an interesting weekend working on her and learnt a new skill.
As most of you are aware the forecastle ares of this kit is completely wrong and does need sorting out. First thing I did was scan the drawing of the forecastle into my PC and using photoshop scaled it to 1/125 and printed 2 copies
I cut out one to use as a overlay
I Have also rescent bought some john Haynes fitting at 1/96 scale which is over scale but on small items i might be able to get away with. However the hawser plates are a bit to big but the oddly the chain guide are the exact right size. I used the second print at a template to make 2 new hawser guides
Now with a mind look at a future build to go along with this ship (Casablanca class escort carrier) a lot of the fittings are common so I decided to make a mould to manufacture the common parts in the future. Using the smallest amount of super glue possible i glue the fitting to a piece of plasticard and made box which I then filled with silicon rubber to make a mould and set aside
While I wait for the rubber to cure I started works on the anchor hawser tubes. The original kit supplies 1 massively oversized anchor as far I can seen all Fletcher's have 2 anchors. So using my overlay i marked out the correct positions for both anchors and pilot drill the holes. now these have to line up perfectly with deck hole and the holes have be at the correct angle. I achieved this by drilling progressively larger holes adjusting the angle as i went and on the final 4mm hole the brass tube fitted perfectly.
The brass tube was then cut and filed to size angles and fitted in place with super glues ensuring all gaps are filled.
On sunday morning the rubber had cured and couldn't help myself I had to test it and mixed up the rest and had trail cast. It took 2 attempts but i got it right chuffed to bits
The forecastle area is now manufactured nothing is fixed yet.
Next stage prepping hull for paint and building all the details