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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #125 on: July 27, 2021, 09:52:42 pm »

more cabin surface prep.. cut out more windows, started hatch detailing..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #126 on: July 29, 2021, 08:13:15 pm »

front window frame today,, brass T stock, formed, mitered, milled and silver soldered.. will need a little clean-up but it does fit and should hold up a little better than plastic..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #127 on: July 29, 2021, 08:40:23 pm »

That frame looks so good, i like window frames on models. Once again - what size T section please?
What did you mill?
Thanks for showing this build.
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #128 on: July 29, 2021, 08:56:24 pm »

to get the T stock I had cut a 3/16ths x 3/32nds I beam with a jeweler's saw, all the joints were mitered or milled for best fit and contact.. the verticals were milled so the top surfaces were flush with the frame,, lots of work with opti-visor on,, this could all be done with a set of jeweler's/needle files..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #129 on: July 29, 2021, 11:42:44 pm »

I have used OO gauge Nickle silver rail.  The shape holds the "glass" in without glue.  It can be polished and protected with varnish to keep the "chrome" look.
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #130 on: July 30, 2021, 07:52:28 pm »

cleaned up the frame, turned the DF cowl, set things in place to get a look at the progress..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #131 on: August 03, 2021, 09:41:19 pm »

lazerette hatch made and opening was given it's coming, late war aft deck reinforcement added, deck flanges for vent cowls were a quick little lathe project,, getting to be just details now (lots of details)
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #132 on: August 04, 2021, 08:15:01 pm »

Brass angle 1-32nd didn't bend for me. Well, it did bend but all in the wrong places.
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #133 on: August 04, 2021, 08:29:52 pm »

perhaps your angle stock was work hardened, maybe try annealing a section, I did keep mine pressed against the form while slowly bending.. did get some distortions.. you could a use section of rod the correct diameter as an arbor to bend against.. it was a fiddley bit of a job!!!
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #134 on: August 04, 2021, 08:41:25 pm »

With my limited supply of brass angle running out I decided to use 1.5mm dia rod instead. Effective , but perhaps not as good as angle though.
However, thanks for your suggestions.
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #135 on: August 05, 2021, 09:11:35 pm »

rigged my cheap little chop saw with a distance stop so 26+ sections could be cut, gang drilled them in groups of ten, sanded them to shape once they were glued in place..  added the top cabin weather shield base..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #136 on: August 06, 2021, 08:02:00 pm »




Fabulous detail and build :-)) 
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #137 on: August 12, 2021, 09:46:13 pm »

installed the battery bays, hopefully some velcro strips will keep them in there places, started work on the cabin hatches,, tracking says the crew figures will arrive saturday .. hoping to get the rudder servo and ESC's mountings sorted friday..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #138 on: August 14, 2021, 07:29:36 pm »

steering gear installed, gave the hull some color, the crew arrived today,, a couple will get some major surgery besides the RAF induction..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #139 on: August 15, 2021, 08:34:03 pm »

made a start the plow type anchor this morning..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #140 on: August 16, 2021, 09:22:06 pm »

with some half body swaps, the standing skipper is now a seated skipper, a seated drive is now a standing coxswain.. did a test fit and the seated driver figures will fit into the turrets to become gunners..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #141 on: August 18, 2021, 01:42:41 am »

some more "adjustments" and the start of the RAFacation...
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #142 on: August 21, 2021, 04:05:26 pm »

more work on the figures,, two figures selected to be gunners were relieved of their weight lifted sholders so the would fit in the turrets better..using a miliput like product started adding vest and other details..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #143 on: August 26, 2021, 09:24:02 pm »

crew has been getting more of the correct gear, paints are here including an RAF uniform set,, started on the cleats and made a master for the mushroom vent tops so those can be resin cast.. maybe by monday the crew won't look so ghostly..
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #144 on: August 29, 2021, 07:10:21 pm »

gave the crew thier first coats of colors, more details, washes and clear flat to be added
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #145 on: August 31, 2021, 07:47:04 pm »

worked on detailing the wooden cleats today,, some more final sanding, the brass will get treated dark with the high points buffed,, the wood will get stained dark to get an oiled teak look.. (who ever thought that cleats would need detailing )
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #146 on: August 31, 2021, 09:13:32 pm »

Wow that's great detail  :-)) :-)) :-))
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #147 on: August 31, 2021, 10:21:26 pm »

Excellent detail, sure highlights the difference between the RAF 63 and the Miami 63 ASR, great job and enjoy watching the progress.
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #148 on: September 02, 2021, 05:04:51 pm »

This is excellent work. Your figures bring the model to life and add realism.
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Re: RAF HSL whaleback in 1/16th
« Reply #149 on: September 02, 2021, 09:07:25 pm »

thanks all, having found some great photos of the anchor windlass type used means no "fudging" this time, a big thimble sized part. lathes and milling machine used, lots of needle file work, two silver solderings, more than 15 parts and still have to add some ridges with filled epoxy... 
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