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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #50 on: July 19, 2020, 03:10:31 PM »

 Just a brief update this time.  I have been cutting the windows in the superstructure and taking it very slowly to minimise the chance of a slipping blade causing me to use naughty words.  I started by placing masking tape around each window to give me a clear line to work to.  Then, following the instructions (good boy!) I drilled a small hole in each corner, well inside the tape, and then cut out the piece between the holes.  Then, using a small rat tail file, I filed out the corners to the tape edge.  I then carefully cut away the edges between the corners, finishing off with an emery board and a small file.  This picture shows those stages.  On the right the windows have had the centre cut out between the holes, in the middle I have filed out to the corners and to the left is a completed window.  I did find that when finished each window was still surrounded by a slight ridge from the bulge by which the vacform defines the windows.  A used a fine grit sanding pad to remove the ridge.

 

 
And after some patient cutting and filing, here is the superstructure sitting in place with all the windows cut out.
 

 
As I went along and as a break from cutting and filing I did a bit more on the bridge internals.  The floor has a grating so the crew can keep their feet dry, and I didn’t fancy trying to build a 1/24 grating, so I ordered an Amati kit of one.  When I went to put it together, it seemed a little short somehow…
 

 
The label says there are 30 pieces, which there are, and that it is a 52mm grating, which it is – in one dimension.  However, if you are expecting a 52mm square grating, you will be disappointed.  I guess the expectation is that modellers will make several small gratings from the pieces supplied.  Fortunately, there is enough complete grating for my bridge floor.  So here is my grating alongside the nearly finished (a couple more details to go) bridge front panel, my interpretation of the drawing in an earlier post.
 

 
I have ordered a few items from Battlecrafts including a flag locker for the bridge.  When they arrive I should be able to complete the bridge and fix it in place in the superstructure.


Going back to the windows for a moment, I plan to simply glue some clear plastic on the inside face of the superstructure.  I did wonder if I should be trying to cut pieces that fit exactly into the openings, but that seemed to me to be a mite tricky to say the least.  How do others do this bit?


Happy modelling – and sailing for those who can now venture out!
 
Greg

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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #51 on: July 19, 2020, 03:13:55 PM »

Ooooh, just spotted that the last post was my 999th to Mayhem, so this one is my 1000th!   %%


Do I get a congratulatory telegram from Martin?  ;D

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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #52 on: July 19, 2020, 04:13:45 PM »

No just the BILL.  {-) %%
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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #53 on: July 19, 2020, 06:56:24 PM »

Hi Greg,

Thanks for updating your build.

I like the idea of using masking tape to define the cutting area of the windows - that's a really good tip!

Glazing the windows will be tricky - will you be making frames for the them? I can't remember seeing any window frames amongst the fittings supplied with the kit.

Your build is progressing well - the floor gratings are a particularly nice touch!


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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #54 on: July 23, 2020, 03:08:59 PM »

For those following this build (both of you!), I am afraid things are likely to go quiet for a while.  We are trying to downsize and as we know buying and selling houses ranks right up there as one of the most stressful things you can do.  I am under strict instructions to keep things tidy even in my man cave!  :o

I will post anything significant that I do but it is likely to be a while before I get back to "normal", and when we do move I guess there will be a period of settling in before the modelling stuff is unpacked.  I just hope things move ahead quickly.  Wish me luck!

Happy modelling and sailing one and all.

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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #55 on: July 24, 2020, 11:15:56 AM »

Hi Greg,

Ah! that's a shame! - I looked forward to the updates on your build which I have found very interesting and helpful.

Good luck with your house move and hope you will be able to continue your build log at some time in the future.



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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #56 on: July 24, 2020, 01:11:34 PM »

Hi Greg, hope your move goes smoothly, yes can be very stressful, are you staying on the island if not try and find a home near a pond.  O0 {-)


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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #57 on: July 24, 2020, 04:48:34 PM »

Thanks guys. Yes, we're staying on Hayling.  We are only moving because SWMBO can't do the stairs any more and we need a bungalow.  And I do hope to post progress occasionally in the next few weeks - it all depends how buying/selling goes and how long all the modelling stuff needs to be packed away.

Anyone want to buy a lovely house on Hayling Island?   :-)

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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #58 on: July 24, 2020, 05:41:34 PM »

Stannah stair lift? Mother found it very useful as did Dad later. Better than emptying two sheds of all dad's tools.
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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #59 on: July 24, 2020, 10:00:05 PM »

Yes, considered a stairlift and an actual lift, but the geometry of our stairs/landing and general space considerations make the stairlift impossible and the lift very difficult (i.e. expensive).  And to be frank, the house is too big for us, so the sensible (but stressful) route is to find a property that suits us better.  Wish us luck!

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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #60 on: August 07, 2020, 08:50:55 PM »

Wow! Stunning build as usual Greg, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this one on the water :-))
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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #61 on: August 08, 2020, 12:43:35 AM »

I wish you an easy move and no hassles.  O0
My wife and I have just moved our bedroom and several other bits and pieces from our Granny flat into the main house.   One grand daughter, a nurse, has been asked to help with Covid testing and it was considered safer for all, if she self isolated in our flat.   3 days and we are still using boxes.  <:(
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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #62 on: September 14, 2020, 03:24:05 PM »


The house move has had a couple of false starts, but things are looking up on that front.  Fingers crossed!  I have been doing a bit here and there on the MGB, so here is an update.  Nothing major, but at least I haven't stopped completely.

First, I received my order from Battlecrafts which included the flag locker, so that went into the bridge.  The "flags" are rolled up pieces of tissue coloured with water colours.  I haven't filled the whole thing, and there is no real attempt to replicate any flag, just an attempt to give a general impression of things.




The bridge was then assembled and glued in place in the superstructure.  [/font][/size]I have now added a little putty to hide the joins.





Having cut out all the windows, it was clear (!) that I could see right through the superstructure which isn’t what I wanted. 
I am not going to detail the internals at all, but I did add some baffles inside to give an impression of internal structure.




And then painted the internal surfaces dark grey to make it a bit gloomy. Not my best ever paint job, but it does tone everything down nicely.


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 I then moved on to the sliding hatch on top of the superstructure. 
Along with many other parts, the parts for this are laser cut, so I simply popped them out of the sheet, cleaned them up a bit and glued in place.




Then I checked the plan and realised there are some lockers that need to fit between the hatch and the bridge.  Popped them into place, and they don’t fit!  (And some of the resin mouldings need a fair bit of fettling to make them useable).  7Ps springs to mind! (Persistent proper planning prevents p*** poor performance!)





So I cut the hatch runners shorter and everything fitted nicely.  [/font][/size]But I asked myself, not for the first time, why go to the trouble and expense of laser cutting pieces that are the wrong size?




I have also glazed the windows although no material is supplied in the kit for this (should have done that before putting the internal stuff in, would have been easier and less messy).  I bought some canopy glue from Deluxe Materials for this and it works great, but I did use too much in some places leading to a squeeze out onto the glazing.  That needed some careful picking once the glue was dry. No pictures of the windows – not a lot to see!


I have also started adding the hatches to the deck.   The kit was a tad short on the necessary hatches, but Deans soon provided a plentiful supply along with photos of where each should go.   You will recall that I have added a removable section at the stern for access to the rudder controls, and one hatch has to overhang the edge of this, but that is no big deal.  The other potential issue is the smoke generator at the stern, but again it can be fixed to my removable part and should not inhibit its removal.




That’s about it for the moment.   Not sure when the next episode will appear.  I have to start sorting through 28 years-worth of assorted “useful stuff” in my workshop.  I just KNOW that whatever I throw away is going to be ideal for some job in the near future.  I really must harden my resolve.  Wish me luck!

  Greg

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Re: Deans Marine Motor Gun Boat 1/24 scale
« Reply #63 on: September 14, 2020, 04:03:59 PM »

Hi Greg,

Thanks for updating your build log (even though it seems that you are still in the middle of a house move) - best of luck for a successful completion!

The coloured pieces of tissue to represent the flags are a nice touch and the bridge looks good with your other additions.

I wished I had thought of using "canopy glue" when fixing the glazing panels in place on my "Najade" - I foolishly used cyano which reacts with the clear plastic to leave a "frosted" effect on the surface - ah well, lesson learned!

Seeing the smoke generator made me wonder if a working unit could be installed on this model or do you think there is insufficient room? It would certainly make a nice working feature if possible.

Looking forward to the next installment of your build  :-))


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