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Markwarren
#181 Posted : 14 November 2019 23:29:12

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You are certainly cracking on with this one Gray.Love

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#182 Posted : 15 November 2019 04:54:45
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Gray, is this one worth it? It’s got some amazing features, but the panel seams put me off.

(Which is to say I’m tempted!)
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#183 Posted : 15 November 2019 12:51:51

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Gray, is this one worth it? It’s got some amazing features, but the panel seams put me off.

(Which is to say I’m tempted!)


To be honest Mark i think it's horses for courses. Do i think it would look better without the seams? Undoubtedly. Would there be a way to do the metal hull that would be easy for builders of every level? Probably not.

I also own the original wooden hull version. Great kit, with clean lines on the hull. However, to re-release that kit without any mods would probably have had limited appeal. At least this way, it has brought the kit up to date with the remote controlled features. The parts also go together well (apart from maybe the gearbox, which everyone seems to have an issue Cursing ). And, more importantly, makes it easy for all skill levels to build. There's a lot to be said for these 'screw-together kits - very therapeutic BigGrin

Just my take on it.
Cheers Gray
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#184 Posted : 20 November 2019 19:38:08

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Issue 31:

Hull section and second Rangefinder.
Pack contents: Lower port hull section, Connector, 2x half director tower, Rangefinder dome, 2x Rangefinder arms, Screws.

Basically, this section is just a repeat of the previous stage, but for the port side.

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 31.

Oh, and i also decided to darken the portholes, using a fine sharpie BigGrin
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#185 Posted : 20 November 2019 19:59:13

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Issue 32:

Hull section and Accessories.
Pack contents: Upper starboard hull section, Connection piece, 2x Life rafts, fan, Accessories, Metal details, Screws.

The upper starboard hull section is screwed in place with three screws, as before.

The two life rafts are attached to the superstructure with a little glue. They are marked on the back with an 'L' or an 'R', so you cannot get it wrong. add the fan to the rear of the superstructure, aligning the two pins. Next, glue the two hatches onto the deck, then position the control station and engine communication console in place with glue. The two ventilators sit either side of the deck opening, glue in place.

Now the start of the 'fiddly' stuff Mellow
The parts on the metal frame are a pain to remove, being thicker than etch. The various parts are then glue in place. The platform is easy to bend out of shape, so care must be taken here when removing from the frame.

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 32.
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#186 Posted : 20 November 2019 20:07:41

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Issue 33:

Motor for the forward Radar equipment.
Pack contents: motor, cable label, Screws.

An EXTREMELY short 'to do' list inn this issue!
Take the motor, unravel the cable, and attach the label. Yep, that's all Bored

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 33.
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#187 Posted : 20 November 2019 20:30:20

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Issue 34:

Radar Control Centre.
Pack contents: control centre, Radar unit, Base of radar unit, Mounting plate, Various small plastic parts, 3x Cogs, 2x shafts, Small metal parts, Radar antenna, Screws.

Glue the six lockers in place on the sides of the control centre, Fix the two radar arms in place on the radar unit with a dab of glue, orientating them to pointing towards the radar antenna.

taking the control centre, turn upside down and fit the two cogs and shafts. The final cog sits on top of the outer cog, so it meshes with the inner one. Attach the mounting plate with the screws provided. insert the shaft of the motor from Issue 33 into the centre of the cog, and screw on the mounting plate.

Now for some more 'fiddly' bits. Remove the ring from the metal plate, and glue in place locating the two pins. Add the two sections of trim to the radar unit, being careful as they are differing sizes. The pins locate into the three slots. Next attach the two ladders onto the control centre. The last two ladders are attached to the superstructure, which would have been easier to do BEFORE attaching the director towers Huh

Fit the radar antenna onto the front of radar unit. It needs to protrude above the top of the unit. Screw the base of the radar unit to the roof using the screw provided.

The small plastic parts are indeed very SMALL, and easily lost to the carpet monster! Carefully remove from the sprues, and fix in place with glue.

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 34.
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#188 Posted : 20 November 2019 21:53:42

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Issue 35:

A Keel section and a Display Stand.
Pack contents: Fifth Keel section, Connecting piece, 2x Display stand supports, Display stand base, Screws.

This issue sees more additions of the accessories from the last stage. Once that is complete, the control room is placed onto the lower mast deck, being careful not to trap any wires or disturb any of the small pieces added earlier. fix the bridge deck assembly to the superstructure, carefully running the wires down into the large recess of the superstructure deck.Turn the assembly over and screw together with the screws provided.

The last two parts left over on the metal frame are then carefully removed and attached to the superstructure to form railings.

Fit the connecting piece over the raised sockets on the keel section, and secure with two screws. Position the keel section so that it fits into the sockets on the connecting piece, and screw together.

Push-fit the two parts of the display stand into the display stand base.

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 35.

I think the last photo shows just how big and heavy this build is becoming Drool
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Markwarren
#189 Posted : 21 November 2019 08:15:46

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Looking good Gray. Cool ThumpUp

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#190 Posted : 21 November 2019 21:35:17

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Issue 36:

Motor for the Foretop Radar Installation.
Pack contents: Motor for the radar installation, Cable label, Screws.

Another very short issue Mellow

Remove the packaging, remove the cable label and wrap it around the cable, near the socket. Yep, that's it for this issue Bored

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 36.

Oh, for some reason i got 4 of the PB screws in this issue, not 3. But hey, who's complaining BigGrin

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#191 Posted : 21 November 2019 21:52:19

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Issue 37:

The Foretop Radar and a Port Hull section.
Pack contents: Lower port hull, radar unit, base of radar unit, Foretop command post, Base plate, Foretop command post attachment, Deck, 3x Cogs, 2x Shafts, Screws.

Again, we fit a section of the hull, using 3 of the screws provided. There's a nice bit of detail on this hull section (not sure what it is or does but looks cool Cool ).

The deck sits in the recess on the top of the foretop command post attachment. using a drop of glue. Turning it over, we next fit the first of the 3 cogs. This is the one with a long collar. Insert a shaft into the hole in the centre of the cog. I found it easier to fit the other shaft into the adjacent recess next, then slide the next cog over it. The last cog, with a cross head recess on top sits on the first shaft, so that the teeth engage with the outer ring of teeth on the second cog. Attach the base plate using the screws provided.

Take the motor from issue 36 and fit the shaft of the motor into the recess in the cog and screw in place.

Turning the assembly over, fit the base of the radar onto the protruding shaft and secure with a screw. The radar unit then sits on top of the base. You cannot get the orientation wrong as there is a notch on both parts. Glue in place.

Finally, glue the attachment onto the rear of the foretop command post, with the hollow area pointing downwards.

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 37.
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#192 Posted : 21 November 2019 22:05:49

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Issue 38:

The Foretop Radar and a Starboard Hull Section.
Pack contents: Lower starboard hull section, Foretop command post gallery, Small accessories, Deck, Screws.

The lower starboard hull section is attached as before.

Next we attach the deck to the foretop command post gallery, using a touch of glue if needed.

Attach the two sockets to the foretop assembly from issue 37. The flat area should be uppermost. Next i skipped the next section of instructions, and fitted 3 of the small accessories to the foretop assembly deck (thanks to Yorkshire Modeller for that tip ThumpUp ). It just made life easier. Once attached, it was back to the instructions and attached the two rangefinder arms (which are not easy to keep straight while the glue dries).

The door, and the set of three lockers are then fixed in place with a little glue, making note again of the orientation.

And that's it for this month. Next time we get the first part of the hull with the banding Love

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 38.
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#193 Posted : 21 November 2019 23:52:18

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Making excellent progress Gray, looking good....Cool Cool

Regards

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#194 Posted : 22 November 2019 10:55:34

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Hi looking very good,glad I'm not the only one finds the etch a pain to get off the feet.cheers mick.BigGrin
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#195 Posted : 08 December 2019 13:11:14

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Hi gray I have just completed issue 38 and noticed your radar arms are on upside down ,they have 2 holes for guard railing at the top and 1 underneath,yours have got the 1 hole at the top ,cheers mick.Blink
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#196 Posted : 08 December 2019 14:42:00

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mogwai wrote:
Hi gray I have just completed issue 38 and noticed your radar arms are on upside down ,they have 2 holes for guard railing at the top and 1 underneath,yours have got the 1 hole at the top ,cheers mick.Blink


BigGrin Good spot Mick, and luckily an easy fix. The instructional pictures for that section, 05 & 06, are not great, as they have the tweezers covering the outermost hole. That's my excuse anyway Flapper

Radar arms now correctly positioned ThumpUp
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#197 Posted : 09 December 2019 19:57:57

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Issue 39:

The Next Hull Section.
Pack contents: Upper port hull section, Connecting piece, Screws.

Another of those sparse issues Mellow
In this issue we start to assemble section of the hull camouflage. As before, we align the hull section so it sits over the posts on the hull section. Once screwed in place, the connecting piece is fitted to join it to the rest of the hull.

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 39.
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#198 Posted : 02 February 2020 13:44:11

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Issue 40:

Fire Control Post details and Searchlight Deck.
Pack contents: Upper superstructure x2, Searchlight platform, Locker structure, Searchlight parts x6, Searchlight glass, Decking, 4x ZAG artillery guidance devices, ladder support, Cooling coil, Rangefinder rails, Ladder, Searchlight cable.

After the lull in the storm last issue, here we find we have masses to do!
Firstly, we wrap the label around the cable, near the connector, and then threaded through the searchlight base. The Searchlight glass is fitted to the searchlight housing. Next we fit the LED into the backplate, applying a little glue around the outside, and mount the seatchlight assembly to it.The support then fits into the two slots on either side of the searchlight. The two parts of the arm sit with the cable in between, and glued together, careful not to get any glue on the cable. the peg on the end of the arm assembly is then glued into the recess on the support.

Feeding the wire from the searchlight through the decking, this is attached to the searchlight platform. the locker structure sits just behind the light.

The two part of the upper superstructure are glued together. The ladder is then attached. pass the connector end of the cable through the opening in the front of the superstructure, and glue the platform in place.

The ladder support is fitted to the radar assembly from issue 38. The two sets of rails are then carefully attached to the radar arms. Finally, for this issue, we fit the four ZAG artillery guidance devices.

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 40.
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#199 Posted : 02 February 2020 13:56:24

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Issue 41:

The Next Hull Section.
Pack contents: Upper starboard hull section, Connecting piece, Screws.

This stage is just basically a repeat of Stage 39

Store any unused parts in a stage labelled bag. This completes Stage 41.
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#200 Posted : 02 February 2020 14:00:03

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Issue 42:

The Sixth Keel Section.
Pack contents: Sixth keel section, Connector, Screws

Again, we attach the connector to the hull, insert the sixth keel section and screw down.

as you can see from the final photo, she's a'growin BigGrin

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