Welcome once again to another update.
First up I installed the supports for the depth charge rails on the aft deck.. the back of the ship for all those non-ship people out there..
Then I started on the 'fun' bit, construction of the rails themselves. You start by removing this peice of metal from the fret..
Then you fold it in a couple of places..
And you end up with this.
Then you have to put one bend in the base of the assembly..
.. which you then place in the rail assembly..
Later you will find out this is not correct but it is too late as you have securely soldered the piece in position and desoldering such a large joint without a proper desoldering machine is just too hard. But thats OK as it is not all that visible especially when you have a load of depth charges in the rails.
I really did think the base was going to be the right width to fill the base of the assembly but it was a few mms out. Oh well..
Then after attaching lots of small brackets and angle and the smoke pot holder you end up with this ..
The smoke pots got painted along with the depth charge throwers (again) ..
Sorry it is on its side but PB wouldn't rotate it for some reason.
Now for some hints and tips.
1. Don't paint this stuff before you assemble it. The tolerances are fine and you will just need to remove it from the joints anyway. And you also need to anneal some parts to bend them which will just burn the paint off anyway.
2. Read the instructions from the start to the end of a step completely before starting it. David has a habit of putting crucial details after they are needed making things a little difficult to remedy at times.
3. A number of small parts will need 'adjusting' before they will fit in position.
and 4. I followed the instructions and attached the supports to the rear deck, remember that? Don't... apart from making it almost impossible to paint the rails later without getting warm white all over your nice grey, deck it is not possible to get the assembly in position to allow you to press it down into its 4 support frames. Trust me on this..
That's it for now.