Hi Todd, thank you very much!!
This filling and sanding sometimes seems endless, though...
All right, up for this weekend's progress!
Sanding down whatever surfacer I have brushed on over the week...
Cutting away the flag lockers
Signalmen's shelter - first approach of connecting the HACS and the bulge of the superstructure with thin plastic sheets. I am very well aware that the shape of the shelters is not correct - I should have removed to bulges first, there was no 'V'-shape pointing forward. But I assume once installed together with all the stuff that will be on that part, it will be hard to realise.
However, I realised that I could not do it as planned - the HACS base needs to go
some sheet on top
and cutting and sanding in shape
I'll have to do the final sanding and touch ups 'in situ'...
Now for the flag lockers. I studied the reference that Frank Allen pointed me to - actually Evert Jan Foeth's build log of his HMS Hood, all scratch build. WOW - I knew he was building a Hood for some years, but looking at what he is doing there in 1 / 350...makes your own build look, well
okay, let's not talk about it. What EJ is doing there is just unbelievable marvellous. Even the flag lockers are models of their own.
So understood how they would have looked like, but that's beyond my reach and ability to to. The individual boxes for the flags are about .3 mm wide according to his explanations.
But trying to find a quick and stupid solution to achieve the impression of a locker with multiple compartments, I abused some Eduard etch that I missed to use for the vents (simply didn't see it existed in time...). The size of the grit is pretty much the size of the flag lockers
and doubled up they should give some impression of depth
Two of those glued on a strip of plastic and then to the back of the signal platform
only hold in place by tweezers. Some surfacer and sanding should bring them into an acceptable condition.
Another layer of paint to the lower bridge, to check quality of my sanding. Not too bad, but not there yet either...
And the painted 4" AA, after sanding my improvised shield extension. Not perfect, but considering where this parts actually will be eventually (low to the deck and conceals behind splinter shields for the most part) that should do...
So that's the overall 'output'...
Next update will be in about two weeks, I hope I'll find some time here and there during the week, but I am busy over the next weekend.
Thanks for stopping by and looking!!