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  1. using the rather stiff and unrealistic plastic sails provided in the kit as molds for new sails, Tissue dipped in diluted pva glue. Then when dry, peeled off ready to be pierced with thread. Here is the Spanker sail being threaded to both of it's stern facing yards
  2. the cracked and broken ice at the tip of the bow. After watching modern icebreaker ships doing their thing, the broken ice displaced piles up over and under the ice at the side of the ship as it passes through.
  3. the attachments points for these really big plates are four brackets that provide positive glue surfaces.
  4. so far so good, fit has been excellent so far, what you would expect from the Big T. a coat of white primer for the upper hull area. the upper superstructure bulges out increasing the width of the vehicle and the increase in space inside the fighting compartment.
  5. nice subtle weathering Peter, are they going to get the tools out and start track bashing? or are they doing a Fury and playing dead, waiting in ambush.
  6. using the hull as a marker, I have some plain foam filled white material from an art shop, by cutting it out bit by bit to see how it looks from above, I don't want to either overdo it, or under do it. The materiaql is coated in a lyer of PVA glue, then some baking soda icey snow was sprinkled over it prior to letting it dry and starting to cut out the cracks.
  7. Before any work to the vulnerable masts, yards and sails, I want to consider how I'm going to represent the ship breaking through the ice with an emerald sea colour peeking through the broken space's in the ice.
  8. ships boats would have canvas covers fitted the whole time they are stowed on deck. Tissue soake3d in diluted PVA glue, apply them roughly sized and allow them to dry. once they are dry, the covers go tight as a drum, then they can be neatly trimmed. The dry tissue takes paint really well.
  9. wool, Canvas and cotton, no Goretex in those days. You sweat, it froze.
  10. the figures provided in the kit are quite well sculpted, considering their tiny size.
  11. the bridge painted and weighted down to bond flat with the Helm deckhouse and chartroom below.
  12. The kit has the open platform bridge that was fitted originally before the Discovery's sea trials, the Trials were an absolute disaster, the hull shipped several inches of water and the bridge was not considered appropriate for Icey conditions. The terrible shipwright failings in Glasgow were rectified in Portsmouth and the high sided Bridge was fitted. using plasticard, and the kit bridge floor as a guide, The high sided bridge scratchmade. The original Glasgow Bridge just had handrails. Even an open Bridge like this would be tough to man in Icey winds.
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