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I used to have a set of Pixnor tweezers, but I found that they had a high 'ping off across the room' factor. I now use Tamiya HG (High Grade) tweezers, which have a zero 'ping off across the room' factor. It may be that I don't have a lot of feeling in my finger tips and I normally have difficulty using the right pressure when using tweezers. I still sometimes drop the thing I'm trying to hold, but not once in the six months that I've had them, have they sent an item into orbit.

They cost a lot more than Pixnor ones, I think mine cost about £13 or £14, but they are worth every penny to me.

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Updates coming thick & fast at the moment.

It’s another short one showing today’s efforts and still involving the depth charge details. I wanted to do a little detailing and figured that sort of stuff is easier to do prior to fixing to the main superstructure. Sometime in the distant past I did some soldering using a wooden fixture. It was time to get those brackets in place and again I thought they would be really tricky to do directly onto the ship.

Looks complex but the general drift is thus; the wooden deck is held as if fastened to the ships deck (as it will be), that makes the cutting mat the wall of the engine room. Still with me? Good. I now push the depth charge assembly into the storage blocks keeping the engine room fixing bracket hard onto the cutting mat. The fancy bit of flat steel is just a centre finder and is used purely as it has the weight I need to not allow the depth charge assembly to move whilst I glue it in place.

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Next up was to get some “rope” ready to use. This was 0.2mm dia lead. Straighten it, paint it, then cut it to the required length.

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A bit of fine supergluing and this is what we get.

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Last chance we get this close on these little assemblies.

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This is probably the closest you can get once they are fastened down on the decks unless you can shrink yourself and climb on board.

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As always, thanks for calling by, for the likes and for the comments, it’s all appreciated. I have had such fantastic encouragement from people both here and privately. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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8 hours ago, Toolmaker said:

I have had such fantastic encouragement from people both here and privately.

This has been one of the most remarkable builds I have ever followed Thanks for entertaining and educatifying us.

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On 04/09/2019 at 06:57, Gorby said:

This has been one of the most remarkable builds I have ever followed Thanks for entertaining and educatifying us.

 

20 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

What 'e said above its a really entertaining build 

Yet further examples of what I was saying, thank you very muchly.

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Hi Paul, Looks like all is progressing very well and, like the other folk above, I have to agree; A thoroughly entertaining and educational build. It has been great to see the transformation of this kit into a model par excellence.

Cheers

Richard

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On 08/09/2019 at 01:47, Mulder1966 said:

Hi Paul, Looks like all is progressing very well and, like the other folk above, I have to agree; A thoroughly entertaining and educational build. It has been great to see the transformation of this kit into a model par excellence.

Cheers

Richard

Cheers Richard, most kind, as always.

I have been down South on a jolly for the past week and now look forward to getting back onto the Corvette build during the coming week.

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Hey up gals & guys, I’ve been dancing around the Corvette for a couple of weeks without offering too much in progress.

Yesterday and today I spoke to close friends and they geieeed me up to bring some continuing entertainment to the build. I had done a bit of thinking and a bit of modelling since last time but it didn’t seem important to me. However looking at it this minute I’m thinking “show what you got Paul, just share the trials and tribs with your buddy’s”.

Which means your going to share my confusion as to what to post for a change, is the texture right? are the angles clear? are the colours correct? even is the order right? so I just thought I would break with my usual remit on this build and show you what I pictured today. 

Ok, it started off taking some white plastic square stuff and trying to make it look like wood, big wood in fact, as in serious stuff for running repairs from torpedo attacks in the mid Atlantic

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I did finally get around to getting my dad’s name affixed;

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I still have to fill redundant fixing positions in the plastic, but they are not obvious until you get to this point.

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I made up these frameworks from the plastic, it’s surprising how much extra effort it takes to make them look realistic compared to the etch sets.

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Obvious I know, but here you can see I’m getting the “other” life boat sorted.

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Ah, my “logs”, Captains logs, no less.

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I had to do some serious culling of brass to get this in position but at least it’s one down, one to go now.

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Here we go, time to start fitting these;

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This speaks for itself I think, I’ve been practising my cotton weaving with the life raft;

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To be honest, I’ve posted so many pictures in this update I may have doubled up. If I have I apologise now.

Either way, almost done......the emergency exit for this post is close

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I still have a small but orderly queue of bits that want to be fixed to this build.

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Five minutes ago and we looked like this after a big clear up, apparently I’m doing some soldering work this week for a new “Model Ship Building” book soon to be released.

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Cheers girls and boys for putting up with me at this time 👍🏼👍🏼

Best regards

Paul

 

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Sorry I have to say it, it's a Doyouthinkhesaurus. On a more serious note, the ship is just a thing of beauty. It is very difficult to see foresee how much more detail can be achieved as the bar has been set so high. I love to watch this progress, a real treat.

Regards(and I'll get  my coat)

Richard

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On 18/09/2019 at 02:06, Mulder1966 said:

Sorry I have to say it, it's a Doyouthinkhesaurus. On a more serious note, the ship is just a thing of beauty. It is very difficult to see foresee how much more detail can be achieved as the bar has been set so high. I love to watch this progress, a real treat.

Regards(and I'll get  my coat)

Richard

Thanks Richard, oh and you don’t need to get your coat, your forgiven😀

On 18/09/2019 at 06:17, Invictaag said:

Great work Paul, keep on posting as many photos as you can, I enjoy looking at them all.

Cheers Andy.

on a very positive note I’m down to the last 100 pieces....Yay!

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So the soldering exercise went well, it was a practical guide to soldering ships masts. With respect to the author and publisher I’ll hold back until they publish unless it’s something I’m doing for the Corvette build. The quick test piece below gives an idea using 0.4mm diameter brass.

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With a nudge from a friend, I stripped the cordage from the raft as it was oversize and then got the rafts ready for “doing it for real”. I’m going to be using 0.25mm hemp.

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These are the block & tackle jobbies for loading the depth charges into the single throw launchers.

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Well, that was a breath of fresh air in comparison with my usual long winded, over photographed, extreme blogging efforts.

Thanks

Paul

 

 

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The blocks and tackle assemblies look convincing and, I imagine it's a welcome change of pace to have a more brief update; although, I have spent hours on seemingly simpler and less noticeable details before (as I assume many modellers have).

Regards

Richard

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18 hours ago, Mulder1966 said:

I have spent hours on seemingly simpler and less noticeable details before (as I assume many modellers have).

I couldn’t agree more Richard. I think I have shown numerous examples on this build of many hours disappearing down a black hole with precious little to show. On the opposite side of that, every so often you can have a modelling day when it all seems to come together.

For some people detailing is important and for others less so and of course it’s the chosen level of detailing that adds the extended time. Just this week on another forum, the contributor, who had built a fantastic model, was saying that he would not do similar again as he felt the 600 part count kit became a chore rather than a pleasure.

I certainly haven’t reached that sort of conclusion but I suspect my next one or two builds will not resemble this current one.

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Funny enough Paul I was only thinking this over the weekend, in fact I had thought about starting a thread on this very topic. I have easily spent over an hour working on a small Deck Gun fitting a P.E. Shield, there are 18 of them, it certainly doesn't look that much. In the case of your ship, all the fine detail is certainly worth it.

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Back again, looking for a “glutton for punishment” type that will listen to my drivel.

Life rafts; some kind (perhaps not) fellow modeller sent me the picture below as a general arrangement for the cordage. It was simply rope in my mind before he tootled along. Not so simple to do,  but I followed his thread (did you get that Gorby, I finally made a funny).

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Its a very natural progression, easily explained in photographic form. The hemp is approximately 0.25mm dia.

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Two down and two to go. After the first oval one I had thought to stack them in pairs as it seemed a long winded job. The reasoning was that if stacked the lower one would require far less detail, however the first of the rectangular ones only took a couple of hours so I may do all four long hand which would give me greater choice when it comes to placing them.

Cheers for now

Paul

 

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Nice work knitting the rafts.

 

21 minutes ago, Toolmaker said:

(did you get that Gorby, I finally made a funny).

Good effort. Best don't give up the day job though. :wink:

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