Airfix 1/600 SS France

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Hi Chris,
I found your building log of this liner. Very nice work with all the tiny parts. The painting looks beautyfull.
Like my Robert E. Lee: a lot of windows, railing and stairs. In the beginning you think: where do I start. But at the and you get the WOW.
Regards, Peter
Thank you Peter. I totally agree that the extra time involved with adding the little details make quite a difference in the final outcome. France has lots of little odd curved to straight railings which will be a challenge to get decent bends. I have a feeling I may be going through a fair amount of railing that may end up in the trash until I figure out the best method. I've also had to convert walkways to stairs as the generic 1/600 stairs offered by many PE manufacturers are often too wide to replace the narrow plastic ones that come with the model. Trial and error and hopefully acceptable success will be the result. I did the same thing on my RMS Queen Elizabeth and was pretty happy with how she looked completed.
 
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....... I have a feeling I may be going through a fair amount of railing that may end up in the trash until I figure out the best method.
.....Trial and error and hopefully acceptable success will be the result.
Chris,
These 2 lines from your answer reflect exactly what I went through with the construction of the railing on “The Lee”. The bin with waste was getting bigger and bigger, but the final result is very satisfying.
I read your other build logs too. It's going to be a handsome fleet. Nice to see the different scales.
Regards, Peter
 
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I got a lot of railings done on my France. My dog bumped me and my elbow crushed the bow railings after they were glued on......straightened them out as best I could. The PE also had a lot of waves to it from shipping which didn't come out that great. I found the railings on this ship the hardest ones to do of the four models I have done. Lots of long straight runs and curves.47 Railings.jpg49 Railings.jpg50 Railings.jpg51 Railings.jpg
 
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After I had glued down a couple of railings I realized I should have been using 5 bar instead of 3 bar on the bow and stern, oh well lol!
 
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Chris,
You did a great job with this beautyfull liner.
You can by pround with this result.
Regards, Peter
Thanks Peter. I don't think the intent when produced were to have a lot of detail added but with some patience I think she looks pretty good. I'm sure the newer models designed today are much nicer but these oldies have their own sort of charm IMO.
 
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