That really looks great Andy. I have never used a P.E set myself but they sure do add a lot of detailHaving got the Range Finder platform completed I glued it to the plastic support and then the whole thing was glued to the Bridge Deck. Another ladder and platform was then folded and glued to the ladder from the Range Finder platform at the rear of the Bridge.
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The Gunnery Control Unit is made from a plastic main body and some P.E. add ons. A piece of P.E. was curved to fit the rear of the main body, glued in place and then the P.E. base got fitted with 2 ladders glued against the main body. The whole assembly then got fitted to the Deck. The plastic Range Finder was glued in place and 2, one each side, signalling devices were then fitted.
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Thanks Norgale, I never used to be able to use P.E. detail sets, I could never get the parts to stick without making a mess, but in the last couple of years I have managed to work out how to use them and now I like to use detail sets even if they do cost far more than the actual model kit. I have now returned from my annual migration south, a fantastic week hiking in Salzburg and Vienna in Austria, eating lots of Apple Struedel and sampling the local beverages, meeting up with Uwe in Vienna, and a few days soaking up the sun in my Parents back garden in Kent, south of England.That really looks great Andy. I have never used a P.E set myself but they sure do add a lot of detail
Thanks, I don't live in Kent anymore, I am currently in N. Ireland. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is a great little railway, been on it a couple of times. We used to go to that stretch of coast during the summer, long sandy beaches, great for a day's swimming in the sea and building Sandcastles.That's really nice stuff. It's amazing how much detail you can add to a model with the PE parts. I've seen several kits for fighter plane cockpits but never tried one. Think I'll look a bit closer at this PE stuff. By the way we might have been neighbors if my Grandfather hadn't left Dymchurch and gone across the pond. Love the trains they have there.
Your correct there is a lot of history on that coastline. Romney Marsh was land gradually reclaimed from about the 13th century and there are lots of small streams and villages scattered about. There used to be lots of smuggling in this area and then during the Napoleonic Wars a defensive canal was built in case of invasion by France and numerous Martello Towers were also built along the coast, lots of these are now converted into houses. Just off the coast is a part of the Mulberry Harbour that went aground whilst being towed to Normandy after D-Day 1944. It's a great part of Kent and if I ever win the lottery I would buy a Bungalow on the coast road opposite the beaches and have a workroom looking out to sea.I've watched all the vids I can find on the R,H&D and it's really neat. Looked at the coast with Google Earth too and it's beautiful and loooong. Lots of history along that coast.
Thanks, Photoetch certainly improves the look of these ship models, there is so much extra detail even in this small scale.That is really good looking. Love the etched panels. The detail stands right out.
Hi Peter, I am only able to work at this for about 10 minutes at a time and then take a break. Having always been Long Sighted, I have now started to go Short Sighted in one Eye and my Optician thinks it might be because I do so much small fine detailed work. . I always thought that insects and other Creepy Crawlies in Australia were 4 times the size of insects in the rest of the world .Awesome!
It really is fantastic that you can work at such a tiny scale.
It makes the whole model larger than it is when it fits together so nicely.
Envious, I am. As a boy I could count the hairs on a fly. Now I can't even see the fly
Hello Peter, I am not painting the etched parts on this build because it's such a small scale and I feel if I were to paint them most of the fine detail would be lost. On larger scaled ships that I have built I do paint the etch, usually spraying it on the frets with car body primer and then touching up any parts once they're fitted. Some companies like Eduard produce pre-coloured etch, mostly for aircraft, that doesn't require painting and also has a glue already attached.Nice progress.
Have a question about etched parts. I have noticed that a lot, if not all, modellers using the etched parts, don't paint them. Is there a reason for this?