I’ve always felt that the rudder doesn’t look right on this kit and couldn’t put my finger on why.
Examining photos of the actual thing, it was because the front of the rudder was a square section, butting up to another square section on the hull. It should be chamfered to 45° Like this.
this means that hinge white metal castings are now the wrong shape, so I had to scratch build something instead.
So I drilled a hole for each pin at the shallowest angle I could, then bent each pin about 20° so it became parallel to the hinge line. The bend is concealed by the copper banding, and the triangle section left, filled with gap filling ca to make solid.
I drilled and pinned the bands while I was at it.
Although with hindsight, it looks like the rivet count on the kit item is higher than the real thing. Actual rivet counting! How’s that for nerdery.
While I was at it, I drew and 3D printed a better spectacle plate too. Which you can’t really see in this picture.
I assume all the hinge hardware would have been iron, so should be painted black? Anyone know?
I need to fabricate something for the hull side now as well. More to follow!
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