Just when I thought I was finished with the beacon towers Grrrrr... I became aware that there are several items on the sprues that are not listed on Lindberg's 8 page instructions! Only after researching photos of the real ship and of other model builds did I discover the answer to my confusion of parts. There are 'extra' rings that should have been placed inside of the beacon cages.( Too late now #@!%) Then there are three pieces that belong to the radar unit that sat atop the aft beacon cage. The radar was installed onto this ship during WWll. Lindberg needs to get there act together and update their instructions. I find this another mistake by only using a number system in place of naming what the part is that goes on to a ship.
I decided that I wanted to include the radar unit to my tower which gives it a more finished look. I had to use my Xacto blade to remove some of the plastic on the four vertical rails and then sand the bottom of unit until I could skip it inside of the tower's beacon cage. It works but, really Lindberg?
Nino - I am really surprised that Lindberg would not include these parts in the instructions at steps 14 and 15. Basically, the inside rings would go on regardless of the year of ship. I do not have the exact date, but the radar unit was added to the ship somewhere between 1942 and 1945. It could detect ships within an eight mile radius. In 1960, the LV-112 was converted over from steam engine to a diesel engine. One of the main visual changes that was made was a shortened smoke stack. With all of that, thanks for taking a look and enjoy your Holidays!!!
My Micro Set and Micro Sol arrived earlier than I expected, so I worked on adding the ship's name to the hull. I masked off the bottom two-thirds of hull and sprayed the upper portion with a clear gloss to allow the decals to move around smoothly for placement. The process actually went rather quickly! Once the decals dry overnight, I'll spray a coat of Dullcoat to seal and protect decals.
With the help of Mrs. O, I installed the deck into the hull BUT, not without putting a big smile on her face. It turns out I soldered all of my connections and forgot to run the wires up through the hull of the ship LOL After going back to the drawing board and redoing my the wiring, the deck is now installed and I can go about gluing on the rest of the deck features. Another test to see how the ship will look at night with led's on.
Tom - the only article that I could find for the color scheme was that the USCG chose colors that appeared to be non-threatening; such as a white hull, buff (spar) masts etc. This was in an article online that I came across while researching "buff" colored paint and I'm not positive if this is the real reason why it was chosen.
As for the openings above the boot stripe, I have not come across any article that mention these. I'm fairly new at modeling, but I do try to look up the history of the ship that I am working on. This is a great way in learning History!
I want to thank you, and everyone else, who have commented and followed along with me on this kit. I had hoped to have this light ship finished by new years, but sometime in January will work for me.Here is an update photo. I was successful in my basic wiring of lights and I'm hoping my water effects for the base will turn out as well. Another 1st for me. Happy New Year to everyone!!!
Denis - Greetings and thanks for your kind compliment. I took a look at your work on your Revenge and I must say that it is some outstanding workmanship!!! After I complete this light ship, I plan to start work on my 2nd wooden kit, MS HMS Bounty Launch. This will be my first attempt at a POF build. Thanks again for dropping in and your comment
I decided not to use the tackle, provided by the kit, to attach the davits to the whaleboat. First off, I used some 22 gauge wire to make small eye rings and hooks for the 2mm blocks to attach to. I drilled fine holes thru the top of the davits and also into the bow and stern of the boat. I used CA glue on the block under top of davit and also glued the rings into bow and stern of boat. Used black thread for the lines running between the blocks. Blocks were painted a flat brown. For better or worse, I will do the same for the port side lifeboat as well.