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On 4/14/2018 at 8:54 AM, Bandsaw Steve said:

If you go back far enough through this thread you will see that I have actually planned ahead with this moment in mind - remember me buying these from the nice young haberdashery assistant?


And cutting a series of slots in the casemate so the stanchions would have somewhere to live?


And even checking that they would fit in place before sticking the hull together?







On 4/14/2018 at 8:54 AM, Bandsaw Steve said:

Well, now's the time that all of that preparation paid dividends.  Basically I just slipped each stanchion through it's little bung-hole until the point of the needle poked out on the underside of the model. Then I stuck some two-part epoxy on it...


well, I was waiting for the 'I must have put them in a safe place'  excuse and the return trip to meet the nice little haberdashery assistant again.




Sticky-uppy bits are looking good

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4 hours ago, Martian Hale said:

Those needles are a very useful tip Steve.


Don't you mean 'those needles are a sharp tip' ?




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Oh Dear,


I want to like your jokes Hendie - really I do! 😧

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I’ve had an idea. 💡 How about each time you think of a ‘joke’ you PM it to me. I’ll read it and let you know what I think, and perhaps provide feedback on how it can be improved. Then, once we have sorted out the best material and polished it up a bit you can post it, with confidence, for viewing by the greater Britmodeller public.


I think this might be the best way forward in your case. 🤔


Always here to help mate! 👍


Bandsaw Steve



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Following my 'do or die' declaration vis-à-vis getting this thing ready for WASMEx (which is only six days away now) I have been trying to squeeze some modelling time in between the million and one other things going on at the moment. The outcome's uncertain folks, it's going down to the line! I think I can make it - but any delay or any major 'rooster-up' and I won't!


Here's where we start tonight's episode - ready to prime. The submarine is even on that handy little kitchen turntable that I use for this job.



Rattle can primer - for me it's always a rattle can for primer. So much easier than airbrushing; doesn't have to be cleaned afterwards. Once again - laziness - but in this case it's also about speed.



About forty-five minutes later (three light coats) - Primer done!



Looks OK!



Now let it sit overnight and let the paint cure so I can finally push on with a bit of (unavoidable really) - airbrushing.



I sprayed the length of the hull at the waterline with Vallejo white.



Yielding this. Let it sit a couple of hours to give it a chance for the paint to harden - don't be tricked by the fact that it's touch dry in minutes.



I then then cracked this open - Gundam masking tape.  It seems to me that many modellers look down their nose at Gundam, but I'll tell you a secret. I have a specialist Gundam shop not far from my place and there's a whole world of bang-up-to-date modelling gear that that makes some of the stuff we 'traditional' modellers use look very dated.  This Gundam tape is an example. O.7mm thick, sticky as anything and ever so slightly stretchy. Ideal!



On it goes. To be honest I was dreading this because I thought any masking tape would struggle with the compound curves of the submarine, especially running on to and along the top of the saddle tanks), but this stuff went on like a breeze.



I just stretched it out and set in the right place by eye. Having a few distinctive landmarks such as rivets and those little oval hatches made getting the tape laid out in the right spot and correctly symmetrical surprisingly easy.  Here I am burnishing the tape down with some cotton buds.



See - nice and straight.



Now here's something I read about years ago but have never actually done before.  Since I'm trying to mask off a white stripe,  make at least the first 'post masking' coat white also. The idea is that any paint that bleeds under the tape is likely to be from the first coat, so if there's any bleed-under it will be white-on-white and will not be visible.



Leaving this.



I'm guessing that another advantage is that the top layer of paint will help hold the tape exactly, firmly in place. In the past I've found that tape can stretch and wander slightly over time.

I don't think that this can happen here.


I'm definitely running short of time now but have two full days off this week, including ANZAC day, and don't have much on in the evenings. So with a bit of luck and a tail wind I should still be able to get this finished in time. But it's definitely a cliffhanger.


Best Regards,



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I love that Aizu tape.  I bought a selection of all the different widths. Great stuff - which reminds me I must be due to buy some more.


good luck with getting the he build finished in time.

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