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JohnWS

1/72 USN 80' Elco PT Boat with some mods

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Must be a thing with ship modelling people are just too critical of there own work I would never have noticed that hand rail 🔍

 

keep looking and it keeps getting better 👍🏻

 

beefy 

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7 hours ago, beefy66 said:

Must be a thing with ship modelling people are just too critical of there own work I would never have noticed that hand rail 🔍 ...

What, me too critical?   Yep, I think it's some kind of disease. :rofl:

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On 5/29/2018 at 1:32 AM, longshanks said:

Well shame on you  ....... :fight:

 

That aside the MG mounts are shaping up nicely

 

Kev

The best modelers are their own harshest critic. I am loving every bit of this build

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Posted (edited)

G'day!

 

An update on  building the Machine Gun Turret Travel Limiting Stop Rails.

 

I've made the Stop Rails using .6 mm dia. silver solder wire.  I like using the solder as it's extremely easy to cut & form.  Care has to taken when handling & gluing bits & pieces of the wire together since it bends so easily.  I tried using copper & brass wire & solder, but I can't seem to get good looking solder joints at this small scale.

 

I started forming the main rings for the rails using a socket (from a socket wrench set) wrapped in masking tape to get the correct diameter.  I decided to solder the wire ends together for added strength.  I don't know how many of you have tried to solder solder, but it's not for the faint-of-heart.  After many, many tries, I finally was able to get a good solder joint.  For some reason the solder wire wants to melt when you heat it ... go figure! :drunk:  I found the trick is to melt a little solder on the soldering iron, let it cool to just before it solidifies, & then touch the melted solder to the solder wire letting the melted solder weep into the joint.

 

Here's a photo showing one of the completed soldered rings. 

 

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Using photos, the rail details were formed and glued to the rings.  I found that roughing up the wire surface with fine sand paper before applying the CA glue seems to work the best.

 

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Once the rings were completed, legs were formed & glued in place.  The legs will need to be trimmed before attaching to the turret drums.

 

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Finally, The MG mounts were placed into the stop rail assemblies to ensure proper fit.

 

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Next up, I'll trim the rail legs to size & glue the rail assemblies to the turrets, before applying coat of primer.

 

Oh & by the way, Iife is good as I fixed the hand rail on the day cabin. :thumbsup:

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

John

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Rails are looking very neat  👍

 

beefy

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Really nice! I've done rails etc. with soldered copper wire. Hadn't thought of silver solder wire. Good one!

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G'day everyone!

 

Another short update.

 

I've added a 'canvas' spray shield to the aft MG turret stop rail using a piece of close weave material, and primed & painted both Mark 17 MG mounts & the stop rails.

 

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Also, I received the Eduard PE ammo belt set, ordered a couple of weeks ago (great customer service from Eduard).  In addition, I've been doing research on the .50 Cal. machine guns & their assembly in the Mark 17 mounts, to determine what detail would be visible in 1/72 scale.

 

As a result, I was able to scratch build the following parts for the MG assembly;

- added detail to the White Ensign machine guns (including relocating the molded bolt handles on two of the guns to the opposite side).

- two cradles, one for each pair of guns.

- four ammo belt feed guides (using wine bottle foil🍷).

- a couple of small parts that will attach the cradles to the gun mounts.

 

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Next up, gluing all these little parts together & adding the guns to the gun mounts.

 

Thanks for looking in.

 

John

 

 

 

 

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I thought I'd share a couple of photos of the assembled machine guns, before they're sent off to the paint shop.

 

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The Eduard PE ammo belts fit & will be a nice addition to the guns.

 

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Next up, painting the MG's & assembling them in the gun mounts.

 

John

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The 50 Cal,s look sweet. 👍🏻

 

beefy 

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