October 21, 2015 at 5:26 am #17289
This stage is much the same as the first couple of sections of Stage 19, where you first added details to and then spray painted the port outer plating recess. The recess you work on this time – the starboard hull recess – is similar in size and shape, albeit a mirror image of the shape of the one in Stage 19, but the details you add to it are different. If you want to spray paint the recess after you’ve added the details, the techniques you use are the same as the ones used in Stage 19.
Starboard hull recess supplied with Issue 42
Sprue holding details for recess supplied with Issue 42
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 42 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
Side cutters or similar
Needle file or fine sanding pads or sticks
Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
Matt black acrylic modelling spray paint
Matt mid-grey acrylic modelling spray paint
Matt light grey acrylic modelling spray paint
Detailing the recess
Remember that as with Stage 19, it’s important to follow the order specified for fitting the details to the recess as some fit on top of others and the ones below have to be put on first. And a test fit of each detail before you stick it down will help you anticipate any problems.
Part (1) can be a tight fit so gently but firmly push it in all the way when you do a test fit. It fits from the outside of the recess and when fully home, its back should be level with the outside of the recess. Look for the areas that will be covered up and apply a drop of glue to them before inserting and holding the part in place while the bond forms.
Some of the details are delicate –especially (2), (7) and (8) – so take extreme care when cutting them from the sprue and be careful when trimming off any excess plastic or moulding flash. When you fit part (2), the arch in the pipe should be closer to the centre of the recess and the bump should be facing the interior of the recess. Make sure you gently press down the ends of the pipe into the holes (into which you have put a drop of glue).
Fixing (3) should be straightforward.
The pins on the underneath of (4) are of different sizes and the detail will only fit one way round.
Trim off any excess plastic from (5) with care. You will probably need tweezers to get it into the right position.
Part (6) should be cut off the sprue with great care and will need extreme gentleness when tidying it up. It should be an easy fit into its slot, however.
There are four pins on the underside of part (7) so take care that you get them into their correct holes when gluing.
Part (8) is a long, thin delicate bit of piping, so cut it and trim it carefully before you test fit then glue it down.
Painting the recess
There is not much new to say regarding the spray painting of the recess. If you chose to paint the port recess in Stage 19, then all the same instructions apply to the starboard recess you are working on this time. For instance, you could again put the recess into an old cardboard box to catch the overspray. If you don’t, cover any areas near where you are spraying with plastic sheeting or similar so that your model does not get spattered. As before use acrylic matt finish spray paints for modelling (you probably have some left over from Stage 19) and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using them. And remember that less is more. You can always add more paint with another coat if you not put enough on. But if you spray too much – especially of the black – you might have the paint pool or run on the details and spoil the look.
Tidy up and store
Put any unused parts away safely for use later. Put the recess with your collection of assembled subcomponents.
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