Step 57 : Tower Detailing
Time to complete : 6 hours.
Total Time to date : 340 hours.
The tower detailing included the removal of the flood hole masking as well as adding the rivets. Again, for those interested, there are approx 500 rivets on the tower for a total of about, give or take, 6500 rivets on this boat. Time to move on from rivet counting. I made VERY good use of that simple little rivet punch and will add that thing to my inventory of tools. Making it out of steel proved very beneficial as this punch did not require any "tuning up" as a result of being hit too hard like the brass punches did. As part of the tower detailing, some access doors were included, simply made out of 3 layers of masking tape cut to square with rivets added to these "doors" as well as 1/16 mask hinges. Very simple but a nice detail to add to the tower. To round out the tower, reference points were added to the tower that will indicate where to drill out the holes for the grab iron steps. These reference points are made from the same size round tape as a rivet and should not be mistaken as such. When looking close at the tower, it's easy to see that these "rivets" are in fact where the grabs go and should not be confusing come time for assembly. To the upper tower enclosure, the openings for the two antanae were added for reference when it comes time to cut these openings out of the casted resin parts. It should be noted that the gap between the tower and the main tower enclosure will be filled as part of the assembly of the model. These two pieces are separate for better casting of the parts.
Step 58 : Hull appendage references
Time to complete : 1 hour.
Total time to date : 341 hours.
In order to make the assembly process of model as simple as possible, I included reference points on the hull where the appendages will go. Careful measurements were made using the master appendage with the footprint of these parts traced onto 3 layers of masking tape. The mask was then cut out and placed on the plug. Simple in theory, but complicated to get the placement of these reference points just right. In assembly of the model, it will likely be required to adjust the appendages accordingly, but the reference points will assist by taking all that precise measuring away from the assembly process.
Step 59 : Final Primer Coat
Time to complete : 2 hours.
Total time to date : 343 hours.
With all the work completed on the plug and masters, I wanted to "seal" everything, including all the rivet details, by adding several coats of primer to everything. I applied 10 coats of primer to the plug and tower master which provided the result I was looking for. The primer was not so thick that it filled in the recessed flood hold details, these details still being clearly visible. The primer coats did a nice job of filling in all the teeny tiny sanding scratches, miniscule flaws, as well as giving the rivet detailing a little better look. The coats were applied very thin so as to not distort the detail to the hull. Each coat was given 30 minutes to dry, which ensured a nice application with no risk of runs.
A small celebration being in order. 5 months to the day and 343 hours of labour later, I have all the masters completed. I could have shaved a month off of the build time given how little time I have been able to put into the sub in the last few weeks, but none the less, I feel this is a true indicator of the time investment required for such a projecct. In all, I'm very pleased with the results to date.
With the masters completed, I am going to be moving on to actually casting the parts using these masters. New chapter coming up.
"I don't have anything else planned for this afternoon." - Lt. Col J.O.E. Vandeleur
A Bridge Too Far (1977)