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It is now manufactured in England by PSShips / Sirmar, and this hull is the first made here.
1. There will be a limited number made 20 hulls made and no more, after that the mold will be destroyed. The hulls are available now.
2. Brass Superstructures are available now.
3. A running set is available now.
4. Plans. (I still recommend Nick Fox in Australia. He has agreed to supply a set at 1:44 scale.)
5. Fittings will become available. Not available yet. These hulls are now in production.
Note: The mold marks that these are normal products of the manufacturing process, and they easily sand off.
Anchor and fairlead. These are available in brass. The anchors come in two sizes. The smaller for the stern. Hawsers to follow.
Frames in the rough
Port Holes Fitted
Shaft tubes in place with temporary jig to hold in place until bonded
Seeing how he will look with the top in place
Servos in position, showing the easy access
Buhler motors installed
Speed Controllers and Fuse panel installation
Hull Painted with Anti-Fouling. Boot Top is next.
A closer View, Bars going for and aft in a frame.
Shows new Sea Chests. On a recent trip to Dortmund I was lucky enough to see a few pictures of the real Sea Chests on some original photos..
Showing anodes on "A" Frames. These were made as separate anodes and coated with solder and then soldered to the "A" Frames. They will be left as they are and not painted.
Rudders in place. They have received the same treatment as far as the anodes are concerned.
The next coat of paint is the Boot Top and it goes from the Anti-Foul to the Masking Tape.
View from Stern showing all the Shiny bits.
Stern looking Forward.
The "working end".
Checking the model for ballast and trim
Completing all the levels in decking
Mock up of the photo etch
Generic planks are pre-caulked
King planks in place
My face plate sanded - used all day, every day! (Old Faithful...)
Plank caulking and trimming area
The pencil lines on the deck ensure that plank spacings stay in step
The webb gratings will lay on either side of the director and inside the observation area
This is what my workbench looks like when I am working
June 22, 2010 Update
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