Thursday 9 February 2012

Renovating an old model....Part 3

HMS Majestic sporting her new bridge

This post should really be called 'Making a Silk Purse from a Sow's Ear' because that is pretty much what I have done! If you recall I discarded the entire bridge assembly from the Majestic as it was a badly cast lump. In fact, it looked as though one half was upside down when viewed from ahead. My plan was to make use of some Milliput to fashion a replacement and so this was duly acquired from Modelzone earlier today.

HMS Anyone-of-the-classes-following-the-Majestic-and-not-to-mention-the-Japanese Mikasa, merely by swiveling the funnels

I don't know why but I started to take another look at the offending bridge; mainly to see how the new one should look - and so I took a file to it to get a clearer view of the layout. You can probably guess the rest - after some judicious application of a file or two, blow me if the bridge miraculously turned into that which is was supposed to be! I am really pleased by this and I guess that the moral is just because something looks grim doesn't necessarily mean it is!

This now means that the models I have are ready for phase two of the plan - the moulding and casting.

To use a certain sporting/urban expression - 'Bring it on!'


El Grego said...

Looking good!

Bluebear Jeff said...

Progressing quite well, sir.

-- Jeff

David Crook said...

Hi EG,

Given the very basic nature of the casting it was a relatively straightforward fix - I was just surprised that it worked coming from such an unpromising start!

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Jeff,

I reckon one final session with a file and she will be complete - I just need a minor additional trim around the funnels and I'm done!

All I need to think about then is the moulding and casting but fortunately that is out of my hands!

All the best,


Corporal_Trim said...

Cleanly done. Nice work, David.


David Crook said...

Hi Steve,

I honestly thought it was going to be a nightmare to tackle but she turned out quite well. All I need to do is to fix the bridge and she is completely ready but since at the moment I have no ETA as to when I can ship the models for casting (and yes, frustration is beginning to creep in!)there is no immediate hurry.

All the best,