Successful Ending!

Well here we are after a long 5 months of work which equates to just under 500 hours build time for this impressive model, and one we are very pleased with! Here she is mounted on the plinth ready to go into the final display case.

Upper Deck Test Fitting

Today sees another 12 hours work but the progress is getting more noticeable with every hours that passes, this time its work on the upper deck.  All the main structures have been printed and painted, this includes the revolving hoods for the funnels, ladder ways and skylights and the...

3D Printed Conning Tower

After spending a few evenings looking at the plans I managed to draw up a good representation of the conning tower.  The three main structures were then 3D printed using a new blend of resin from FunToDo as I needed fine detail and at the same time minimal shrinkage...

Front Deck Fittings

Whilst waiting for the three sections that make up the conning tower to finish printing, I moved onto the fittings of the forward deck. I first started to layout the 3D printed fittings before gluing them into the correct places, then started to add the brass haul anchors.  I...

3D Printing Starts

Today is a little more relaxing as I started test printing some of the 3D parts, mainly the main gun turrets and barrels along with all the fittings for the the rear deck.  After some parts needing minor modification I can see we are getting closer to highly detailed...

Portholes are finished!

Today sees the completion of around 100 portholes being fixed to the hull, which took over 20 hours as every one had an individual eyebrow.  In addition some of the portholes needed grills or bars to be added, as these were in areas that needed protection such as the...

Decking – Test Fitting

Today was a rather slow day as it took most of the day to create all the decking sections from the 4 sheets of wood veneer, both for accuracy and to ensure we are able to do all the deck with this material. Now all four sets of decking...

Structure Update

Today was another long day of about 10 hours and whilst not a lot seems to show for the work I have managed to complete the filling and sanding of the plastic where it meets the hull.  This extra time spent allows me to get a good blend, and...

Deck Structure Starts

Its been a long day working on the making of templates for the wooden decking and test fitting it before we even think of marking it up, due to the fact it took three days of research to find the last 4 packs in the UK. Once the templates...