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Chimney and Replacement Wheelhouse

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Ian Morgan

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As I said previously, I wanted to replace the wheelhouse supplied in the kit, which is a solid resin block, with a new structure with interior detail. I started with some transparent plastic sheet to form the walls, and a piece of plasticard for the roof.

 

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Some thin, scribed plasticard was then glued on to finish the lower walling, and strips of plastic framed the windows (and hid the ugly joints in the clear plastic.

 

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A piece of plasticard, shaped to form the floor, was glued to the top of the engine room for the new wheelhouse to locate onto. It is a nice tight fit, so the wheelhouse is not currently glued down, but can be easily removed.

 

Some interior detail was then added. A brass wagon brake wheel fitted to some plastic offcuts forms the ship's wheel. A piece of brass tube, filed to round off the end and with some canopy glue in the hole to form a window, represents the ship's compass. Finally, a small table for the charts was fabricated from more plastic sheet. The captain is a ModelU bus conductor, suitably painted with Arun jumper and turned down wellies.

 

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It was at this time I noticed the ladder rungs on the boiler room walls in various photos. It would have been easier to add them before gluing it to the hull, but I managed to drill the holes and insert 0.5mm brass rod for them.

 

The chimney/funnel/smoke stack moulding included the pipework for the whistle, and what I presume is the safety valve. The top of the chimney is quite shallow, so I deepened the hole using a succession of drill sizes carefully twisting them with my fingers. I went down as far as I dared, and the end result seems OK. The whistle was some brass tube, with the bore increased by drilling, and the aperture created with a triangular file. A piece of wire formed the operating arm. If I glue the wheelhouse in place, I may add a human hair to link them.

 

Chimney stays are 0.3mm nickel-silver rod. Again, I had hoped to find some replacement ventilator snorkels, but could not find any small enough. I set about improving the supplied resin ones using successively larger drills twisted in my fingers, and eventually achieved an acceptable result.

 

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Next will be the mast, derrick and knitting rigging.

 

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Nice work, Ian.

 

BTW, a "chimney" in nautical terms is a "funnel".

 

David

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