I seem to be falling into a pattern here. I decide to do a build blog and then get carried away with the actual build and forget about the blog.
My latest project which is nearing completion is a roughly 4mm/ft model of an imaginary fourth ship of the Castle class of paddle steamers that served the Humber crossing before some spoilsport went and build a damned big bridge there. This one is called Mouselow Castle after Mouselow Castle near Glossop, where I live. She's about 30" long with about 10" beam. Unlike the originals, this one has 2 motor/gearbox assemblies and independently operating paddles which should make control a bit easier, given the almost non-existent rudder.
Anyway, I'm waffling.
For the main part, the framework is 2mm ply and was drawn out on CAD then cut out using my new fangled laser cutter (I'm impressed). All other parts are either laser cut ply or styrene, again done on CAD then transferred to a Silhouette cutter.
Some might think that toys such as these take the fun out of model building but I don't. I think they're fascinating and the results speak for themselves. There's no way my ham fists and sausage fingers could achieve such results... consistently.
A major milestone was achieved this evening when I finally got the hull fully cladded. For some obscure reason I decided to do this with match sticks. It was a bit of a pain in the butt to do and it's taken nearly two weeks to complete but after a bit of sanding and shaping I think it looks the part. A quick run over with some P38 filler and a smooth down and it should be ready for priming tomorrow morning.
In the meantime, this is the state of play with the rest of the ship.
All the electronickery bits are ready assembled in removeable modules, the motor and gearbox/shaft assemblies are in place and the rudder and steering servo have been fitted.
The rest of it is simply aesthetic mucking around on my part.
From a practical point of view, something I tend to forget about normally, the rear section of the upper deck (where the bridge and lifeboats are) is completely removeable and held in place by 4 small neowotnot magnets. Once this section is removed everything inside - battery, controller, radio, motors, fuse board and main on/off switch - is fully accessible and serviceable. Clever eh?
Given that these ships plied the Humber estuary from 1934 to 1974, I've had a multitude of liveries to choose from but I'm going with British Rail blue for this one. I think it looks pretty and black can be a bit boring.
Thanks for looking