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Old 03-11-2020, 10:20 AM
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First of the upper decks: Not too bad a fit, but some slight overhangs, especially in the secondary turret circular cut-outs. I cut a template disc with the Olfa circle cutter, and got it to be a perfect fit in the curve:



Then used the female part of the template to mark the underside of the deck, as a trimming guide:



Still fettling to do, but it’ll hopefully be a big improvement:





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Old 03-13-2020, 03:53 PM
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Front upper level deck fitted:



Rear upper level deck substructure needed some balsa bracing, but now ready for the deck:



The sloping ends of each deck that fit against the catapult trough still need some work...I think there may be some additional scored lines required.
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Old 03-15-2020, 10:43 AM
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Its coming along nicely. Great work.
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Old 03-15-2020, 02:59 PM
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As predicted, the catapult trough area has been tricky; it’s an odd combination of angled decks, that don’t seem to have enough score lines to define the surfaces accurately. Reference images show it as a kind of impossible blended form:





I ended up cutting the adjacent decks, adding additional score lines, and trimming everything to suit:





The end result - I guess must be sort of what the model designer intended:





I might try to neaten up the joints on the black areas - not my best work. The trough itself should have vertical sides, but they’ve ended up slopes. Not sure how, because any adjustment would mean the decks wouldn’t line up somewhere else. Luckily there’s a load of other stuff to fit in and around it:

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Old 03-15-2020, 03:00 PM
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Its coming along nicely. Great work.

Thanks! It's hard work...
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Old 03-20-2020, 06:18 AM
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Outstanding work!

I really like the quality of the pictures also!
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Old 03-24-2020, 01:26 PM
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You're handling of those tricky cuts look great. Well done.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:00 PM
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Thanks guys - all appreciated.
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:34 AM
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Fantastic work. The not vertical sides for the trough won't be noticeable without prior knowledge. Your fitting of the deck plates is excellent, I never even knew the structure on these two ships looked this way. hate to walk on that when wet.
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Old 03-27-2020, 10:29 AM
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Fantastic work. The not vertical sides for the trough won't be noticeable without prior knowledge. Your fitting of the deck plates is excellent, I never even knew the structure on these two ships looked this way. hate to walk on that when wet.

Thanks PF! Yes, I'm hoping that there will be enough distracting detail in and around the trough to make it less obvious. About 1/3 of the length is covered with removable panels, there is the catapult mechanism along its whole length, and some walkways and railings around the ends too.
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