there she sits, ready for rivets
the sponsons are just half circles of foam with a card cover
I added "steel" plates to reinforce the deck where the guns will be mounted,
but mostly to hide the joint between the sponson and the hull
to warm up I built the armored conning tower and riveted it
just for fun I added a door to the back,
probably never see it as the flying bridge and funnels will hide it pretty well
the supports for the flying bridge were added
using the high-tech "jam it throught the deck" technique
the flying bridge was made to cover the forward beam guns,
I traced the same cap I used for the sponsons and then glued the template to a bit of balsa
after that dried I cut a 7/8" x 14" strip of poster board for the railing
and glued it around the wooden base
she is starting to look like a warship at last
the port-hole cutter was use to sink the pivot holes for the main guns
with the guns in place she is starting look dangerous
but the REAL purpose of this ship is to sink the enemy's big stuff with torpedoes
the previously built tubes were mounted on my ":universal base"
which were then equipped with a pin to attach it to the deck
that will send shivers up the spine of the armored cruiser's Captain
one last look before the hard work of rivets
I ruled out a sheet of index card in 1/4" strips and then cut them out
these will form the basis of the joining plates on the hull
they were added to break up large blank surfaces,
and cover the joints between sheets of card
the source of my rivets, T-Shirt paint,
I got mine at Michael's Arts & Crafts store
always warm up a bit first
then off to the rivets!
more rivets, no real science to where I put them,
I just try to add them where I think they would be holding things together
then it was back to the "Funnel Issue"
two really big ones?
two not-so-really-big ones?
one freaking huge one?