well, I wasn't quite done with the upperworks, I still needed ventilators,
some very nice ones are available from outfits like TVAG and Reviresco,
but being the stubborn type I made my own, a small wooden bowl and a peg are the starting place
the peg was wrapped in a strip of typing paper and the head cut flat on two opposite sides
before being glued to the back of the bowl
the larger ones got simple paper tubes, flattened at one end by clamping with a binder clip
and painted with wood glue to harden them
Elmer's is my go-to wood filler, I am sure there are others
but I know the properties of this brand and can work with it easily
a larger wooden bowl and the paper-tube base
the wood filler the joint
a bit of sanding and the ventilator looks pretty good
the big ones took a lot more filler to hide the joint
spreading the water-soluble filler with a wet brush saves a lot of sanding later on
the biggest advantage of making my own is that they are very much lighter than cast metal ones
more sanding/filling is clearly in order
the conning tower, a simple foam block clad in card, the window framing was done by cutting another bit of index card to size and then cutting the windows out with a razor-knife, the resulting framing is then glued to the card-covered block
I traced the window openings with a pencil to make them a bit clearer for this shot
covered in rivets!
rivety goodness all over the place, and I haven't even started on the hull!
a look at the model so far,
I only wish that I had the storage space to make them closer to a proper scale length
Now all I have to do is figure out the life-boats arrangements and grind through six gun turrets and a hull's worth of rivets.
As always comment/suggestions/jeers are more than welcome.