Tuesday, 27 October 2015
HMQS Gayundah Part 6
Granny Grating, Boat's Booms and some Paint.
Not the most complimentary of terms to denote this product, it is better known as plastic canvas. It is a plastic mesh used for embroidery projects and comes in a number of counts (i.e squares per inch) and colours and stiffness.
To make up the ship's gratings, I used a 10 count white mesh from a company called Darice.
It cuts really easily and once primed with a plastic specific primer such as Dymark or Rustoleum make, takes paint very well.
Above you can see the method I used to make up the gratings for the conning tower/wheelhouse and for two Wash Deck Lockers for the upperdeck.
A frame of the same thickness as the mesh, in this case .40 x .156 thou strip, was prepared to the required dimensions and then a subframe of 10 thou and 1 mm wider than the main frame was glued to the bottom. The plastic canvas was then dropped into the frame being attached with some superglue. It pays to work out the dimensions of the mesh and frame in conjunction so that you do not have a row of half squares or such on the finished product.
The completed conning tower/wheelhouse deck gratings and the two wash deck lockers.
Were made up from 6mm dowel. The Gooseneck fitting was made up from styrene shapes and rod as were the Boom Crutch, End Caps and Spider Band. The Gooseneck and Boom Crutch actually work.
A Coat of Paint (hides a multitude of tins)
I undercoated the ship with Dulux Quick Dry Metal Primer and once that had dried overnight, she was painted with British Paints Flat White all over. Tamiya Full Red was used for the boot topping trim and all of this was left for a week to harden. She was then masked off with what seemed like a mile of masking tape (the blue stuff) and then the Flat Black and the Deck Tan was applied. Any overspray was taken care off and a day or so later she was given a coat of Satin Varnish.
A view of Gayundah's stern. The ladders leading up to the Boat Deck were made up from Cafe Bar coffee stirrers. These seem to be a better quality than your stock craft sticks i.e. they are very uniform and have a rounded edge. They do have a waxy coating but this is easily sanded off. The treads were cut on the NWSL Chopper to ensure uniformity. Steel wire was used for the hand rails.
The Boat Deck.
Still to be added are the Funnel Vents and of course, the Guardrail Staunchions.
Other details will be the Compass Binnacle, Ship's Wheel, Voice Pipes etc.
Anchors, Cables and Slips still to be added.
In the next post I hope to deal with two things a Gunboat needs......A Gun and some boats.