Return to the BUILD
In this issue, we attach the catwalks and base to the engine, and then further secure the port bow hull assembly.
Materials: While the Base for the Engine is metal, the other parts here are plastic.
- Giant of the Sea – Titanic‘s Engines
- A Date With Destiny – The Unknown Child
- Life on Board – A Dive in the Pool
- Step-by-Step Instructions
Engine Catwalk and Base
Retrieve your Engine assembly from the previous issue and fit the four pins on the bottom of the center Columns down into the matching holes of the Catwalk, as shown. The ladders of the Catwalk should be on either side of the Crankshaft Cog, as shown.
Be careful not to damage the two small ladders attached to this Catwalk:
Secure the Catwalk into place from below with four (4) EM screws.
This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Fit the six posts of the Catwalk down into the matching holes in the Base for the Engine, as shown:
The circular recessed end of the Base should be near the Crankshaft Cog, as shown.
This is where I noticed that the rear Stop Plate needed to be reversed from what was shown in the printed instructions. This recess in the Base is designed to fit the ‘bump’ in the Stop Plate around the Crankshaft Cog:
Being securing the Base into place with four (4) FM screws.
It is recommended to fit these screws (and the AP screws mentioned below) loosely at first, then tighten them all afterwards:
Finish securing the Base into place with six (6) AP screws:
On my model, as I rotated the Crankshaft I noticed a tiny bit of interference (rubbing) between the Crankshaft and Catwalk at this location marked below. I used a flat needle file to gently sand down the plastic of the Catwalk here until the Crankshaft was able to clear it:
Here is a progress picture of how our engine is looking so far. I love it!
Port Bow Hull
Retrieve your Port Bow Hull assembly from Issue 4 and remove the Name Plate.
I did not install this Name Plate back then, so I already had it removed. This is why I recommended not installing it the first time.
Fit the locating pin of the Hull Joining Plate into the matching hole (arrow below) along the top inner edge of the Port Bow Hull assembly and align the three screw holes, as shown:
From the outside, secure the Hull Joining Plate to the hull sections with three (3) BP screws:
Press the pins of the Name Plate back into position.
I am not sure if we are going to need to take this out again later, so I did not push it all the way in:
With the metal Base now attached to our engine, it is feeling even more impressive. I wonder how much more detail they will be bringing to it? The hull is coming along at a nice pace as well!
Issue 8 – Bow Support, Cleats, Winches, Winch Valves, Anchor Chain Guide, Forecastle Hull Port Top Strip