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Work begins on the Forward Well Deck in this issue, including the two cargo hatches.
Materials: The Self-Adhesive Decking is thin wood veneer and the remaining parts are plastic.
- Giant of the Sea – In a Lifeboat Heading for Safety (1)
- A Date with Destiny – The Band On Board Titanic (3)
- 20th Century – A Romantic Tragedy
- Step-by-Step Instructions
The Forward Well Deck
In a similar way to the Forecastle decking from Issue 1, carefully remove the backing paper from the Decking.
This Decking is to be attached to the upper smooth side of the Forward Well Deck, as shown. Be gentle when handing the Decking – if it is bent too much, the wood may splinter or snap off between the planks. This picture shows the adhesive underside of the Decking:
Secure the Self-Adhesive Decking to the Forward Well Deck, aligning all of the holes.
As before, I sprayed the underside of the Decking with a light coat of 3M General Purpose 45 Spray Adhesive, then gently aligned the Decking in place and pressed it down flat, as shown. I used the side of a marker pen to ‘roll’ the Decking nice and flat:
Like with my Forecastle cargo hatch, I masked off the top of the two Hatches in this issue and painted the side (combing) with my Vallejo Model Air 71.054 Dark Grey Blue acrylic paint:
Fit the two posts of the Large Well-Deck Hatch into the matching holes at this location on the Well Deck.
It is easy to install this Hatch backwards. When fitted correctly, there should be about ¼” of decking in front of it (arrow below):
Secure this Large Well-Deck Hatch into place from below with two (2) CP screws:
Fit the two posts of the Smaller Well-Deck Hatch into the matching holes at this location on the Well Deck.
This Hatch can also be installed backwards. When fitted correctly, there should be an equal amount of decking between the hatches and the holes between them, as shown:
Secure this Smaller Well-Deck Hatch into place from below with two (2) more CP screws:
This issue was short and sweet, but our Forward Well Deck is starting to take shape. There are still many open holes in this Well Deck surface, so I am looking forward to adding a bunch of additional details soon!
Issue 13 – Keel Section, Steps, Air Vents, Fairlead Rollers, Bitts, Winches