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In this issue, we will secure two Winches to our Boat Deck, then begin working adding details to our engineering deckhouse.




Materials: The Windows and Grilles are metal, but the rest of these parts are plastic.


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  • Step-by-Step Instructions

Digital Instructions (click image to download)

Agora Models consolidated the printed build instructions for Pack 10 (Issues 51 – 56) into a single digital PDF file:


Deckhouse and Other Details

Again to help with the light-blocking, I masked off and painted the inner surfaces of the Deckhouse (as well as the insides of the Base of Third Funnel (53J) and Base of Fourth Funnel (56B) from later issues in this pack). First, I airbrushed on a coat of Vallejo Model Air 71.057 Black acrylic paint. Then, I covered that with a layer of Vallejo Model Air 71.064 Chrome Metallic to help spread the light around:

Then, as part of my Frosted Windows mod, I added strips of sanded plastic to the inside walls of the Deckhouse behind the window openings. The strip that faced the long rectangular vent opening needed two additional modifications. I cut small squares out of the plastic to make room for the short posts inside the roof, and then I hand-painted the area behind the vent opening with some more Vallejo Model Air 71.057 Black acrylic paint. I did not want any light coming out through the Grille we are going to install later on in this stage:

As before, I airbrushed the Winches with the same Vallejo Game Air 72.729 Sick Green acrylic paint. I then hand-painted the two windlasses (horizontal rollers) and the base of each Winch using Vallejo Model Air 71.054 Dark Grey Blue. I enjoy contrast and this is a nice mix of the two possible colors. Finally, I washed them (brushed on and wiped off) with Citadel Nuln Oil Black to darken down and ‘dirty’ them a bit:

Finally, as with my previous deck fans/vents, I hand-painted the inside of the Cowl openings with Vallejo Model Air 71.270 Off-White acrylic paint:

Step 1

Retrieve your Boat Deck assembly from the previous issue. Using super glue, secure the two Winches into the matching holes at these locations near the rear Skylight. These holes are different sizes so the part will only fit correctly one way.

On my model, I have only been press-fitting these details in place just in case more detailed version become available at a later time:

Step 2

Carefully cut Grille B (51H) from the white photoetch sprue.

These are the different Grilles found on this sprue. We want to use the long narrow Grille B here. As before, I used a #10 rounded blade in my hobby knife on a small cutting board to remove these parts. Any burrs left behind can be removed with sandpaper or a diamond file:

Test-fit, and then glue, Grille B into the matching opening of the Deckhouse. Note the pattern of the vertical ‘bars’ in this Grille (arrows below) to ensure it is installed correctly. The two that are closer together should be towards the left edge, as shown:

Step 3

Carefully cut seven (7) Small Windows (51E) from the brown photoetch sprue:

Glue four Small Windows into the matching openings on the aft and starboard sides of the Deckhouse, as shown.

Working on one window at a time, I applied a couple tiny drops of super glue onto the recessed ledge of a window opening. Then, I used fine-point tweezers to carefully place the window in the opening.

TIP: Picking the windows up by the glazing bar will likely make it easier to set each window in place:

Step 4

Glue the remaining three Small Windows into the matching openings on the forward side of the Deckhouse, as shown:

Glue the two pins of the Deckhouse Skylight into the matching holes on the Deckhouse roof, as shown.

I thought about cutting a square hole in the Deckhouse roof to allow some light to come up out of the Skylight. However, on the real ship, the shaft under the Skylight that would normally pass down into the front of the engine room was not brightly lit. Therefore, I chose to leave mine unlit. I did not use glue here in case I change my mind later on:

Step 5

Press the keyed pins of the two Cowls (51B) into these matching holes at the front of the Deckhouse roof, as shown.

If you find the fitment of these details loose, use a tiny drop of glue to secure them into place:

Step 6

Press the pins of the two Vents (51C) into these matching holes of the Deckhouse roof.

Make sure these are installed into the correct holes, as seen here from above:

Glue the keyed post of the Cowled Vent (51D) into this matching slot of the Deckhouse roof, making sure it is facing the correct way:


We will add a few more details to this Deckhouse before it is installed on the Boat Deck. I hope there are panels coming that attach to this Skylight to replicate the covers that could be opened or closed on the real ship. Keep this assembly (and the unused AP screws) stored for now as it will not be needed again in this pack.

Next Up

Issue 52 – LED Strip/Cable, Lifeboats/Tarpaulins, Cutter, Block Gear, Davit Arm/Base, Skylight

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