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In this issue, we begin construction of the promenade deck which will sit beneath the boat deck.
Materials: The Decking is wood veneer and the Forward Section is plastic.
- A Date with Destiny – The Courageous Countess of Rothes
- 20th Century – The Tour de France
- Step-by-Step Instructions
As before, I prepared the interior areas of this Forward Section of Promenade Deck for light blocking. First, I masked off the sections (on the top and the bottom) that will be interior areas. Then, as usual, I airbrushed a coat of Vallejo Model Air 71.057 Black acrylic paint onto it. This was followed by a coat of Vallejo Model Air 71.064 Chrome Metallic to help spread the light around:
I needed to pay special attention to these sets of holes on the bottom of this Deck. These are where bulkheads will go on both sides:
Once the paint dried and the masking was removed, we are left with this on the top and bottom:
Test fit the Decking pieces to the Forward Section of Promenade Deck, as shown:
When happy with the fitment, carefully remove the backing paper from the Forward Decking. Then, slowly adhere it into place aligning the two Decking notches to these Deck slots (circled below).
Be very gentle with this Decking as it is fragile and can easily snap apart. As with all of my Decking, these pieces were sprayed (on the exposed sticky side) with 3M 45 General Purpose Spray Adhesive:
In the same way, test fit and secure the Starboard Decking to the right side of the Forward Section of Promenade Deck. Make sure to align the notches and holes in this Decking to the matching Deck details:
Finally, test fit and secure the Port Decking to the left side of the Forward Section of Promenade Deck. Again, make sure to align the notches and holes in this Decking to the matching Deck details:
After my Decking was installed, I had a slight gap between the Port and Forward Decking. I masked off the gap and painted it with Vallejo Model Air 71.032 Golden Brown acrylic paint to hide the white plastic below:
While I was at it, I filled in the edges of the three bulkhead holes on each side with the same paint. This will help keep the white plastic from showing underneath the pins of the bulkhead parts. I should have done this in every deck hole we have seen so far!
Only a few pieces of Decking to apply and our Promenade deck is now underway!
Issue 68 – Forward Bulkhead for Promenade Deck, Cross Support, Connectors