ISSUE 74

 Return to the BUILD


In this issue, we install windows into the First-Class Lounge and then attach it to our Promenade Deck.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Windows are photo-etch metal while the other non-electrical parts are plastic.

Magazine

  • Giant of the Sea – Teutonic: Luxury Cruiser
  • Step-by-Step Instructions

Build


First-Class Lounge

As before, to help with light blocking, I masked off the exterior walls of this First-Class Lounge and airbrushed the interior with a coat of Vallejo Model Air 71.057 Black and Vallejo Model Air 71.064 Chrome Metallic acrylic paints:

Continuing with my Frosted Windows mod, I glued sanded strips of acrylic sheet to the insides of the window openings. For the curved windows of the First-Class Reading Room, I used a thinner piece of plastic from leftover blister packaging:

Step 1

Carefully cut ten (10) Small Windows E from the photo-etch sheet. Glue these Windows into the matching openings along the port-side (left) walls of the First Class Lounge.

TIP: Take care not to lose any of these Windows as we will use every one of them!

Working on one window at a time, I applied a couple tiny drops of super glue onto the recessed ledge of a window opening. I highly recommend using a tool such as the Vallejo T12005 Pick & Place Tool – it makes short work of installing these windows. Make sure the horizontal bar (mullion) of these Small Windows E are closer to the top of the wall, as shown:

Step 2

Carefully cut ten (10) more Small Windows E from the photo-etch sheet. Glue these Small Windows into the same openings along the starboard-side (right) walls of the First Class Lounge, as shown:

Step 3

Carefully cut the Large Window B (74F with the smaller holes) from the photo-etch sheet:

Glue this Window B into the matching opening near the curved windows on the port (left) side, as shown.

Note the orientation of this Large Window B as it can be accidentally installed incorrectly:

Carefully cut the Large Window A (74E with the larger holes) from the photo-etch sheet:

Gently bend the Large Window A so it fits evenly inside this matching curved opening of the First Class Reading Room on the left-side, as shown. When happy with the fit, glue it into place.

Note the orientation of this Large Window A as it can be accidentally installed incorrectly:

Step 4

Carefully cut the two Large Windows C (74G) from the photo-etch sheet:

Glue these Windows into the matching openings fore and aft of the Large Window A, as shown:

Step 5

Carefully cut the eight (8) arched Small Windows D from the photo-etch sheet. Glue these Small Windows into the matching openings along the forward right side of the First-Class Lounge, as shown:

Step 6

Retrieve your Promenade Deck assembly from the previous issue. Fit the First-Class Lounge to this matching area in the middle of the Deck, aligning the mounting lugs over the posts as shown:

Ensure these tabs along the walls of this First-Class Lounge fit into the matching slots of the Deck, as shown:

Secure the Lounge into place with twelve (12) AP screws:

Step 7

Glue the three pins of the Support Structure into the matching holes in the Deck at this right-side location, orienting it as shown.

As this Support Structure is delicate and could be damaged as we continue work on the Promenade Deck, I did not install this part on my model just yet. Also, since these were pillars on the real ship with no bottom ‘rail’, I will modify this part before it is actually installed. These pictures are for reference if you choose to install it now:

Step 8

Turn your Promenade Deck assembly over. Clip the LED Strip into place at this location, matching the angled corners as shown:

Thoughts


With the end of Pack 13, we have assembled nearly the entire Promenade Deck. It is surprising how fast these lower decks can be built up!

Next Up


Issue 75 – Service and Corridor Superstructure, LED Strip/Cable, Windows

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