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In this issue, we install windows into the First-Class Lounge and then attach it to our Promenade Deck.
Materials: The Windows are photo-etch metal while the other non-electrical parts are plastic.
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- Step-by-Step Instructions
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Turn your Promenade Deck assembly over. Clip the LED Strip into place at this location, matching the angled corners as shown:
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!
Issue 75 – Service and Corridor Superstructure, LED Strip/Cable, Windows