ISSUE 89

 Return to the BUILD


In this issue, we attach the third and final section of our Bridge Deck assembly.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Decking parts are wood veneer and the deck Section is plastic.

Magazine

  • Giant of the Sea – The Gilded Age of Cunard (Part II)
  • Edwardian Era – The French Grand Prix
  • Step-by-Step Instructions

Build


Third Section of the Bridge Deck

As usual, I airbrushed the interior floor surfaces of this Third Section of the Bridge Deck with the same black and chrome paint treatment I have used throughout my Titanic build. For the exposed exterior walls, I laid a coat of white paint over top to restore the original color along the inside surface of the walls. It is worth noting that I did paint over the ‘flooring’ design printed on this part as I will be upgrading it in this issue. If you are going to keep the stock printed flooring, I would mask off this area before any painting:

I did not paint these outer floor areas as the Decking will end up being placed in these locations:

As part of my Frosted Windows mod, I covered these windows on both sides with strips of sanded clear acrylic sheet:

There is a thin row of portholes/windows on both sides of the underside Bridge Deck assembly that also needed this frosted window treatment:

Step 1

Test fit the Decking (Port Side) in this matching port (left-side) recess of the Third Section of the Bridge Deck. When happy with the fitment, carefully remove the backing paper from the Decking. Then, slowly adhere it into place, aligning it to the matching shape of the Deck as shown.

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 my 3M 45 General Purpose Spray Adhesive:

Repeat this process to install the Decking (Starboard Side) in this matching right-side recess of the Third Section of the Bridge Deck:

Don’t worry about this empty area, the Decking for it will be supplied in the next issue:

With the Decking installed, I added my custom flooring around the staircase opening (see Issue 49 for details):

Step 2

Retrieve your main Bridge Deck assembly from Issue 84. Fit the six posts at the forward end of the Third Section of the Bridge Deck into the matching aft (rear) holes of the Second Section, as shown:

You may find this easier if you tilt the aft end of the Third Section down to get the posts started, then slowly pivot it up into place:

As you tilt the Third Section up, be sure to align these tabs of the Second Section inside the walls of the Third Section (on both sides), as shown:

When this entire Bridge Deck assembly is fitted together, note that is has a curve (sheer) to it – the forward and aft ends are higher up than the middle:

Gently flip this entire Bridge Deck assembly over and secure the Third Section into place with six (6) AP screws.

You may want to leave these screws slightly loose until we install the Joining Pieces in the next issue to ensure we keep the ‘sheer’ of these Sections intact. Ignore the Staircase seen here as I took this picture later on in the build:

As a final touch, I sealed the vertical gap between the sections (on both sides) with Black Tulip Fabric Paint and added the frosted window at the seam:

Thoughts


Our Bridge Deck is now at its full length, but we still need to add the small metal Joining Pieces in the next issue to stabilize this latest addition. Then, we will turn our attention to installing some interior walls and other details to this assembly.

Next Up


Issue 90 – Restaurant Starboard Bulkhead, LED Strip/Cable, Stern Staircase, Decking, Windows

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