ISSUE 90

 Return to the BUILD


In this issue, we install an internal bulkhead, windows, decking, staircase, and some additional lighting to our Bridge Deck.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Decking parts are wood veneer, the Windows and Joining Pieces are metal, and the other non-electrical parts are plastic.

Magazine

  • A Date with Destiny – Edith Louise Rosenbaum and the Ominous Premonition
  • Step-by-Step Instructions

Build


Details for the Bridge Deck

As before, to help with light blocking, I airbrushed the inner wall surfaces of these two Restaurant Bulkheads (this one and the one from the next issue) with a coat of Vallejo Model Air 71.057 Black and then Vallejo Model Air 71.064 Chrome Metallic acrylic paints:

And for the Stern Staircase, I painted it in the same way as the first one back in Issue 48:

Step 1

Retrieve your Bridge Deck assembly from the previous issue. In the same way we have done before, press the tabs on the ends of a Joining Piece down into the matching slots in the upper walls between the Second Section and Third Section:

I found that securing these Joining Pieces in place with a bit of super glue on each end is definitely helpful:

In the same way on the opposite side, secure the second Joining Piece down into the matching slots.

If you left the six AP screws for the Third Section of the Bridge Deck loosened in the previous issue, they can be fully secured after this Piece is fitted:

Step 2

Gently flip your Bridge Deck assembly over and fit the holes of the Stern Staircase to the matching posts at this location on the Third Section of the Bridge Deck.

Make sure the two rear holes are fully seated on the locating pins (arrows below):

Secure this Staircase to the Deck with two (2) AP screws:

On my model, this is what the painted Stern Staircase with the custom flooring area looks like:

Step 3

Test fit the Decking into the matching recess on the starboard (right) side 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:

In the same way, secure the Decking (Small Panel) into this matching gap at the rear of the Third Section of the Bridge Deck:

Step 4

Carefully cut all of the Windows from the photo-etch sheet:

Glue these Windows into the matching-shaped recesses along the exterior walls of the Restaurant Bulkhead, 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. I highly recommend using this Vallejo T12005 Pick & Place Tool – it makes short work of installing these windows.

If desired, we can gently bend the center Window A to better match the curved wall shape:

Fun Fact: The Windows B (Small Rectangles) at the aft end of this Bulkhead are for the 2nd Class Smoking Room, the Windows A (Large Rectangles) are between the Café Parisien and the Restaurant, and Windows C (Arched) are for the corridor between these eateries and the Reception Room:

Step 5

Fit the keyed holes of the four Connectors to the matching posts at these locations inside the Restaurant Bulkhead:

After making sure these Connectors are straight, secure them to the Bulkhead with four (4) AP screws – one for each:

As part of my Frosted Windows mod, I added two strips of sanded acrylic sheet to the inside walls of the Restaurant Bulkhead behind the Window B openings. This is the only section of the Bulkhead that is exposed to my ship exterior and I wanted to wait to install these ‘windows’ until after the Connectors were attached so the strips would fit around them correctly:

Step 6

Fit the Connectors of the Restaurant Bulkhead over the matching posts at this starboard location on the Third Section of the Bridge Deck.

Make sure the four tabs along the bottom of this Bulkhead also fit down into a matching slots of the Bridge Deck:

Secure the Connectors to the Deck with four (4) AP screws:

Step 7

On the underside of the Bridge Deck, clip the LED Strip into the matching recess aligning the corner notches together.

The location for this LED Strip is just forward of the Stern Staircase, as shown:

Thoughts


Keen Titanic fans out there might notice that there is a wall missing from this Restaurant Bulkhead. The Café Parisien (a 1st Class area) had a wall that separated it from the 2nd Class Promenade (which wrapped around the aft section of this deck). We are going to fix this oversight when we install the opposite Bulkhead in the next issue.

Next Up


Issue 91 – Restaurant Port Bulkhead, Second-Class Smoking Room Aft Bulkhead, LED Strip/Cable, Windows, Vents

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