ISSUE 91

 Return to the BUILD


In this issue, we install two more bulkheads, windows, vents, and lighting to our Bridge Deck assembly.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Windows are metal, but the other non-electrical parts are plastic in this issue.

Magazine

  • Giant of the Sea – The White Star Line’s ‘Big Four’
  • Step-by-Step Instructions

Build


Bulkheads for the Bridge Deck

In the previous issue, I painted the inner walls of the two restaurant Bulkheads to block any light bleeding through the plastic. I applied the same paint treatment to the Bulkhead for the Aft of the Second-Class Smoking Room included with this issue.

As part of my Frosted Windows mod, I also added the small strips of clear sanded acrylic sheet to the windows of the aft Bulkhead here as well:

And as I have been doing all along, I hand painted the inside of each of these Vent cowls with Vallejo Model Air 71.270 Off-White acrylic paint:

Step 1

Carefully cut six of the Windows from the photo-etch sheet. Glue these Windows into the matching openings along this section of the Bulkhead for the Port Side of the Restaurant, as shown.

Fun Fact: These Windows are for the port side of the 2nd Class Smoking Room.

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:

Step 2

Fit the keyed holes of three (3) Connectors to the matching posts along the inside walls of this Bulkhead. After making sure these Connectors are straight, secure them to the Bulkhead with three (3) AP screws – one for each as shown:

As part of my Frosted Windows mod, I added two strips of sanded acrylic sheet to the inside walls of this Bulkhead behind the Window openings. I wanted to wait to install these ‘windows’ until after the Connectors were attached so the strips would fit around them correctly:

Step 3

Retrieve your Bridge Deck assembly from the previous issue. Fit the Connectors of this Bulkhead over the matching posts at this port location on the Third Section of the Bridge Deck, as shown.

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

Secure these Connectors to the Deck with three (3) AP screws:

Step 4

Carefully cut the remaining four Windows from the photo-etch sheet. Glue these Windows into the matching openings of the Bulkhead for the Aft of the Second-Class Smoking Room, as shown:

Step 5

Fit the keyed holes of remaining four (4) Connectors to the matching posts along the inside walls of this Bulkhead. After making sure these Connectors are straight, secure them to the Bulkhead with four (4) AP screws – one for each as shown:

Step 6

Place the Connectors of this Bulkhead over the matching posts at this aft location on the Third Section of the Bridge Deck, fitting the center tab (circled below) into the matching Decking slot as shown.

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

While not shown here, I did seal the gaps between the ends of this aft Bulkhead and the side Bulkheads with Black Tulip Fabric Paint to prevent any light from escaping:

As I mentioned at the end of the previous issue, there are two walls missing from these Restaurant Bulkheads. On the port side (in this issue), it was the aft wall of the Restaurant. On the starboard, it was the aft wall of the Café Parisien. To add them, I cut some 1mm white styrene sheet down to size.

I carefully glued my port side wall into this location, centered between curved opening of the exterior ship wall and the weird ‘door’-like opening in the Bulkhead for the Port Side of the Restaurant:

These walls were in the exact same place on both sides of the real ship, so my starboard wall was added in the matching spot on the other side:

Adding these walls also keeps us from having to block these weird ‘door’-like openings in these Bulkheads. These openings will now serve to help illuminate the frosted windows we installed inside on the exterior ship walls of these enclosed areas:

This is what the stern of our Bridge ‘B’ Deck looks like now:

Step 7

Super glue the keyed posts of the two Vents into these matching holes at the rear of the Bridge Deck, as shown.

On my model, I have only been press-fitting these details in place just in case more detailed version become available at a later time:

Step 8

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

The location for this LED Strip is just to the aft (rear) of the Stern Staircase, as shown:

Thoughts


Ah, the rear of our Bridge Deck is now complete although with a few corrections! Keep the unused LED Cable nearby as we will need it in the next issue.

Next Up


Issue 92 – Shelter Deck Bulkhead, LED Strip/Cable, Grilles

3 thoughts on “ISSUE 91”

  1. Hi, Now that you have all 3 deck sections attached/complete…any new thoughts on the curve when you set it on the metal hull? I’m pretty stressed about the gap that there will appear to be. Thank you as always!

    1. I’ve thought about it, but not going to worry until it we reach that point. I have seen others with the decks installed and it looks normal.

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