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Mikasa 1902 with Pontos 1/200th.
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 12:59 AM UTC

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have missed quite a bit of progress on my camping trip with the family: Great amount of progress Si



Thanks Russ,

She is coming on, must admit I am looking forward to getting the deck laid.

Cheers

Si
TimReynaga
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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 05:44 AM UTC
Wow, Si, with the application of some paint those etch details on the hull really start to pop!

Can't wait to see more.
JJ1973
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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 08:59 AM UTC
Wow Si, that looks great!!

Just as Russ, I've missed out on quite some progress, not only on that build of yours - but I'm catching up...

Great work, really impressive - and to see the difference between 'our standard' 1/350 and 1/200, quite different etch here...

Cheers,
Jan
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:02 PM UTC

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Wow, Si, with the application of some paint those etch details on the hull really start to pop!

Can't wait to see more.




Thanks Tim,

I will admit that I was a little concerned it would get lost under the dark finish.

Will be heading for the bench shortly, so you shouldn't have long to wait.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:13 PM UTC

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Wow Si, that looks great!!

Just as Russ, I've missed out on quite some progress, not only on that build of yours - but I'm catching up...

Great work, really impressive - and to see the difference between 'our standard' 1/350 and 1/200, quite different etch here...

Cheers,
Jan



Thank you Jan,

It is quite a different build, much more etch going on the hull sides, much less "structural" etch (although there will be some on the upper bridges).

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 04:51 AM UTC
Sunday's progress.

The wood deck parts, as supplied by Pontos.



The fore and aft bridge sections are quite easy to mix up, so I marked them for when I take them off the sprue.

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I will be using these parts to help me get the deck sections on straight.


The bow section in place.



The hawse holes in the kit seem a little small compared the deck, will wait until test fitting the anchor ways before making any decision about what rectification, if any, needs making.


Quarterdeck section in place.



Prior to fitting the centre section of the deck, the mounting plates for the 3" guns need putting in place. the strips were glued with extra thin gator glue, and a cocktail stick placed in each hole to keep them lined up whilst the glue dried.



All done.



The first part of the centre deck down,



Last bits in place, the deck is down.



More soon.

Cheers

Si
TimReynaga
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 07:08 AM UTC
Those wood decks look fantastic, particularly on larger scale models!
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 08:06 AM UTC

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Those wood decks look fantastic, particularly on larger scale models!



They do look the part Tim,

Very good fit too.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 02:16 PM UTC
Those wooden Decks sure make a difference Si. Very nice work.....Cheers mark
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 08:37 PM UTC
Always loved the colour schemes of these pre-dreadnoughts. Very eye catching
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 10:49 PM UTC

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Those wooden Decks sure make a difference Si. Very nice work.....Cheers mark



They do that Mark, certainly looks better than any paint job I could do.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 10:50 PM UTC

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Always loved the colour schemes of these pre-dreadnoughts. Very eye catching




You and me both mate.

It is always nice to have a change from grey.

Cheers

Si
GazzaS
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Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 06:28 PM UTC
That looks fantastic, Si!

I keep telling myself not to buy wooden decks... But your's really makes a difference.


Gaz
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Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 07:58 PM UTC

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That looks fantastic, Si!

I keep telling myself not to buy wooden decks... But your's really makes a difference.


Gaz



Thanks Gaz,

I rather have fallen to the dark side with wood decks, particularly in the larger scales. They do take a little preparation and planning, but I don't think I could achieve anything like the effect with paint.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 09:35 AM UTC
This week's progress,

The funnel casings and other centreline structures in the centrecastle.







Test fitted.



The coaling hatches, they have some nice etched details, rather paint the black, I went for dark grey with a heavy black wash.



All fitted.



A close up, that seems to have worked ok.



The replacement winches.



will take a comparison shot next time.

More after the weekend.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 01:32 PM UTC
Very nice work Si. Those Coaling Hatches really stand out.....Cheers mark
d6mst0
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 02:03 AM UTC
Si,

Agree nice work with those coaling hatches. Where you able to glue them to the deck or to the wooden deck? When I built my Dreadnought the wooden deck was to thick and the hatches looked recessed and not flush with the deck. I really wasn't happy with the look and had to raise them up. After that I started to paint my decks.

Mark
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 09:03 PM UTC
nice details and coaling hatches look like dark grey was the correct choice...
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 12:57 AM UTC

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Very nice work Si. Those Coaling Hatches really stand out.....Cheers mark



Thanks Mark,

The etched detail is so nice I thought it would be lost if I painted them black, I am quite pleased with the result, I think I will use the same technique on the anchor ways.


Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 12:58 AM UTC

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Si,

Agree nice work with those coaling hatches. Where you able to glue them to the deck or to the wooden deck? When I built my Dreadnought the wooden deck was to thick and the hatches looked recessed and not flush with the deck. I really wasn't happy with the look and had to raise them up. After that I started to paint my decks.

Mark



Hi Mark,

That sounds a real pain mate, these fortunately went on top of the wood deck.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 01:00 AM UTC

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nice details and coaling hatches look like dark grey was the correct choice...



Thanks Russ,

Was a bit of a gamble, just glad it worked, will be using it on the cable ways too, maybe some rusty wash on that as well as the black.

Cheers

Si
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 03:04 AM UTC
Si,

the wooden decks and the etch work look really cool!! Nice work on this one as well!!

Cheers,
Jan
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 07:07 AM UTC

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Si,

the wooden decks and the etch work look really cool!! Nice work on this one as well!!

Cheers,
Jan




Thanks Jan,

The deck was a great fit, and the etch is nice to work.


Appreciate you looking in mate.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 10:50 PM UTC
As promised, comparison between the kit and replacement winch.



No contest.

Next job, vent trunking.



I have numbered each one, on a side that doesn't show, to match the sub stages in the instructions.

everything test fitted in place.



Cable reels, replacements compared to the kit parts.



The upgrade set comes with replacement etched skylights, these are well thought out.

The basic box, with a mesh.



Sorry, different one, with the hatched fitted.



The plan is, once sprayed white, give grill a dark wash, and glaze with Krystal klear. Might even display one or two open.

Skylights and hatches test fitted in place.



The only very slight flaw / omission in the pontos set I have found to date, whilst rigging attachment points are supplied on the centrecastle gangways, none are supplied for the funnel casings, so some small sections of plastic strip have been shaped and fitted, fore funnel casing is the only section done so far.



Cheers

Si

TimReynaga
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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2019 - 01:51 AM UTC
Hi Si,

The Pontos replacement parts really make a difference. In every case they represent improvements over the kit parts - which themselves are usually not bad.

An exception is the cable reels; the kit parts look crude even for 1/350 much less 1/200. The etch replacements sort them out nicely, though!