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Airfix 1/600 Mauretania; complete with added knobbles moan
Topic Started: Apr 17 2015, 04:32 PM (1,465 Views)
Walrus
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Must be a nice feeling to get home from the LHS with a nice looking kit, crack it open and start building.
Without having to phone Airfix only to find they have shut up shop for the weekend and will have to wait until Monday.
I want to speak to someone because there is little point Airfix sending me half a ship if the problem is the same on all parts due to mould damage. Which I assume is the cause of this:

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Sanding will remove the raised detail, which would need replacing.

Any other suggestions would be welcome. Atm am thinking that the microchisel and a lot of careful,tedious scraping may do something.
Probably make more of a mess! :lol:

The funnels show signs of being slightly short shot, but a bit of styrene strip will help there.

Even so the hospital ship variation will hopefully look sweet when finished, even without any aftermarket stuff.
Just don't expect a Fabulous Foxy marvelous maritime model! :mutt:
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AndyT
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Hi there, I agree with your sentiments completely.
Trying to make the best of it and think outside the box, could you make it look like blistered paint from a rust pocket below?
Just a thought
Have a good weekend
Cheers
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Mould damage almost certainly, so asking for a replacement is probably a waste of time. I would sand the areas that are clear of raised detail and chisel the rest. If you're seeking a little inspiration check out this build by Jim Baumann, which won Best in Show at Telford a few years ago IIRC.

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Its Tragic that this kit is so bad and this has been going on for along time on this kit.

I would only suggest you sand very carefully, and if some rivets do come off, then they can be replaced.

Like Andy, a sunken wreck springs to mind.

Not very helpful I am afraid and a replacement will be the same. :(

foxy :coolio:
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Walrus
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"Like Andy, a sunken wreck springs to mind."

I like Andy too, but wouldn't compare him to a sunken wreck.
A wreck, yes, but not a sunken wreck! :lol:


It was not too bad to deal with in the end, Though I still need to polish up after the scraping with a 10A Swass-Morton blade, and a wet & dry homemade sanding stick.
I lost part of a raised line where I lost concentration

Came across that page during a quick reference search, Paul.
One of those,"is it inspirational, or enough to make me give up completely" jobs! :lol:
Makes me want to do something in dazzle camouflage one day.
There was a Wadsworth exhibition in barnsley last year. He was a war artist during WW1 and afaik, the modernist painters were involved in developing dazzle patterns.

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Walrus
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One of the propellor shaft casing halves had come off the sprue.
It must have come off the sprue in the factory, was spotted by an eagle eyed QC worker and replaced.

With the wrong casing half. :slaphead:


Of course, I didn't find this out until I had taken the parts off the sprue.
and one of the pair was short shot
Going well so far! :lol:

Am considering scratch building some new ones if I can find some suitable styrene rod
The components have a triangular section that attaches the casing to the hull.
It is approximately 1/4" thick. Without going overboard about scale thickness (see what I did there) some thinner card should do the trick.


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Walrus
Apr 17 2015, 11:07 PM
I like Andy too, but wouldn't compare him to a sunken wreck.
A wreck, yes, but not a sunken wreck! :lol:
Interestingly I did deliberately sink on some wrecks (AKA Submarines)
Thankfully we did surface again - sometimes not where we expected ....
URL ------> Sub Surface
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foxy
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Me to Andy, must have been ok because were still here, 'or are we' :D .

Glad you got sorted Walrus :thumbsup: .

foxy :coolio:
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AndyT
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Hi Foxy - you might not have clicked the URL Sub Surface
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Walrus
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Sadly I have not only failed to sort things out but made them worse.
Have spilt some Humbrol Liquid poly on upper hull, and then got some CA + graphite powder on the hull.
This time i couldn't sand around the detailing and had to swipe it all off.

it has taken three attempts to get the first deck piece and the fo'c'sle on, leaving some really fiddly filling and sanding and loss of planking details to come
TBH this is typical of how it goes with me. I barely have the energy and cash to build models in the first place so I could really do without having to work so hard to clean up after my mistakes, because my concentration is poor

I feel like I have had enough with the hobby. Am on the verge of cutting my losses and call it a day.
It is just too exhausting.
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AndyT
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Put it down, have a rest and a good nights sleep - you will see things differently tomorrow.
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Walrus I know what you mean.

I to have had to stop on two other sites, not because of your tragic misfortune but for other reasons, PB being the main one.

So its only here that I have the means to show and help others in the sea faring models.

Don't give up all together, I do not intend to.

If you enjoy it, keep it going.

Looking at your other builds has inspired me to take an interest in WWI aircraft again , not sure if that helps you, but it helps me and will help others.

Keep it coming on the Mauretania.

Foxy :coolio: :yahoo:
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Sleep? Good idea Andy, just a case of waiting for it! :lol:

There's only one thing to do when you fall off your bike, so they say, and that is to jump straight back on your horse, change metaphors midstream and sand down. Possibly the 2:30 at Sandown. :crash:

Or am I flogging a dead horse? godzilla.gif

Hi Foxy, nope, doesn't help improve my skills or competence whatsoever Which is really what i need.
Is there some sort of potion available? :lol:

Actually something you said did inspire me but that is another story which I hoped to have been able to reveal already but will have to wait a tad longer.
I think that is what they call a teaser these days :lol:
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Walrus
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Just received an email from Airfix

To say they have dispatched part number 2.
Which is the defective hull
Even though I specified not requiring that part, just to let them know it was a POS

No mention of the prop shaft casing parts
Which I do need.

This wouldn't have happened if I could have actually talked to someone.
Odd how inefficient things become when you get rid of a service to presumably be more efficient.
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Very true indeed Walrus.

Lets hope the shaft prop comes too. :yeahbaby:

foxy :coolio:
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Walrus
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Cheers Foxy
Airfix got back in touch and said the parts I need are currently out of stock but at least that will mean they will arrive.

Have been cleaning up the "ear trumpets"
There are some that are solid. (Sub-assemblies 8 and 9)
Before gouging them out, are they something other than air vents?
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Enough of the negative time to accentuate the positive about this kit

:arid:


Well I'll just post some WIP pics instead then! :mutt:

Here is were I am at with a tricky bit of cleaning up to do fore and aft:
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The ear trumpets need some attention to centre the holes as said, but they could use some thinning anyway
(As could the whole model but not sure how i could feasibly do that. Not sure how thick the skin would be on the real thing! That would be some impressive armour! :lol: )

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And there's enough of them to keep me quiet for a while!
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She is a lot larger than I was expecting, and hopefully will be an impressive ornament when finished
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That's the spirit Walrus :thumbsup: .

Yep there air vents only to take down to other decks, mind you, you can holler down them if you wished.

The reason the ship looks so big is because you have a small working mat :D .

Nice to see Air Fix are getting the parts that you need.

:popcorn: :popcorn:

foxy :coolio:

Edited by foxy, Apr 22 2015, 06:07 PM.
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Walrus
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That is an A2 cutting mat, Foxy, the Mauentia is HUGE

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Just joking Walrus mate.

So hows the build going. :thumbsup:

foxy :coolio:
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