|The engine room by gaslight...|
This weekend I had fun with a soldering iron. Kinda.
|Little flickery yellow LEDs. So glad I found these!|
This is an unusual thing in wargaming - even for an oddball eccentric such as Yours Truly, and I have to say that I have never really liked soldering. I'm not very good at it. Nevertheless, if Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile is to have nice flickery lanterns, it falls to me to make 'em work. Dunnit?
|Little plastic pegs and pieces of plastic board will soon become lanterns...|
|... See?! Told you! Now they await paint and some of that electric magical physics-type stuff!|
|The technical bit...|
The LEDs I am using actually flicker randomly and give a lovely candle/gaslight-like glow. I've wired them all in parallel to avoid Christmas Tree Syndrome (one blows and they all turn off) because once the model is done, I won't be able to replace them.
|An unpainted lantern is tested.|
In addition to making the lanterns, I placed LEDs behind the portholes in the bulkhead doors, and an extra one inside the furnace (tinted red for a darker glow). Between the core room and the engine room, I now have seventeen working LEDs. I hope to use at least a hundred in the completed vessel...
|Painted lantern, installed and working in a darkened room. I'm really happy with this effect!|
I've actually blown a few in the testing process (vitally important to use the correct resistor - thanks, Notorious Greg!) so I may have to order more. The plan is to have a light behind every single porthole (there will be many) along with lanterns all over the place. I may even add more to the engine room before it is completed.
|An LED is sprayed with matte varnish and dipped in red ink before being wired and mounted in a plastic tube...|
|...and inserted into the underside of the furnace.|
I have also been designing the Victorian-style glass dome and upper level of the engine room. The dome will be based on the work of Joseph Paxton, who built the Crystal Palace, amongst other things. Lots of iron, rivets and glass, in a nutshell... The dome will be removable, so making it nice and sturdy is going to be a challenge.
|A single solitary sailor stands vigil by the actual-size plan for the engine-room dome.|
|The dome, somewhat stylised. In this concept drawing, much of the lower wall is also glass. This will keep the engine and lighting visible.|
As you can see, this is not going to be a small piece. It will have to be constructed from a number of layers of plastic strip, rod and clear acetate, all painted and glued together in the right order. Making it strong and durable, and a perfect fit for the engine room may be tricky.
Any guesses at the rivet count for this bit?
|The last bit of handrail.|
|Handrail in place, looking cool under moody lighting!|
As for the Rivet Count this week, I've hardly added any! Each lantern has a paltry 2 rivets and I finished the last bit of handrail around the chain-drive, bringing me to a pathetic 24 for this week's total!
So: the total for the project so far is now 3,923
I know - not enough. I'll try harder next week! Promise!
|Engine room and core room, wired and powered.|
|The core room, looking somewhat sinister!|
|The chain-drive pit s lit from above.|
|The engine room may need more lanterns...|
I hope you're enjoying this project as much as I am. More very soon!
|Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe, looking rather dramatic!|
All the Best!