|The port-side mid-deck is completed!|
Over the last two weeks I have been slogging away at the port-side mid-deck galleries of the engine room section of Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile. And what a slog it has been!
|As with the starboard side, the entire support structure is cut out, to be replaced.|
As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to try building this part as a single piece, in order to keep things looking consistent, straight, coherent and so on... What I hadn't accounted for was the massive amount of work this would entail.
|The for'ard section is design with an arch to echo the bulkhead-buttresses of the main deck.|
|Checking the construction against the model,|
Somehow during the last two weeks, I have been unable to find it in me to embark upon another fouteen hour stint of rivetting, soldering, painting and muttering to myself, hence the lack of a progress report until now.
I think I may return to a schedule of bite-sized pieces!
|A blank ceiling is cut to act as a guide when aligning the mid-deck to the deck above. A ladder will descend from above, all the way to the lower deck.|
Anyway, somewhat later than I had hoped, I have now completed this stage of the model, and more significantly, I have almost finished the engine section. I will soon be moving on to the mansion!
|The shaft starts to take shape.|
When I designed this section I wanted to keep it similar to the starboard side, but to add a couple of new elements. There were also game-play considerations such as access to all areas from the main deck. I thought it might be nice to see light coming up from below through a shaft with a ladder, so I set myself the task of dropping a ladder from the top deck all the way down, with visible floorboards and a hidden light source at the bottom. Another ladder will eventually link to the rear area from above.
|A large array of pieces had to be constructed, detailed and riveted before piecing together the whole 'kit'.|
|The rear port mid-deck gallery, ready for assembly.|
It was very handy to work with a lot of pieces at once, in that I could constantly check that everything was going to fit properly, but it was a lot of work! When it came to the rivetting stage, I really had to push myself to keep going!
|The for'ard section, pre-rivetting...|
|...and after painting. Ceiling, hand rails, lamp post and ladder have yet to be added.|
Then there were the lights... This piece added thirteen concealed LEDs and three working lamp posts, and I really hate soldering! There is now a huge amount of wiring hidden in this model. If it ever breaks down, I will not be able to fix it.
|The finished ceiling. The holes for the ladders had to be precisely checked against the deck above.|
The whole assembly was unified by building the ceiling as a single piece, to which I glued the finished components, working upside-down. When all the wiring was done, the finished section was put into place and the ladder was dropped in. Finally, a frame and hand rail were added around the top of the ladder.
|The finished deck, in place.|
And there you go. Simple, innit?
|The ladder drops away through the decks.|
|A gas-lamp glow illuminates the depths of the vessel.|
In this section, I added a total of 891 rivets to the model, bringing the total so far to:
Not bad. Looking forward to the twenty-thousand mark now!
|The for'ard gallery by lamp light.|
|The main deck is starting to look quite busy now!|
|The rear section, still waiting for a ladder.|
|The ladder casts pleasing shadows against the bulkheads, while yet another hand-made lantern cheerfully flickers.|
"But why Lions?" I hear you think...
Well, calm down and I shall tell you.
|A Nefarious-looking armoured vehicle joins the ranks of the Wutha-F'Kahwi tribe...|
|Lions: They look like cannons really, don't they?|
I had found in a local crap shop a soft orange plastic lion's head that looked like fun. With cheerful abandon, I shoved a length of tube down its throat, punched a hole in its cranium and proceeded to turn it into mobile artillery.
|An eccentric-looking tribesman with looted and decorated pith helmet, goggles and telescope.|
|The heavily riveted vehice.|
|Boiler and copper chimney complete the archaic look.|
Sadly, somewhere along the way, I have managed to delete all of the build-progress photos I took, but here are the results. The chassis was made from plastic board off-cuts, around a wild west pencil sharpener wagon.
|The cheap plastic lion's head turned out rather well, I think!|
This little beast is the latest creation of The Nefarious Doctor Nefarious: given by him to a local Wutha-F'Kahwi chieftain in order to further destabilise British rule on the Lost Continent. Or that's my excuse, anyway.
Boasting only 391 rivets, it's just a little fellow - but I hope you like it.
|The Wutha-F'Kahwi advance.|
Anyway, that's all for now!
All the Best!