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PostSubject: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Tue 26 May 2015, 9:25 pm

hi all well this is what I one on ebay and it came today

so looks like another one to start.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Tue 26 May 2015, 10:05 pm

Looks like another sweet project.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Fri 02 Oct 2015, 9:10 pm

My new one commissioned by my boss, the Airfix Wasa, I bought it off ebay and I've no idea how it was stored but its warped to hell, its been a real pig to get it together, didn't do it as per instructions as i could not get the deck atattched and level so glued the hull front together then when the glue set glued the rear the glued the deck a bit at a time using loads of masking tape to hold it till dry.





Broke lots of these bits on the top rails (whatever they are) so will have to make some new ones.



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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Fri 02 Oct 2015, 10:23 pm

Its airfix .... probably came out the factory like that.

You'll suss it mate.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Sat 03 Oct 2015, 10:56 am

What a pity. It's in experienced hands so I'm sure it will look good.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Sat 03 Oct 2015, 4:25 pm

Looks like it will be Okay.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Sat 03 Oct 2015, 7:59 pm

Hi all I've decided to display it on the turn with the gun ports open and water just starting to enter, I think that's a fitting setting.




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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Sun 04 Oct 2015, 5:09 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Tue 06 Oct 2015, 9:09 pm

Hi all well this is going to be a challenge to paint, to say the least, but I've made a start.



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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Wed 07 Oct 2015, 12:43 am

You have the "gift" for projects like this!  I'd be crying by now, glad you're sharing the challenge with us.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Wed 07 Oct 2015, 9:51 am

Hi all here's a question I've been pondering since I started this build. If you were and experienced old sea dog(never sailed a ship in my life, don't know one end of a spar from the other) and you could see what was about to happen, let's say the ship is listing to port, would you jump onto the sea off the port side or hang off the starboard side and wait for it to sink.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Wed 07 Oct 2015, 11:38 am

If I was on the Wasa, I would probably grab as many of my ABBA records and half built kits that I could carry and jump into a life boat. My missus would be on her own, I'm sure she could manage a swim to the shore.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Wed 07 Oct 2015, 9:03 pm

Hi all well the transom will have to be done in small pieces, the ornamentation is making me crosseyed


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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Thu 08 Oct 2015, 5:29 pm

Maybe small but it looks great. Nice work.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Fri 09 Oct 2015, 7:22 am

You've handled the warping problem, did a great job. I can see from your pictures that the Wasa was fairly narrow yet high out of the water. I think we can see the top heavy problem that sank her.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Tue 13 Oct 2015, 7:49 pm

Hi all a little update, well after exhaustive research(20 mins on google pooped for the rest of the day now) the Airfix kit is a little wrong the little sticky up thing on the top of the rails do not exist(thats great as I thought I would have to make some of those as I broke some whists struggling to get the warped hull together, also there should be another gun port on the second tier down sternwards of the last on on the model, roughly where the little slot is on the kit, I may add it when I find out what purpose the slot is for also the ornamentation above the top rail dose not exist neither does the ornamentation between the rails. not tremendous problems so should be able to sort them.

These are the little sticky up things which I've now removed.






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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Thu 29 Oct 2015, 6:09 pm

Hi all Airfix missed a gun port on this so I've been racking my brains trying to think of a way of making one and I think I've got it.
first I covered on of them with bathroom sealant to make a mould then I tried to make a resin casting but it was so thin they kept breaking when I tried to get them out, so I thought I need something more flexible so being as how it was so thin I thought just acrylic paint, but that was too flexible and wouldnt come out of the mould so then I thought How can I stiffen it up a bit so I put a thin smear of superglue over it, hey presto it came out, here is the result, I may make another mould and try again as this is a bit chunky probably because of the number of times ive tried using it but at least I know it works.



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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Fri 30 Oct 2015, 1:07 pm

Excellent work!  Looks like well on your way seaward!  Re: small recastings. using something as a "mold release" on the thing before pouring 2 part solution helps.  Another method is to press common hobby clay, like kids use onto the item to be duplicated.  Remove it carefully and that's your mold (or mould).  I've seen it done with things as small as the little auto logo "badges" on the sides of 1/25 model cars, and that's thin indeed.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/144 Wasa   Fri 30 Oct 2015, 5:14 pm

Nice work
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