Author Topic: German U-boat Type VIIB Conning Tower Gun Deck  (Read 1190 times)

Offline Steve Ski

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Re: German U-boat Type VIIB Conning Tower Gun Deck
« Reply #15 on: Wed May, 02, 2018, 04:08:PM »
Sanding The Deck Gun And Mount

Ok, now that the deck has been completed and is ready for priming and painting it's time to fight the good fight and sand the deck gun and mount.  The mount was not such a big deal, but this gun is one piece and it has some very delicate parts within the structure that are not easy to get to.  As you can see, cutting up sand paper into long strips was a necessity and saved my sanity. 






                   

I ran into a fore mentioned issue with improperly mixed resin on this gun, so it's been a long process to bring it in to line.  I am paying for my lack of attention to detail weeks ago, go figure.  Ah, t'sall good!

I will say this, without my Yost miniature vise I would have gone battys by now.  This vise was one of the best investments I've made for the model bunker in a long time.  I was able to get a decent grip on this gun so I could get to those tight spots. 

I recon any miniature vise will work, but I did do my research on vises and found that the Yost vise has the best design for my needs.  It has already been upgraded to avoid the retaining washers from crimping and failing.  Meaning, a common issue with these smaller vises is the retaining/tension ring/washer has a tendency to fail and you won't get your vise open.  Now, that would not be any fun if I had this gun stuck in that vise, nuff said!




   

More to follow soon, if I ever get this gun sanded, HA!   Cheers, Ski.
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Re: German U-boat Type VIIB Conning Tower Gun Deck
« Reply #16 on: Wed May, 02, 2018, 08:26:PM »
 I need one of those now ....thnx Steve.... ;)
Nice detail on that gun
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Re: German U-boat Type VIIB Conning Tower Gun Deck
« Reply #17 on: Fri May, 04, 2018, 02:40:AM »
Thx Bruce, go for it.  It's actually a nice kit.
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Re: German U-boat Type VIIB Conning Tower Gun Deck
« Reply #18 on: Fri May, 11, 2018, 09:49:PM »
Still More Sanding


I gave the gun and deck and gun a primer coat and then went back and started sanding the imperfections found in all the nooks and crannies.   The primer coat really brought out areas that were hard to see otherwise.

The gun is proving to be the most time consuming, but that is the nature of the nylon 3D printing material.  Even after using the XTC-3D and sanding the snot out of it I still had a lot of work to do to get rid of the "fuzzy hairs" and bumps.  This will take several coats of primer in specific problem areas to remedy, all while ensuring I don't cover up any details.

Some of the areas were gently scraped with a sharp flat dental tool while other tight areas were accessed by using various types of files, such as sanding sticks, finger nails filers, standard models files and strips of sanding paper as shown before.

The gun may not look so good right now, i.e., the fuzz, but slowly I am making progress.  I just keep the DVD player running with "Das Boot", "Gray Lady Down" or some other submariner movie and I barely notice the clock, HA!





       

The deck portion of this beast was not so bad.   The XTC-3D worked really well on this section, but it still had the typical nylon print issues.  Given it's a much flatter surface it was easier to clean up, but there is still a "boat load" of fuzz on the actual grid deck.  Trust me, you won't see it when I'm done and I ain't gonna sweat the piddly stuff, not gonna do it, lol.

Also, there is some clean up around the tower bolts/rivets that were created when sanding and filing before the primer coat.  I'll go back and add some putty to smooth out those surface areas.  All these little details will scream at you in this scale, so don't neglect them, you'll pay for it in end if you do.   

The minor blemishes on the starboard ladder section will be filled and filed.  If you look closely you can see the geometry of the print still visible on the ventilation tube.  I've sanded that till I'm blue in the face and it still wants to be part of the picture.   I'm not sure how much further I can go down without distorting the details, but I may have to Dremel it a bit to square it up before I call it good.



   

One item that is not pictured here is the sights on the gun itself.   The nylon print is super bulky and looks way out of proportion, so I'll scratch build another one out of thin wire and mount it.  This would be a great place for some PE, but I'm not going to learn that process today, lol.

Ok, time permitting, I'll get the sanding closed out and get ready for cables, ship's bell, minor details and painting, yehaaaaaaa!

Cheers, Ski.
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Re: German U-boat Type VIIB Conning Tower Gun Deck
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Re: German U-boat Type VIIB Conning Tower Gun Deck
« Reply #20 on: Sat May, 12, 2018, 12:19:AM »
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Re: German U-boat Type VIIB Conning Tower Gun Deck
« Reply #21 on: Sun May, 13, 2018, 11:28:PM »
Thank you Gentlemen!
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