I had already started to fit some rails as they would be inaccessible once other components were in place. The brass parts are etched on the folds so that they bend in exactly the right place. So far, so good as I scarcely needed to use the folding tool I normally employ. Unfortunately on the railings this also makes them very fragile and on one run of rails with multiple bends this resulted in it breaking in three places while being fitted and several single bar railings had already broken before being removed from the fret. The single bar railings are also extremely fragile and tricky to bend to curves without distorting. In some cases the multiple bends create a floppy run of rails which defy attempts to fit them to the deck edge. This is compounded by them also being the type of rails with individual stanchions instead of a continuous bottom rail – more accurate, but also trickier to fit. Having said all this, there is a tremendous variety of types of rails with different numbers of bar and heights which would be impossible to replicate any other way. The only other thing was that I had a brief panic when it came to fitting the rails along the main deck. It seemed that there were not enough rails for the whole length, but a quick look at the reference photos showed that there were no rails alongside the missile launchers – just the amount that appeared to be missing!
The central superstructure has as number of struts supporting various platforms and some planning is needed to make sure they can be fitted in place before subsequent items hide their locating points. I have to confess to being caught out with a couple of tiny right angled brackets under the platform surrounding the topmost dome, which are now impossible to fit. My only consolation is that they would have been difficult to see, but I know they are missing (oh - and so do you now!). I also gave up on the microscopic triangular brackets (parts 40) some of which were lost partly because I could not see them on the workbench once they were detached from the fret.
With the missile launchers, the gun and other details added and coat of matt varnish, the vessel was ready to fit to the base and declare the project finished. The model was actually finished some time ago, but I have only just got round to photographing the completed vessel.
This appears to have been planned as a 1/350 scale kit and then scaled down to 1/700, which would account for the minute components which are difficult to fit due to their tiny size. However, it is very well engineered and everything locates exactly. The instructions are well illustrated with several views where there is a complex assembly. This is a challenging build, but worthwhile as you end up with a very detailed representation of a most unusual vessel. As I said at the beginning I never thought I would see a Bora in kit form so congratulations to AJM for bringing to fruition a kit of a very complicated subject.