The hatches and the yellow tanks are now fitted. The winches have been adapted and fitted as well as cable reels.
Next job was the steps from the forecastle and also from various platforms.
A prominent cable or pipe runs up the back of the funnel and was a straightforward job with copper wire
Luckily Model Art generic decals had lettering just the right size for the large name on the side of the superstructure. Their sheet of white letters was also used for the port of registry on the stern and for the other name boards.
Davits were made from thin strips of 10 thou. and 8 thou. square section. I have to confess to cheating with the lifeboats – they are items from a Seals Model kit.
Life raft canisters on their rack were added along with a couple of small triangular structures in the run of the rails, the purpose of which I have not been able to determine.
Railings around the superstructure were relatively straightforward by working with small lengths at a time to cope with all the angles. The stern rails are a bit more of a challenge. These rails have been reinforced with extra plates on the uprights and a stronger capping rail. The uprights - made from 5 thou strip - were fitted to the railings with superglue and then trimmed with a new scalpel blade. The capping piece for the railing was made from 0.3mm copper wire. It was super-glued on in one place, and when that was fully cured bent in situ to the next angle and so on until the end.
Unfortunately in my haste to get on with the project I forgot to take any photos, so you will have to wait for the finished pictures to see what it looks like.
As things were moving towards a conclusion it was time to get the base ready. Watercolour paper was glued to the base plinth and the whole lot varnished and the sea colour was painted.
As this is an icebreaker, it seemed appropriate to set the model in an icy sea. I had been intrigued by photos of “pancake ice” and decided to try and replicate this.
Drips from a wax candle were dropped onto aluminium foil. This took a bit of practice to get enough drips of a reasonable size for the “pancakes”. Photos of this type of ice show a raised edge which I tried to replicate with white acrylic paint, but when these were tried on the sea base, the contrast between the white paint, the slightly greyish wax and the dark sea looked very odd, so I toned it down with light grey paint.