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Asheville-class Patrol Gunboat Mark II

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entry Nov 6 2006, 07:51 PM
I put the hull on the back burner now that it is fiberglassed. I haven't had a lot of time to spend on construction but I figured that the superstructure couldn't be too complicated to rough out.

A few sheets of 1/8" balsa and a good, sharp hobby knife and luckily without any bloodshed I had the sides of the cabin cut out in no time. A basswood plank with a copy of the deck plans (trimmed down just to the superstructure outline area) spray-adhesived to the plank formed a nice base to begin construction. All in all 3 hours of work to get the sides assembled and fixed with superstructure decks. Still have the curved front and the angled windows to do but those are just a matter of cutting the parts out and fixing them to the rest of the cabin.

Maybe next week I'll get to do some more. I'm not looking forward to creating the turret...may have to take a page from the Dumas kit and make it like they did using the cross pieces and wrapping them with flexible balsa.

 
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