There’s a boat in the hangar….
Seems like I get more done on rainy days than any other. The boat is basically complete apart from the props and rudders, which will go on last. Added all the ventilators, tiedown cleats, lights, masts, railings and all the other stuff that airplanes just don’t seem to have!
The 37mm gun was assembled, and some scrap wood from an RC model was used for the timbers that the gun was mounted on. I don’t know how accurate that arrangement is. I’ve seen several versions of how this gun was mounted and this is my take on it. Had I been thinking far enough ahead when I started, I would have shaved the the mounting pads for the raft off before I assembled the deck to the hull. I added the shield onto the gun – I don’t know if that was actually installed or not, but I if was trading a captured Japanese flag, two cases of beer and a Rita Hayworth pinup for a used 37mm gun, I’d want the shield! Besides, I’d feel awfully naked up front with nothing to hide behind. Still need to rummage through the paint stash for a suitable Army shade of green for this gun.
I still need to rig the ropes that were used to secure the forward gun to the deck. I was going to drill some small holes in the railings along the bow and use thread to simulate the rope, but the rails are not tall enough to drill through. Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
6 attached images. Click to enlarge.