Airfix 1/600 Mauretania

Walrus
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April 17th, 2015, 4:32 pm #1

Must be a nice feeling to get home from the LHS with a nice looking kit, crack it open and start building.
Without having to phone Airfix only to find they have shut up shop for the weekend and will have to wait until Monday.
I want to speak to someone because there is little point Airfix sending me half a ship if the problem is the same on all parts due to mould damage. Which I assume is the cause of this:







Sanding will remove the raised detail, which would need replacing.

Any other suggestions would be welcome. Atm am thinking that the microchisel and a lot of careful,tedious scraping may do something.
Probably make more of a mess! :lol:

The funnels show signs of being slightly short shot, but a bit of styrene strip will help there.

Even so the hospital ship variation will hopefully look sweet when finished, even without any aftermarket stuff.
Just don't expect a Fabulous Foxy marvelous maritime model! :mutt:
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April 17th, 2015, 6:52 pm #2

Hi there, I agree with your sentiments completely.
Trying to make the best of it and think outside the box, could you make it look like blistered paint from a rust pocket below?
Just a thought
Have a good weekend
Cheers
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April 17th, 2015, 7:20 pm #3

Mould damage almost certainly, so asking for a replacement is probably a waste of time. I would sand the areas that are clear of raised detail and chisel the rest. If you're seeking a little inspiration check out this build by Jim Baumann, which won Best in Show at Telford a few years ago IIRC.

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April 17th, 2015, 7:47 pm #4

Its Tragic that this kit is so bad and this has been going on for along time on this kit.

I would only suggest you sand very carefully, and if some rivets do come off, then they can be replaced.

Like Andy, a sunken wreck springs to mind.

Not very helpful I am afraid and a replacement will be the same. :(

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April 17th, 2015, 11:07 pm #5

"Like Andy, a sunken wreck springs to mind."

I like Andy too, but wouldn't compare him to a sunken wreck.
A wreck, yes, but not a sunken wreck! :lol:


It was not too bad to deal with in the end, Though I still need to polish up after the scraping with a 10A Swass-Morton blade, and a wet & dry homemade sanding stick.
I lost part of a raised line where I lost concentration

Came across that page during a quick reference search, Paul.
One of those,"is it inspirational, or enough to make me give up completely" jobs! :lol:
Makes me want to do something in dazzle camouflage one day.
There was a Wadsworth exhibition in barnsley last year. He was a war artist during WW1 and afaik, the modernist painters were involved in developing dazzle patterns.



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April 18th, 2015, 7:03 am #6

One of the propellor shaft casing halves had come off the sprue.
It must have come off the sprue in the factory, was spotted by an eagle eyed QC worker and replaced.

With the wrong casing half. :slaphead:


Of course, I didn't find this out until I had taken the parts off the sprue.
and one of the pair was short shot
Going well so far! :lol:

Am considering scratch building some new ones if I can find some suitable styrene rod
The components have a triangular section that attaches the casing to the hull.
It is approximately 1/4" thick. Without going overboard about scale thickness (see what I did there) some thinner card should do the trick.


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April 18th, 2015, 2:55 pm #7

Walrus wrote:I like Andy too, but wouldn't compare him to a sunken wreck.
A wreck, yes, but not a sunken wreck! :lol:
Interestingly I did deliberately sink on some wrecks (AKA Submarines)
Thankfully we did surface again - sometimes not where we expected ....
URL ------> Sub Surface
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April 18th, 2015, 5:10 pm #8

Me to Andy, must have been ok because were still here, 'or are we' :D .

Glad you got sorted Walrus :thumbsup: .

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April 18th, 2015, 5:16 pm #9

Hi Foxy - you might not have clicked the URL Sub Surface
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April 18th, 2015, 9:04 pm #10

Sadly I have not only failed to sort things out but made them worse.
Have spilt some Humbrol Liquid poly on upper hull, and then got some CA + graphite powder on the hull.
This time i couldn't sand around the detailing and had to swipe it all off.

it has taken three attempts to get the first deck piece and the fo'c'sle on, leaving some really fiddly filling and sanding and loss of planking details to come
TBH this is typical of how it goes with me. I barely have the energy and cash to build models in the first place so I could really do without having to work so hard to clean up after my mistakes, because my concentration is poor

I feel like I have had enough with the hobby. Am on the verge of cutting my losses and call it a day.
It is just too exhausting.
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