Furnace Room Interior

This is what I’ve mostly referred to in past posts as the furnace room. Its below decks and is virtually obscured from view when the removable panel is in place, but I long ago set my heart on creating a little diorama down here in the guts of the ship…

So I’ve added a few walls, which also creates a space to the left where coal-like fuel will be piled up for shovelling in to the furnace, you can sort of make out the loading hatch on the deck above…

As I won’t have the best access when its in place for doing any detailed painting this, along with the other parts I have planned for down here, will be constructed as separate units which can be fixed in once painted…

If you were wondering where the door led to, well someone’s got to operate these missile tubes…

Which rather conveniently poke out of this slot in the side of the hull…

Well I now need to make a mirror of this for the other side… the ‘other side’ is always a bit boring to do, although at least it wont be quite so trial and error getting it to fit.

Deck & Port Side

I’ve spent most evenings this week sketching and sticking various bits of card on trying to work out what I’ll be adding to the deck. These sketches give an idea of how I want to extend the original wheelhouse. The wheelhouse will have two tiers, the bottom tier will extend forward on to the deck. The main feature of the port side will be a huge twin barrelled cannon.

One of the major obstacles has been the curvature of the deck, which cambers across the width and has a concave curve along the length towards the bow. Cutting anything to fit to this means some careful measuring and guess work.

Below is the beginnings of the deck structure. As the wheelhouse is removable to allow access to the workings, the extension is glued to the deck but not the wall. With some careful positioning of armour plate and other details this join should eventually be all but invisible. Note how the height of the wall reduces the further forward it gets, although the top remains parallel to the waterline.

Wheel House

This weekend I built the basic structure of the wheel house. I’m planning on adding some kind of walkway around the sides about halfway up, so that it will become a two tier structure. Some of the windows will be opened up as doors leading on to the walkway, others maybe blocked off etc.

The roof structure, was also constructed, quite a complex build given all the curves and angles, but goes together quite well considering. I want this top platform to be where my captain will stand along with steering wheel etc.

And here it is together, not yet stuck until I’ve converted and painted the interior.