Sunday, January 31, 2016

More Drilling

While reviewing parts in preparation of placing the Midway on its base, I realized that I never drilled holes into the floor of the elevator that is not attached to the deck. Fortunately I still had the document to print a transparent label with the guide for drilling the holes with my hand drill.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Anchors Away!

Tonight I glued the photo-etched versions of the anchors and with a little pleasure I threw in my trash bin the plastic ones.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Too Many Anchors

Yesterday I decided to work on the anchors and proceeded in painting the plastic ones that came with the kit. Today going through the box of the model as it has been a long time since I worked on the Midway I noticed on the aftermarket photo-etched sheet that bought several years ago came with much more detailed anchors which is nice as I was not fully impressed with the kits version. So I painted those ones and was just glad that I made this discovery as I was about to super glue the plastic version to the hull.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Installed the electronics for the hangar lighting but found that the switch enclosure was a good 1mm to thick so I took it apart and just kept the actual hardware which shaved at least 2mm and used hot glue to keep everything in place.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Improving the Base

I found that the square mouldings made the base too "square" I returned to the hardware store ont the 19th and bought an 8' rounded moulding, saw by hand and glued with carpenter glue. I definitely prefer this look as it gives the base a more traditional look you wood expect to see with a ship case. The next day I spray painted the base with a primer since the base is composed of plastic and wood to give it a uniform look. Finally last night I gave the base a few coats black spray paint. Today I installed the bass stands and it really looks sharp!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Raising the Base

After analyzing the electronics needed to be placed under the base for the lighting system I determined that the base needs to be raised. So off I went to the hardware store and bought a 8' square moulding that I cut with a hand saw and glued with carpenter glue. I then super glued the wood to the plastic base and also filled some existing indentations on the top of the base.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Installing the Brass Stands

Was looking for a way to properly align the holes I need to drill into the ship case base, something that had been bothering me for a while now... I finally found the solution by using a laser level that I had and it was accurate enough for the cause. With the holes marked I used a drill and after a bit of filing the brass stands fit perfectly in place. I placed the Midway on the stands to see how it will eventually look and am very satisfied with the results.