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My Stingray Build

badsimmonds

Alphans
Hi Patrick

I was at one time thinking of just painting the windows but I knew it wouldn't look right for a shelf model. Even at this stage I occasionally think I should have gone down that path.
You know my thoughts on interiors and at present I have no intention of having any. One can buy a complete interior which I was very tempted but I just didn't want to spend the extra money though that could change, whatever I do it will just be one colour like Fireball Jnr.
There is a lot of sanding and filling with this model as its plain all over and will show any defects so I'm not looking forward to the final paint day, though that is sometime away.
I have done more to the model than I've shown but I'm spreading out the updates as progress is very slow on this build. It won't be helped with the plan to completely gut the kitchen which will start as soon as I get back from Scotland in a couple of weeks.
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
There's time for just one more update before I go to Scotland.
I have a habit of jumping around on my models and this is no exception. I could concentrate on one part but while I'm waiting for something to dry I'll start on something else.
I kept on forgetting about the Aqua sprites but its time to bite the bullet and make more holes in the model.
Again you can buy Aqua Sprites for this size of model but as its down to money I decided not to buy. After setting out I started to cut out the hole using my mini drill. Fortunately before I stuck the two body sections together I fitted some wood blocks where the Sprites should be so I would have something solid to anchor them to.
Once the hole was about right I cut a ping pong ball in half and hot glued one piece in the hole.
I then cut away the excess and filled and sanded to get rid of the gaps, I did the same for the other side.
The kit comes with a clear canopy and surround so apart from fitting a few details there is not much to else to do with them.
 

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badsimmonds

Alphans
The two large cabin fins are next, to get them ready I sanded and filled any bubbles that were present and after a few coats of primer it was time to fit them.
I stupidly thought I could just glue them in place and when that unsurprisingly failed it was time for plan B which should have been plan A. I drilled a couple of holes in the end of the fins and glued cut down panel pins in them. I then drilled corresponding holes in the cabin and sanded the area flat for a better gluing area.
It took a bit of time to get the correct angle so I did one fin at a time. Once dry it was the usual filler/sand/prime.
The progress on this model is slow as I only spend a few minutes on it at any time plus in a few days I'll be starting to gut the kitchen which will slow things down even more.
 

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The shape of fins to come......

Tremendous Malcolm, absolutely tremendous. Hopefully she'll stand up to some rough handling - are the fins quite brittle? Or is the material tough enough to stand up to a bit of a bump?

I didn't have a chance to comment on your previous post so, two things -

Congratulations on having the foresight to fix some wood inside the hull before you joined both halves - textbook badsimmonds - and, just as good, a pingpong ball to create the shape of the recesses in the hull. A bits nd bobs man after my own heart.

Good luck with the kitchen - I thought you weren't going to do interiors on this one, but I guess the lads would have to have a galley to prepare food during those long missions.......will you fashion a tiny microwave and kettle?

Seriously though, hope all goes well with the lifesize kitchen,

Kindest regards

Patrick
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
Hi Patrick

This project is one of the slowest I've done mostly because its winter and its far too cold to get motivated in the garage.
The fins made from resin are quite strong, in fact this was proved the other day when the cabin slipped out my hand and fell on the concrete floor. The fins were ok but the port side of the cabin was smashed. This is the side I've repaired a few times because the window frames are thin and if you put too much pressure on them they break.
The area under the windows was split and pieces were missing, I've no idea where they disappeared to.
Currently anytime I spend on this model is repairing the damage, I'll post some photos later.
I seem to have no luck as the previous model (TB1) had an accident as well. I knew I'd probably drop the cabin at some time but I was always hoping it wouldn't happen.
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
Here are some photos of the damaged cabin after I dropped it on the garage floor. The area under the windows was badly cracked and doesn't show up in the photos.
The port side was badly damaged as you can see. Over the past few days I've been repairing it, as some pieces are missing I glued some strips of fibreglass were the gaps were. Then I covered them in P38 and sanded/filled/sprayed until I'm more or less back where I was last week.
There is still more sanding and spraying to do but it doesn't look too bad.
 

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TerraForm1

Alphans
I'm always impressed by how you take everything in stride and figure out a 'plan B', undaunted. As always, thanks for sharing your build.
 
Sentiments echoed....

Many people post wonderful pictures of their progress and rightly so, but with badsimmonds you get everything, good days and bad days alike. I couldn't do a tenth of what this man gets through with a project, which is one of the main reasons why I love watching it all take shape.

Well done Malcolm!

Kindest regards

Patrick
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
Many thanks for your comments. I must admit there were a few choice words floating round the garage when it happened. I've dropped a few bits in my time and sometimes your lucky with no damage and other times......
The work on the kitchen has started so things have slowed down even more if thats possible. There is not much left to do on this model which means it will soon be painting time which I am dreading as its a completely smooth model and all the problems that brings up.
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
This will be the last update for a while as I'm in full swing with the kitchen work. This update was done a few weeks ago but I've been too busy to post it as I don't have enough spare time.
The periscope was next on the list and I decided I wanted it to move slightly and at the very least be removable for any moves that will happen in a year or two.
I first cut off the existing periscope and drilled a hole that would take a hollow tube. The tube was a cut down loo seat 'hinge' as it was about the right diameter, all I had to do to it was re-drill the centre out to increase the hole size. For the rest of the scope I used some aluminium tubing which will not be glued in place, there will be a smaller tube which will fit inside this one and the actual scope itself will be on the end of this thinner tube later on.
I once again used the tape/filler method so the whole assembly would fit the cabin roof contours.
After that it was sanding and spraying as usual. This item won't be glued to the roof until after the final painting as that will give me a nice clean paint join.
That's it for now, unfortunately there isn't enough room in the garage to store the old/new kitchen and work on the model. I imagine it will be sometime before I can get back to it.
 

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Captain Sci-Fi

Commander
Staff member
Stingray was my Anderson "first" I love this show.

Catch us up with this lovely build please, I need my fix! :thumbup:
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
Hi Captain

The kitchen is more or less finished and I hope to start again on Stingray this weekend.
I've got my bench in place and the model is ready the only trouble is after a long break it takes a bit of getting going again.
There is not much else to do and is very near the paint job.
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
Finally last weekend after a couple of months I managed to do some work on Stingray.
I decided to fix the two small rear fins, first I filled any defects, sanded and primed. Originally I was going to fix a pivot in each one as it seems on the original model as seen on the master models site that they were able to swing.
However there wasn't a lot of space for even a small pivot so I just ended up gluing them in place. Usually when I fit things together I fill the gaps with filler but I wanted to give the impression they could move so I didn't bother this time.
I also tidied up the two side 'boosters' and filed the joining piece so they would sit correctly on these stabilisers. They will have pins fitted but only to make them more secure when the time comes. I drilled out the ends to create intakes/outtakes and rounded the edges over.
Looking at the body again I decided to add some filler in places to even out any irregularities.
 

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More and more beautiful.....

Malcolm, yet again, great pictures and great description - you must be delighted to be back in action after all these weeks. With all the modifications and additions, this is going to be unique.

Kindest regards

Patrick
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
Hi Patrick its good to hear from you again.

Progress on this model is slow for various reasons so I must get down and finish it. One of the reasons for this is the fact its a smooth skinned hull with lots of masking to do and I'm really not looking forward to starting the painting. I'm only spending a few minutes a day on it so there is not much to show.
I was going to have the ratemaster rotate (by hand) but its such an awkward thing I might end up gluing it in place. I wish I knew what other people did with it. However things might change.
I also cut out the supplied clear canopies for the Aqua sprites so I've had to re shape the area so they would sit correctly, this has taken ages to do.
I also sanded and sprayed the hull endlessly to get a smooth surface but there are always defects to sort out. I always check the surface out in daylight as its very good at showing scratches etc.
The windows are another problem I've just started to look at. The side ones are reasonably easy as they are almost flat but the front one apart from curving round also slopes back. I might have to carve some balsa and vacuum form it.
That's about it for now.
 

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Showroom finish?

I know you're always full of trepidation when it comes to undercoating and spraying Malcolm. Just remember that The Lady would leave the yards in pristine condition, spick and span, but over the following months her paint job would fade, finishes on the panelling would slowly change, and so on. I know you'll want to have her looking spotless, and all the preparatory work you've undertaken will serve you well at the end of the project.

What a gorgeous model.

Kindest regards

Pat
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
As I couldn't come up with any more excuses to put off painting I bit the bullet and have actually started the big paint.
The trouble with this vehicle is the four colours required and all that masking.
I get very nervous when it comes to masking as its asking for trouble, however the first colour - silver- is easy as I just sprayed most of the model using Plasticote Silver 109s which is what I use all the time. Before any painting I thoroughly wipe the model with a tack rag to remove dirt/dust and it really makes a huge difference.
After leaving that for a few days I masked off the area for the blue, this was difficult as there was a lot of curves. I'm using 2mm mask tape first then I go round again with a wider tape before taping the bin liner on.
The model is supported with a rod that fits into the ratemaster hole.
I used Halfords Rover Henley Blue for the lighter blue. Other people will use other colours so I hope this one works out.
As I leave days between sprays this will slow down the build some what.
 

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badsimmonds

Alphans
I'm afraid I spoke too soon with this project as I've had nothing but problems with painting.
The masking tape failed and even lifted off the previous layer of paint. I've tried to sort it but it just got worse in fact so bad I've scrapped the model. Drastic I know but I know from past experience there comes a point when enough is enough.
As you can imagine I'm feeling gutted and it will be a long time before I build anything else.
Sorry folks who were waiting for the finished item.
 
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