Some hardwood dowel is supplied in the Vintage Model Works kit for the handrails
that would look perfectly acceptable for most builders but as I’m going a bit overboard with the detailing of my boat I chose to fabricate mine differently to look a little more authentic.
This involved selecting some obeche stripwood of suitable dimensions and carefully measuring and marking out the positions of the supporting legs and the spacing between them. Again I used some ‘photos of the NMM model as a guide for this.
Fortunately I had previously treated myself to a vertical stand accessory for my Dremmel drill and I used this as a milling machine
with the addition of a suitably sized sanding drum and an improvised ‘fence’ attached to the base of the stand. After making a test piece
I also chose to attach a vacuum cleaner hose
to the stand to extract the dust as the process generates quite a lot!
Milling out the recesses in the obeche strip was a remarkably quick process but the subsequent hand finishing using abrasive paper glued around a dowel and some abrasive pads took a great deal longer to achieve the final profiles.
I was very pleased with the final result and so I applied several coats of Teak stain before hand drilling a 2mm hole in each of the supporting legs to take a plasticard rod
which was superglued in place.
These form fixing spigots that will enable me to easily fix the rails through the roof without using epoxy or superglue on the roof surface but on the underside of the roof instead.
The legs at each end of the handrails
were drilled to take 1mm rods as the legs are a bit smaller.
The rails were then laid out on the cabin roof and with the aid of some masking tape the position of each plasticard rod
was marked and then the drilling centres marked with an indent through the tape onto the roof.
The fixing holes were all hand drilled through the roof and the handrails
pushed into place before being secured with a drop of superglue on the underside.
When set the excess plastic rod was cut flush with the roof panel.
The finished result is very pleasing 😀 as seen in the last pic along with a sneak preview of the searchlight.