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Rookie mistake on my HMS Victory

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  • Member since
    March, 2016
  • From: Tulsa, OK
Rookie mistake on my HMS Victory
Posted by AV8R1992 on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 11:42 AM

So in June 2016 I bought the airfix 1/180 HMS Victory after debate on airfix or revell. I opened my kit and received two same sides of the hull (both port), after calling airfix about this they assured me they would send me out a replacement part of the correct side. So I decided to continue the build, painting and glueing as I waited for my replacement part. I finally received it and painted both sides of the hull and here comes the mistake... I didn't dry fit the hull halves! So my port side (the original) is slightly bigger than the starboard, just enough to mess up the alignment. I contacted airfix about this and since it was outside of the 30 day window for returns they couldn't do anything. So she sat on my desk, in the back corner, collecting dust until this week after 6 months of not touching I decided to go ahead and finish. Lesson I learned, dry fit the pieces so I save myself the headache! 

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 12:15 PM

I don't think you made a mistake . Airfix screwed up. What could you have done?

i would like to see what you came up with to remedy.

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    December, 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 1:00 PM

AV8R1992

So in June 2016 I bought the airfix 1/180 HMS Victory after debate on airfix or revell. I opened my kit and received two same sides of the hull (both port), after calling airfix about this they assured me they would send me out a replacement part of the correct side. So I decided to continue the build, painting and glueing as I waited for my replacement part. I finally received it and painted both sides of the hull and here comes the mistake... I didn't dry fit the hull halves! So my port side (the original) is slightly bigger than the starboard, just enough to mess up the alignment. I contacted airfix about this and since it was outside of the 30 day window for returns they couldn't do anything. So she sat on my desk, in the back corner, collecting dust until this week after 6 months of not touching I decided to go ahead and finish. Lesson I learned, dry fit the pieces so I save myself the headache! 

 

I had a kit from Heller do the same thing, one side was about 1/10th smaller then the other side.   Thought of making a half hul model.

  • Member since
    March, 2016
  • From: Tulsa, OK
Posted by AV8R1992 on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 1:02 PM

I'll be sure to post some pictures of what I have so far! I just wish I would've done that so I could have gotten it fixed. Still looks good...from a distance! Wink

  • Member since
    March, 2016
  • From: Tulsa, OK
Posted by AV8R1992 on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 3:10 PM

Alright, here are the photos of the build from the beginning. I didnt take in the beginning process but it has some progress.

 Here's the deck with the assigned color from the instructions.with testors enamel wash.

This is the first spot youre able to tell the hulls are shorter. You can see on the stern has a bigger overhang on the port than the starboard and an angle to it. I tried filling in with putty but had to put the angle because the fit was to bad.

I had to sand the cannons way down in order for them to fit under the stair well. Also had to sand the keel and the bow to get the two sides to match up. Overall, I'm happy with what I have considering she was a pain to build and fix up.

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