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square portholes
Posted by Wolfp on Saturday, September 13, 2003 9:30 PM
Just wondering what's a good technique for putting drilling these and what tools to use, right now I am using an x-acto 11 with square rat-tail, but results on first are less than spectacular. Not sure if I am not being patient enough or if I am using the wrong tools. Any tips would be appreciated Big Smile [:D]

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Posted by Jeff Herne on Saturday, September 13, 2003 9:44 PM
I recently had to do square limber holes on a submarine...

drill the center out, then use a square needle file to clean up the edges.

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Posted by therriman on Saturday, September 13, 2003 9:47 PM
What kind of ship are you talking about. If it's modern and you are talking about the bridge windows, they are windows and not portholes. Use some black paint on a sharp object and fill them in.
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Posted by Wolfp on Sunday, September 14, 2003 8:22 AM
thanks Jeff...nah therri, they are indeed square portholes on the 01 level of the scharnhorst.

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Posted by therriman on Sunday, September 14, 2003 10:05 AM
OK
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Posted by glweeks on Sunday, September 14, 2003 5:29 PM
I have a heller adm. scheer that also has square portholes/ windows on a fwd. section above the main deck; I thought about drilling them out then having at it with a needle file, but I've got some photo etch in 1/350 ( the heller is 1/400) that's bridge windows or some such, think I'll see if their a close enough fit to bring the square portholes out. If that works I may get away with just painting and dry brushing... I hope, I hope....
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Posted by Jeff Herne on Sunday, September 14, 2003 5:54 PM
I did the same thing with my Nichimo Kagero. The bridge windows are molded in...but they provide an interior for the bridge!

So I removed the solid windows and replaced them with a 1/350 ladder turned sideways. I used Krystal Kleer for the windows...

Jeff
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 14, 2003 11:19 PM
I personally favour making the holes rather than painting them over, Jeff's Krystal Kleer sounds neat and it is something I haven't tried before, but will when opportunity presents.
Have you considered making a square punch and knocking them out or is the plastic too thick at that location? If the punch idea doesn't pan out, then make a square frame to keep your file corralled and your results should improve.
Good luck!

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