Step 1 (reversing the walls).

This is strictly optional.

The walls on parts J37 A&B have been molded in reverse. To fix this carefully cut off the wall at the corners and swap them over. Make sure you label each piece as you cut it off including where the tops and bottoms are or you might get the pieces mixed up.

If you do not choose to swap the bulkheads add a sheet plastic door either side of the large arched window and drill out the porthole.

Step 2 (adding the missing wall).

The model represents the private promenade and the B deck 1st class entrance as one whole area. There should be a wall that crosses from the corner where the wider section begins over to the hull. Manufacture this out of sheet plastic and glued in to place. The private promenades had access to the 1st class entrance so add a double door in the center on the wall's private promenade side.

Step 3 (painting the walls).

We left the natural white of the plastic to represent the white portion of the wall but you can paint them flat white if you wish.

Next use the Testor's Flat Military Brown to paint evenly spaced vertical wood trim.

Then paint a horizontal brown line about 2/5ths up from the bottom of the wall along the entire length of the private promenade. When the brown has dried paint the lower half of the wall between the vertical lines and horizontal line with dark gray panels. Consult a photo of the actual promenade for the pattern used.

Step 4 (making and adding the furniture).

Use Mike and Steve's method for building the Grand Staircase's furniture (See GRAND STAIRCASE section). The only difference is that the furniture needs to be painted white/tan to simulate wicker rather than red.

For tables cut sprue stock to 1.5mm high with a diameter of around 2mm. To this glued a brass sequin (same as those used on the capstans). When dry paint flat white and glue into place.

Step 5 (making plants).

To create the plants get a section of thick scrap sheet plastic (we used the discarded interior B deck we'd cut out). Using a drill and bitt slowly drill through the plastic. The cutting tip displaces plastic in a tight coil (skyrocket juniper shaped).

Make a few different heights for use in different areas of the ship. You can also use small sprigs from HO railway plants. Paint these various shades of green.

Make plant pots from small sprue stock using the same 1.5mm long 2mm wide pieces. Paint these white.

Then spread the plants and furniture along the walls and decking of the private promenades.

Step 5 (adding acetate for the windows).

Add acetate to the inside of the windows to simulate glass.


I gave these the full detail treatment.

After painting the walls flat white, tape off the walls to paint the thin wooden slat trim and the diagonal decorative pieces. Refer to the photos of the promenade for the pattern.

Paint the window frames the same color brown. This is a tedious process but this wall faces the large square outside windows so it is worth the effort.

The outside windows require acetate, as well as the interior windows.

I built the cabin perimeters out of sheet plastic to prevent seeing through the model to the other side but I didn't add any detail in the cabins.

Use plastic benches for chairs, and fashion tables as well. You will also need to fashion the fore wall, separating the promenade from the 1st class entrance. Paint the detail on this wall as well, particularly the doors leading to the promenade.


This site was created by David Cotgreave January 2000