Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Tumbling Dice '74' Test Build

HMS Superglue cleared for action

The various bits

Before filing and sanding

Ready for the Superglue

Attaching the sails

Lining it all up

Jib Sails and Sprit Sails added

A Stern View (very old joke that one)

I grabbed half an hour or so this afternoon to test build one of the Tumbling Dice 1/2400th scale 74 gun 3rd Rates, prior to starting an assembly line for the eight others that I'm planning to glue together. The various pieces were cleaned up with a craft knife, files and a sanding stick, ready to be glued together from the stern forwards once the hull had been attached to the base. 

The sails went on without too much trouble, although I changed my usual approach and applied the glue to the masts rather than the sails themselves, bending the sails first so that they had a good contact with the masts. The jib sails also had a bit of a trim so that they glued well to the bowsprit at an appropriate angle. This was easily done by truncating the lower points of all three jib sails.

The final bit was adding the fiddly sprit sail to the bowsprit, which I thought about leaving off after looking at the photos on the TD website, but decided to add anyway as it looked weird without one. All in all, it took about twenty minutes to build this one model but I can speed that up with a bit of mass production and better super glue technique. Now I only have eight more to go!


  1. Nice work.
    I tend to prime and base coat mine before assembling them and then do the wash and highlights once they are stuck together.

  2. I thought about doing it that way but went for the easy option and will spray undercoat them once they're assembled, followed by a touch up to fill any missed bits. I'm still debating whether to basecoat them black or white though?



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