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HMS Hood 1941 - Trumpeter 1/350 + Lion Roar
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 10:06 AM GMT+7
Nice scratch building there Jan!

It looks like Trumpy have endowed this kit with the same 'challenges' as they did on the Prinz!

Don't worry though mate, keep going and you'll catch the glacier eventually! I've nearly caught mine
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 07:04 AM GMT+7
Nothing wrong with glacial Jan,

Nice work sorting out the issues with the those decks on the bridge superstructure.

That complex superstructure will look tops when you have finished with it.
Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 05:56 AM GMT+7
Hi Dave,

no worries, great to have you following along the long and slow ride...

And a little work done - started with the bridge. Rather complicated structure, and the fit isn't really all that good:









This little step causing the gap should not be there. Well, some sanding gets that out of the way.

But checking references, I decided that some major surgery is required as well, and that took me almost a full day to figure out how best to go about ist.

This area around the inclined ladder opening needed to go.





Reconstruction:







And some paint on the decks before fitting the parts. That will require some masking later on.





Looking at those parts I can't believe that this is all I managed to do, but such is life. Glacier speed. But after all I am quite happy with my modifications.

Thank you all for your ongoing patience!

Cheers,
Jan



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Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 07:48 AM GMT+7
Jan,

Sorry I missed your earlier update. I echo what Si and Russ said, amazing work.

I have not had the experience of dealing with half railings but they look to be extremely frustrating. Great work.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 - 04:32 PM GMT+7
Thank you very much,Russ and Si!

I have to say I am quite pleased with the kook, and you're right, it's coming to life. And that is good and motivating. I need to continue on the forward superstructure, there's quite a lot of rather complicated work waiting. And I'd think I should start with the funnel bases and the masts, to get an idea of the fit and how the printed boats will fit in between.Something like that. Lots to do...this one will probably go well into 2018...

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, July 03, 2017 - 06:24 AM GMT+7
Hi Jan,

Nice job on the after superstructure, agree with Russ on the half height railings, they are a pain.

The shelter deck is starting to look nice and busy.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, July 02, 2017 - 10:13 AM GMT+7
Hi Jan

a great little update.

Although progress may seem slow, it's these little steps that all come together in the end so that at a certain point, you suddenly realize you're at the finish line, so as I say: progress is progress!

BTW I'm none too keen myself on doing half railings unless absolutely necessary
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Posted: Sunday, July 02, 2017 - 06:09 AM GMT+7
Hi all,

one of the rare occasions of an update...

So I've be dealing with the aft superstructure parts, those just forward of the PomPom stand. Quite confusing references and information. Assuming that Pontos got it right with the HMS Hood association's help, it's still contradicting the AotS in some details. And it's quite far away from the Trumpi (must be careful, auto correction always wants to make Trumpi into Trumpf...saw that on a different post of mine...) kit's part.
However, not much provided in my after marked, and some changes would require major surgery, so I decided to go with some errors in that part.

The basic structure, first PE doors added and archways opened up.

(Edit: no clue why some of the pics come out that small, must be a setting on my laptop when editing pictures. However, I decided to leave them as they are for now.)





Windows opened and some railing cut away from the upper part.





Some railing and surfacer added below, and a first try for a locker, but wrong size entirely, at least taking the Pontos as a reference, it should not be higher than the railings.



Those locker are better size - even if I know they are wrong...they are ammo lockers from Veteran, 37mm AA ammunition for Kriegsmarine vessels...but I think they look all right.
Some scratch work started on the higher railings.





But the endeavor to build half-railings on the lower platforms was abandoned after severals trials...



So I will go with this:





Painted and installed...



Then I decided it was about time to install some of the pre-build structure parts on the shelter deck, together with some more hatches. The additional - midships - ladder from the shelter deck down, that Trumpi built as a structural part, just got some kind of cover.
And yes, I saw that the support underneath one of lower platforms is completely off-angled, I realized it only when I was uploading the picture. It's straight meanwhile.













So much for today, as always, thank you all for following!!

Cheers,

Jan
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Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017 - 08:39 AM GMT+7
Hi Michael and Si,

thank you for your comments!

Michael,

it's good to know that there seems to be a more general problem with paint sticking on those shape ways printed stuff - though the quality and the look of those boats is great! Well, and the old fashioned way did work after all - not as fast and crisp as I had planned, but I'm quite happy with the result. Certainly better than the kit's boats with better paint...

I am looking forward to a weekend that should give me some bench time, so there should be an update on Sunday, or possibly Monday...

As always, thanks for your patience!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 07:59 AM GMT+7
Hi Jan

The boats do look good with paint on, they will really add depth the shelter deck.

Keep up the great work Mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 07:29 PM GMT+7
Great update Jan and I'm sorry I didn't look in earlier. I had the same issue on the Shapeways Sopwiths I bought for the stalled HMS NZ. It was quite difficult to get paint to stick the surface even after using primer and certainly masking tape removed any paint it touched. Nothing wrong with the old ways though, hairy sticks and all

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Michael
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Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 04:40 PM GMT+7
Gentlemen,

thank you all very much for stopping by and especially for your kind comments!!

It's always great to hear that the work is inspiring! Thank you for that!!

And it's particularly interesting to read about your hairy stick and steady hands skills - I thought I was, well, not alone, but not in such good company-! I try to avoid this free-hand painting by all means, and t get those results was quite painful and took me the full weekend...with uncounted corrections and touch ups...

Thank you all again,

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 06:07 AM GMT+7
Amazing work Jan

As others have said, my steady hand is not so steady when it comes to the hairy stick, I avoid it as much as I can.

Your "Armada" looks great. Looking forward to seeing them mounted.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 05:52 AM GMT+7
Build is looking good Jan!

I'm not a steady hand either, but you're doing great by the looks of it!
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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 06:46 PM GMT+7
Awesome work that may supply also some inspiration to my rather stalled Hood build.
The boats, gun quads and winches are really a major improvement over the kit parts.
Your way of applying the wooden deck is interesting and shows a lot of skill.
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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 09:38 AM GMT+7
Great work on the boats Jan!

My hairy stick skills are almost non-existent, but yours are crisp and neat!

The RN sure knew how to clutter up their boats, with, well, ahem, more boats, didn't they

You're right calling it an "Armada"

The Northstar pumps look great and all those little details on deck are really popping!
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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 06:19 AM GMT+7
Thank you very much, Si!

Well, boats.

I did have a plan, however, that collapsed when I found out that masking is not good with those 3D-printed boats. Possibly the slightly uneven surface makes the tape stick to the protruding parts...anyway, here's what changed my plan for the weekend (plan was - mask a stripe around the boats, use the angled areas/shadows to spray on white and let it cure).



Well, not going to happen - instead, break out some new 2/0, 5/0, and 10/0 hairy sticks and doing some painting.



Actually, I'm not really good at that, somehow I have no steady hand when it comes to free painting. The pronounced shapes of the printed boats helped, but still it became an endeavour that kept me busy the entire weekend-benchtime.

Work in progress...







So I abandoned the plan to paint the lower hull of the motor boats white - I read they where, but sources differ. Now it doesn't matter, hulls will be one color only...

Here are the motor boats. Very fine detail. Yes, you can see they were printed, but only on the pictures, to the naked eye, this is almost invisible...



















And the open boats.
Grey/brown/blue is sprayed on and corrected with a brush, withe is entirely brushed on on the boats above.















So here's my little fleet. In the end, I am quite happy with the result, even though it's not perfect.



For now,

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 08:10 PM GMT+7
Nice work Jan

The boats are coming to life with paint on. The North star winches look excellent down, as does all the deck detail.

looking forward to your weekend update.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 09:13 AM GMT+7
Hi Dave,

thank you very much!!

So, a few days late - last weekend no bench time, but got something done 'in between' - I hope to have a substantial update by Sunday or Monday...

Painting the boats - grey and 'wood'-brown



blue (what blue?- the only source I could find, HMS Hood association, mentioned blue/navy blue, but I can't find anything closer, so I choose a flat blue from Tamyia. So all these pictures of course show work in progress, masking and further painting to follow...



While this is curing to sustain masking tape, I installed some hatches and winches on the ship:















Right - my glorious production line did not take into account that some of the hatches are on the darker colored shelter deck...but that should be an easy fix...

Cheers for now,

Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 04:32 AM GMT+7
Jan,

Amazing progress. As Russell mentioned, the assembly line is looking quite efficient. Completely understand the issue (time consuming) with all the fiddly parts. But as you said, the small parts leave the big impressions.

Looking forward to seeing them come together.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 04:30 PM GMT+7
Hi Si, Mike and Russ,

thank you very much for your kind comments and following patiently along my glacier speed build!!

With over a year into the build right now - well, I'll have to double-check, but I'm almost positive the real HMS Hood had progressed farther at that point...

Small stuff is really taking up time, and there's so much more to come. But essentially the small stuff makes the impression in the end.

Thanks again and cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 06:21 AM GMT+7
Great stuff Jan,

All the small stuff is important, it what is what adds the depth.

Loving the shapeways boats, they will look superb with paint on.

Keep u[p the great work.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 03:16 AM GMT+7
The Hood is looking great Jan!

Can't wait to see more updates!

Cheers!
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 09:52 PM GMT+7
Great progress here Jan!

A real production line you've got going on there!

the pumps look great!

I have to say, I'm very interested to see how the boats come up under some paint.
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 04:38 PM GMT+7
Thank you so much, Russ and Si!

Yes, some surfacer and sanding was required, but not too much.
Some more small stuff done, need to start installing it.

This stuff is 'eating up' time - I had a feeling that I did not all that bad over the weekend, but looking at the final output - well - hmmm...

Okay, here are just a bunch of pictures of my ongoing small stuff battle...





























And the Shapeways Boats, some paint next, hopefully in a week or so...










Thanks for looking in, more in about a week!!

Cheers,
Jan