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HMS Hood 1941 - Trumpeter 1/350 + Lion Roar
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Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:11 AM GMT+7
Great work Jan!

looks like you'll be in for more filling/sanding on some of the structures for the shelter deck, but not too much!

Those winches look great!
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Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 08:30 AM GMT+7
Very nice work Jan,

Great etch work, the etched grills will really add depth.

Keep up the great work mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 05:49 AM GMT+7
And some more progress - last week it was working the ship, no it's back to small stuff...

Structures for the shelter deck - probably some surfacer needed, I will give them a coat of paint and then I'll see...











North star winches - will need some alteration to the wooden deck once in place, they are different sizes than the original ones...









Work on the main breakwaters started. Whatever that stuff on the outside might be - Pontos has it in their 1/200 as well (downloaded their instructions, can be helpful for my build, too) - wow, that's some small and fiddly work with the Eduard PE set...













Doesn't look all that bad, I hope it still looks good under a coat of paint.

All in all, I am more and more using the Eduard vice the Lion Roar stuff...the Eduard is a pretty smart set!

That's it for now, and I have to take another break, so next update in early June...

Cheers and thanks for looking in!!

Jan
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Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 05:41 AM GMT+7
Hi Tim and Stephen,

thank you so much for your kind words!! That's most appreciated, I am really happy that you like the build!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:28 AM GMT+7
Great work on that deck, Jan - it takes guts to cut up those beautiful, expensive wood deck parts! Your approach of cutting the deck into more manageable sections for installation makes a lot of sense. And the results are stunning! I too am enjoying your posts and pictures very much.
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:07 AM GMT+7
Really good work! I am enjoying your posts very much.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 04:14 PM GMT+7
Mike, Dave, Si and Russ - thank you so much for your kind comments and continued support!! That really helps keeping up the motivation on this marathon build.

But it's really good to have some really visible progress. I am pretty happy with the wooden deck! And I should get some more done over the coming weekend!

Thanks again and cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 03:39 PM GMT+7
Coming along very nicely Jan!

A neat solution with the timber decking, cutting it into smaller more manageable sections. I too struggle with wood decks around the barbettes.

Another major milestone reached-well done mate
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 08:08 AM GMT+7
Great stuff Jan,

Like the idea of cutting the deck into sections, worked very well. I have found it can be fun fitting sections over moulded on barbettes and the suchlike.

The etched vent boxes look very neat indeed.

Keep up the good work mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 06:36 AM GMT+7
Jan,

Amazing work. I like the method for the wooden deck, I may need to steal that idea when I begin to tackle the IJN Fuso again.

Those Eduard parts are a great improvement over the kit parts...amazing what a little PE will do to the beauty of the build.

Great work my friend.

Looking forward to seeing some more.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 02:51 AM GMT+7
Great job Jan! Love to see it coming together!

Cheers!
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 04:38 PM GMT+7
And here's some more progress - I had to start with some of the shelter deck structures to make sure that the wooden deck would come down in the right place.

I built the Trumpi originals first, but most will be replaced by Eduard etch later on, started with them as well. The plastic parts are only to fit the wooden deck - well, the after structure will not be replaced, of course, but there are more corrections needed, and etch to be added. But that's for later.









In order to properly place the deck, I decided to deliberately cut it in smaller sections, along some lines that I hope will be hidden afterwards. That allows me to control the process of laying down the deck, instead of being driven and end up with a slightly off-placed deck. That worked out pretty well and I think I will to it like this with future wooden decks the same way...





Shelter deck was laid down in four parts. Here's the result and some close ups of the cutting lines, I think that's ok.











After deck same procedure...





Cut in halves. There was a significant gap between the barbets that needed filling, but I think proved me right - the fit around the barbets is pretty tight and on the forecastle I had to do some major re-working and cutting. Filling the gap as here was way easier and I think it looks all right.











Full view and my 'battlefield' around...







The Eduard structures compared to the kit's ones, and first inclined ladders installed:















So much for now, I should have another update in a week from now.

As always, thanks for looking in and commenting!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 04:22 PM GMT+7
Thank you very much, Micheal, Russ and Si!!

Yes indeed I am very happy with the work on the wooden decl started, that somehow marks the point of no return to all the work on the hull and brass additions. So the touch up and repair is declared finished for good or for bad...and she's really looking so much nicer sitting on the shipyard with the forecastle wood deck down now! I hope I'll get some good progress over the coming weekend!

Thanks for looking and commenting!!

Cheers


Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 04:08 AM GMT+7
Great work Jan,

She is looking good with the deck down.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 10:23 PM GMT+7
Superb work Jan, on what is a beast of a kit! (& not the good, X-men kind of Beast, either )

Michael's hit the nail on the head: you've reached a major milestone in laying down the wood deck

After this kit, you'll need a nice Tamiya, or new tool Airfix wing thing to recover

Russ
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 08:51 PM GMT+7
Hi Jan,
It's been a while since I caught up with your progress. Firstly, very nice work on the flag lockers, a really neat solution. The gaps, as Russ said, a Trumpeter necessity to make you feel like you're truly modelling though I am sure at times we would all rather do with out the filling and sanding.
The deck looks great and I think it always a milestone when it starts to go on.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 04:44 PM GMT+7
Okay, some more work done.

First of all, filling and sanding all the gaps on the lower bridge. Over the week, I painted several layers of Mr. Surfacer, so by Saturday it was ready for sanding down and painting.









I know it's not perfectly even, but that's the best I can get without risking a lot of collateral damage (not to mention that I feel the need to finally go on!!).

Next was repairing a considerable amount of damage that had occurred over time to the hull paint, while working on all the PE from the shelter deck etc. At the same time I re-installed the rudder that I had broken off at some point of time, and I installed the shafts. I had painted them metal color, but was made aware that they'd actually been red, or reddish. So I over-sprayed the, but not entirely, so that you can see a little metal shining through.





Next - 'installing' dark non-skid on the shelter deck. Quite a lot of masking and touch ups required...



Next - started work on some inclined ladders. I build some from Lion Roar, but decided (a little late) that it might be a smart idea to paint some PE frets first.





Finally it seemed about right to install the wooden deck. This proved rather complicated - the laser cutting was not 100% cutting through all parts, so I could not get the wood in one piece. Not a big problem, halfway through I decided to cut it in smaller pieces anyway to make installation easier. The forecastle is pretty busy with small stuff, and it was challenging to get the wood in place. Actually, at some points it failed, mainly around the lower bridge. That may be the case because I replaced the lower bridge by PE parts, so a different fit than the original kit's part. Some repair required, I am not entirely happy, but that should work - and should be concealed once all the smaller stuff will be shipped...









So much for today, next update should be here in a week from now!!

Thanks for looking in!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 11:07 PM GMT+7
good to hear you had a great time, mate
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 04:39 PM GMT+7
Russ, Dave and Si,

great to see you still in on this build, despite some, well, slower times..
Thank you so much for your kind comments!! - Yep, those flag lockers, and the structure, gave me some headache...needs some tidying up, still, but should look all right in the end.

Russ - leave was great! Spent some time in California once more, and it's so great to see how nature comes alive there, after the rain!! Never seen those hills green like this year, and talked to some locals, they said it really has been a while - several years - since it last time looked like this spring!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 08:17 AM GMT+7
Hi Jan,

Welcome back, good to see some progress again. Like fix on the flag lockers, very neat indeed.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 04:50 AM GMT+7
Jan,

Hope you had a great vacation!!

Your attention to detail always amazes me, especially when it comes to improvising fixes to problems encountered. I need to learn how to do that instead of shying away from it.

She is coming along amazingly, cant wait to see more.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 11:45 PM GMT+7
Hi Jan!

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

did you go anywhere nice?

Great work on the Hood and those flag lockers...

Ah yes, those Trumpeter gaps! What can i say? I think they must own shares in gap filler companies
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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 05:53 AM GMT+7
Si, Russ and Mark,

thank you very much for your comments!! And all, thank you for your patience!! I hope you'll still stick around, even after this extended break - substantial longer than I planned...

However, here is an update, and to the ship, not to AAA or boats or the like.

First, I still was not sure what to do about the flag lockers that I had removed earlier and scratch built some new. Looking at EJ Foeth's build I know that there need to be some supports under those lockers, but several trials to build something from styrene looked rather poor and clumsy. So I went back to my 'old PE box' and just looked what could be of some use.

Here's the flag lockers



First thing I came across were some awning stanchions



but they were too short. And there should be an additional structure.
Something from my old WEM Graf Spee kit looked good - a structure that should support the catapult, that I ended up not using back then.



Parts modified and put together





All glued in place.













Well, not perfect, but should do - considering the rather concealed place where it will be in the end.

Next - finally - gluing the lower bridge in place.









All kinds of gaps that have to be dealt with...no surprise here.









Trusted old Mr. Surfacer 500 brushed on









Will see how it looks when it is cured - probably a few more layers needed.

And finally for today, the awning stanchions, upside down, with a little more support added, glued in place. Once they are painted they should look ok...









That's it for today, next update should be following after the next weekend - I should find some good bench time then, I hope!!

Thank you all for your patience and thank you for stopping by and looking in!!

Cheers,
Jan


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Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 02:29 PM GMT+7
Very very nice work. Patience paid off.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 09:09 AM GMT+7
Fantastic work on the light AA Jan!

Definitely a relief to have all of them completed before your holiday!

Enjoy the time away from 'real life' and the bench and we'll be waiting to see the next update on your Hood!