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HMS Hood 1941 - Trumpeter 1/350 + Lion Roar
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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:40 AM UTC
Jan,

Looks like you have made a lot progress, very nice work. Nothing like having good tools to work with that PE. Those davits look sweet.

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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 04:13 AM UTC
Great update Jan,

She is really coming on, some very fine etch work mate.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:21 AM UTC
a fantastic update Jan

of course you are experiencing all the "Trumpeter fun" I had with the Prinz, but you are handling it nicely!

Keep at it mate, you're getting there!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 06:05 AM UTC
Dear all,

the promised update!

Small stuff prepared



next breakwaters added





and those small cranes forward modified. There was a nice etch part for them in the Eduard set.





Fire control to for the armored bridge





and installed along with some railing.







A bunch of tiny cranes or davids to be folded from PE (Eduard):



With some help of a bending tool











There were actually eight of them on the Ed set, I bent them all in shape even though I have not figured out yet where all of them go. Two were indicated for the aft searchlight platform. Does this make sense? But it looks busy...

Much more complicated were the aft .50 cal platforms, they need a ruling instead of that closed tub from the base kit. The PE provided by Eduard is to sturdy, but a combination from the Eduarde base plate, ammo boxes and the softer Lion Roar railing looks quite ok.







All in place:





More railing - this one actually proofed a little bit challenging - you can see the mixture of gold and grey color. Installing those parts, mirrored port and starboard, I found that port side was just fine, while on starboard there was a significant gap, about 1mm. Apparently, the lower bridge is not exactly centered - what, on reflection, is pretty likely, remembering all the fitting I had to do to get those metal parts aligned. With the naked eye, it looks just fine, but the railing proofed - it is slightly off center. Now rectifying that is entirely out of question, nor only because of the immense work and danger to the structure, just because I remember how glad I was that I eventually had a position where the parts would fit. So modifying the railing. I did find railing parts with larger distance between the stanchions, which is imported: having a different number or lineup of stanchions port and starboard would make the mistake all to obvious. Having the same lineup, but one part slightly larger will hopefully conceal it a bit...



Finally one particular nuisance, the top fire control. Consisting of two parts, I seriously was unsure whether I had the right parts - but I had. But what a poor fit. Here some pictures after some serious cutting and sanding.







Here with some surfacer, it will need some more...





Some rounds of filling and sanding, and we shall see....

So much for now - there is progress, but I seriously under estimated the amount of small stuff that is almost everywhere. But those parts bring the ship to life, HMS Hood had REALLY busy upper decks...

As always, thanks for looking in!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 04:35 PM UTC
Russ and Si,

thank you very much for your comments!!

I actually do have another update ready, got some progress on a myriad of small and tiny things. I only need to find some time to post it, I hope I'll have it up either later today or tomorrow...

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 06:15 AM UTC
Good to see some progress Jan,

The vents and other deck details can feel never ending, but they do really add something when they are in place.

Keep up the good work,

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, July 02, 2018 - 01:17 PM UTC

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And another month gone - where is the time? And why is there so little time for modeling these months for me??



Yes! I feel your pain Jan! So little time-so many models!


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Anyway, yes, here's a little more progress.

First I finished the two missing 44" searchlights. And then I started working on a myriad of small and tiny stuff that somehow was a little repelling to me - all kinds of vents and the like, that clutter HMS Hood's upper decks.


Even simple parts, all of them had to be cleaned up carefully.
Than they needed to find the right places. I admit that at that point I just followed the Trumpi instructions - all those holes are in the wooden deck anyway and would have to be taken care of in case they are wrong. And somehow I simply wanted to get the small stuff installed to get some visible progress.



It's great to see you get a bit of time at the bench even though there's not been much opportunity the last few months. All these small details will pay off soon though as you start adding them to the ship



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Finally an overview of where I am at - considering that quite some small stuff is ready and waiting in various boxes (like 4" AA, all the boats, the PomPoms, the .5" quads) this is not too bad. I just need time and motivation for the final push...



Looking good here and progress is ready and waiting to be shipped!



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We will see when that eventually happens....

For the time being, thank you all for still following along, and thank you for each and any comment!

Cheers,
Jan



Don't give up! Soon you will be at commissioning! Anyone who finishes Hood deserves a few as it really is a monumental effort to build her!

Always a pleasure to see an update and cheer you on mate!
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Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2018 - 06:41 AM UTC
Hi Mark,

thanks for your kind comment, and you are absolutely correct here! And they are painful to prep, oh yes...

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2018 - 06:02 AM UTC
Jan,

Nice progress with your Hood. Those little pieces are a pain to prep, but they sure add to the looks of the ship when they are install and weathered.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2018 - 04:54 AM UTC
And another month gone - where is the time? And why is there so little time for modeling these months for me??

Anyway, yes, here's a little more progress.

First I finished the two missing 44" searchlights. And then I started working on a myriad of small and tiny stuff that somehow was a little repelling to me - all kinds of vents and the like, that clutter HMS Hood's upper decks.





Even simple parts, all of them had to be cleaned up carefully.
Than they needed to find the right places. I admit that at that point I just followed the Trumpi instructions - all those holes are in the wooden deck anyway and would have to be taken care of in case they are wrong. And somehow I simply wanted to get the small stuff installed to get some visible progress.
So here it is:













Finally an overview of where I am at - considering that quite some small stuff is ready and waiting in various boxes (like 4" AA, all the boats, the PomPoms, the .5" quads) this is not too bad. I just need time and motivation for the final push...





We will see when that eventually happens....

For the time being, thank you all for still following along, and thank you for each and any comment!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 02:38 PM UTC
Gentlemen,

thank you very much for still following and, even more for your kind and encouraging comments!! That's quite some motivation to help me over times where the build is really slow!!

Thank you again, most appreciated!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018 - 09:15 PM UTC
Hi Jan,

When it comes down to it, it's your model and you can do what makes you feel good. I like what you did. Keep up the great work.

Cheers
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Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018 - 12:03 PM UTC
Ditto to all those comments Jan. The detail looks to be worth the effort. I have built some of those NorthStar searchlights and sometimes there can be just too much etch I think.

cheers
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 02:16 PM UTC
Hi Jan,

great to see some progress. The compass platform looks nice and busy. The searchlights look great too.

The old girl really is coming on.
keep up the good work mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 04:39 AM UTC

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Finally, I put some bridge equipment in place - pure fantasy and for effect of looking busy. IŽd feel those parts could make some sense as I installed them, but honestly, I did not make any reality checks, I just think it looks nice and busy. I hope you let me get away with that...





Yes, we'll let you get away with that

It's just good to see you still working on the Hood mate!

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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 01:38 AM UTC
Lots of PE for those searchlights but they do make them look mighty fine. Nice work.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 12:15 AM UTC
Hi all!

All right, here comes an update - after quite some hiatus, as Si says at his Warspite build. Here quite the same. At the same time, please apologise for not commenting on all your great builds and build logs - I have to catch up some time soon.

With my HMS Hood, somehow over the last couple of weeks, I failed to get "in the zone" (another quote from Si), and that might be at least partly due to all the small stuff I'm working on. However, I have the feeling that, would I allow myself now to start with i.e. the big guns, I would neglect the myriad of small stuff I still have to do.

The 44" searchlights from NorthStar were not helpful - excellent pieces they are, but pretty fiddly to build.

So here's some progress.

Removed the kits parts of the anchor windlasses:



and new ones in place.





I tried to glue some oars on top of those Carley floats, but there are now fitting ones. I cut some to fit, but I don't like the look of it, simply odd. I removed that again, no oars on the floats....



More small stuff underway....









And 44" searchlights. At build no. four I came up with a way to properly joining those "crossbars" in fron of the lens. Fixing one part in a PE bending tool, then adding the second part.





Searchlight impressions. I think I'm getting better with the later ones.













Well, still time to improve - somehow I was certain I would have to do four - when I finished No four, I put them back into the box, only to see that I need six. Oh well....

So, finally, four searchlights in place (two more to come).







Finally, I put some bridge equipment in place - pure fantasy and for effect of looking busy. IŽd feel those parts could make some sense as I installed them, but honestly, I did not make any reality checks, I just think it looks nice and busy. I hope you let me get away with that...













So that's it for today!

Thank you once more for your patience, thank you for following and all comments, which I really appreciate. They help staying on the topic!

Cheers,
Jan

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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 02:07 AM UTC
good to see you're getting some time back at the bench mate
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 11:43 PM UTC
Very nice work indeed Jan.

The North star searchlight certainly looks worth the effort & hard work.

Great to see a bit more progress.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 09:45 AM UTC
Dear all,

thank you so much for still looking in and your kind comments, that's most appreciated!!

Si's copperwire - producing rigging material for those who don't manage to do it from stretched sprue like myself! Si (RedDuster) brought it up here, simpel very thin copper wire straightened under a ruler or the like and cut into length. Si, maybe you are better to give a quick explanation or a link to one of your build logs?? Works great!

So a long weekend, and I managed about two hours in the workshop. Had visitors over the weekend, barbecue, beer and all of that...sad real life issues ;-)

Quick update, spraying some NorthStar bridge equipment and anchor winches (from Shapeways):





And building one singe 44" searchlight from NortsStar - rather fiddly...but looks nice.









That alone took about all the bench time I could squeeze in...here test-fitted on board:



And that's it for today. Underway the next days, next update should be better, but probably two weeks away.

Thanks for looking in and cheers,

Jan
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 08:31 PM UTC

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I am using Si's copper wire method that I have come to like.



I like the look of that and I have this kit in my stash. What is this method?
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 03:43 PM UTC
Great to see you got some time at the bench Jan!

and time well spent it was too mate!
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 05:18 AM UTC
Jan,

Awesome work you gotten done in the past seven weeks.

The copper wire for the funnels is something I never seen before, but I really like it. Is there a link for demo on how it is done? This is something I am going to have to give a try at.

Again very nice work with the superstructure, she is really taking shape.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:17 AM UTC


Wow, Jan, these latest pictures show that your under-the-paint detailing is really starting to pay off!

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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:44 PM UTC
Hi Si!

That you very much for your kind comment and great to see that you're still with me after this long silence...

One thing I forgot to mention in my update, the carley floats - I decided to go mainly with the kit's parts, without replacing the net by etch. The parts don't actually look all the bad, and the idea is to paint the 'nets' dirty brown with a hairy stick and add oars, so that will be well concealed.

Cheers,
Jan