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HMS Hood 1941 - Trumpeter 1/350 + Lion Roar
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 05:54 AM UTC
Russ, Damian, Mark and Si,

thank you for your very kind words and for your support during the three years of the build!
I'm glad that sharing some detail, and all the highs and low during the time was helpful - sharing it and getting feedback and motivation fromm all of you here at MSW helped me a lot to continue and finally finish and commission my HMS Hood!

The badge actually came with the Lion Roar set, its very pretty!

Cheers and thank you all again,

Jan

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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 07:26 AM UTC
Hi Jan,

Sorry I missed the commissioning, Great job, I have enjoyed the ride.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 08:06 PM UTC
Bea. My Hats off to you. Is the HMS Hood Badge part of the set containing the Bismarck Badge. If so, that is one Item that I am lucky and proud to own.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Monday, June 03, 2019 - 12:00 AM UTC
This has been an amazing thread to follow for a Shipwright beginner like myself. All of the highs and lows all rolled into one story with a spectacular ending. Great job getting Hood settled with the rest of the fleet, and thanks again for sharing so much detail of your work along the way.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2019 - 11:07 PM UTC
It was a great ride Jan!

Thanks for sharing all the highs and lows!

Looking forward to the next project to hit shipyards!
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 06:31 AM UTC
Mark, Thomas, Russ and Michael,

thank you so much for you kind comments!!

And thank you for following and staying with me over the last years, over several ups and downs and almost stalling periods!

Your - and all others here on MSW - support was not only helpful, it was crucial at times. Despite all setbacks, by now I love her seeing her with the rest of the fleet!

Thank you again and cheers,

Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 06:10 PM UTC
It's six months since I managed to look in on this build and what perfect timing! You have had your ups and downs with this build Jan but your perseverance has paid with a great version of Hood. It looks mighty against your other builds and awesome in your navy.

Cheers
Michael
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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019 - 12:03 AM UTC
Congratulations on what can only be described as a superb build!

Your persistence and determination have paid off and, even though there were some dramatic setbacks, you have caught this glacier! And what a glacier! Hood is a deceiving beast: she looks straight forward from a distance but upon closer inspection is a very detailed ship and modelling her is a huge task!

Well done mate! It's definitely time to crack open a few and celebrate her commissioning!

It's also great to see her alongside Repulse and Prince of Wales. Interesting to see how the no-compromise approach to speed led to Hood's finer lines, versus the brute power of the Prince of Wales.

The rest of the fleet's in fine shape too!

Keep up the good work Jan, looking forward to the next build!
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 06:32 PM UTC
Jan,

congratulation for your patience, endurance and, last but not least, skills to finish this huge ship. You have now a real beauty sitting in your stash!

Looking forward to your next project!

Grüße aus dem Süden

Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 12:37 PM UTC
Jan,

congratulations on a fine finish. She looks wonderful sitting up their with the rest of the fleet. Looking forward to your next build, you sound very excited about it.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 07:37 AM UTC
And finally, together with the rest of the fleet in my office.









More than ten years ago, must have been around 2006/07/08-ish, I did a Prince of Wales and Hood in 1/400 scale, the old Heller kits. No airbrush than, no PE. At the time I liked them, but today...



So, that's it for my three years build HMS Hood - the time, even though I know I'm slow, has been unusually long. I had to move in between, was busy with my job and bench time was rare at times. However, it's done! And despite the mishap at the end, that was about to break my motivation, seeing her sitting with the rest of the fleet makes me happy and I already love her again.

Now - the slipway is empty, but not for long. First I have to clean and reorganize thoroughly - somehow I ignored that over the last months, and the little shipyard tuned into something like a mess. So that will be done next weekend.

And then - stand by for something very special. I am giving you a little teaser without giving away what it will be:
I'm going completely out of my normal way of modeling. In scale, in time of the original, and it will be waterline. And resin. Well, scale, waterline and resin are simply due to that there's no other model of that ship (yet).

Most important: for me, to build a ship's model, I have to have some affection for that ship. Now, the next build I'm going to do here, that's the ship I have, and will have forever, the most affection one can ever have for any ship!!

Enough teaser?
I hope you'll be with me on my next build, that I will start here within the next weeks!

Cheers,
Jan

(and now I have some )
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 07:21 AM UTC
A little comparison - with HMS Repulse:















...with HMS Prince of Wales:



















...and all three together:







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JJ1973
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 07:03 AM UTC
Gentlemen,

thank you very much for your kind comments, to the unfortunate havoc I created, the recovery, and most of all, for your support over the last three years!!

I started this build on May 21 2016, 75 years after Bismarck and Prinz Eugen set out to sea for the Rheinübung. I initially planned to finish within a year for the Bismarck-Campaign, but things developed differently.

Now, I decided to declare her finished and commissioned. Now, that was actually yesterday, 24 May 2019, on the day 78 years after her destruction. Honestly, that was not planned - I only realized yesterday evening, when I took the last pictures, what day it was. But I think it's a good day for commissioning HMS Hood.





I'll be posting more pictures following this one, largely without comments.
I decided to leave her at that, and avoid running danger for another havoc. I have to say that I'm not satisfied especially with the rigging, but I am just to afraid of doing more damage if I try to 'repair' things...

So here comes HMS Hood!
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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:01 AM UTC

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Great job on the rebuild/repair, Jan! I feel your pain... as much as I resist some of the less engaging aspects of modeling (painting is my own nemesis), I absolutely HATE rework of something already accomplished!

Anyway, my compliments on a solid recovery. She is looking beautiful once again!




What Tim said!

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 - 03:59 AM UTC
Oh no!! You'll pull this off but bummer that happened!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 - 01:36 AM UTC
Great job on the rebuild/repair, Jan! I feel your pain... as much as I resist some of the less engaging aspects of modeling (painting is my own nemesis), I absolutely HATE rework of something already accomplished!

Anyway, my compliments on a solid recovery. She is looking beautiful once again!

JJ1973
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Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 - 12:58 AM UTC
Si, Russ and Thomas,

thank you for your encouragement!!

Well, I'm back in the game - kind of. I fixed some of the damage, and I should be able to finish and commission in two or three weeks, since I won't have any bench time next weekend.
However, damage was beyond perfect repair, or otherwise I would have to strip and rebuild major parts of the forward superstructure and the mast. And I don't find the motivation for that - so there will be effects visible on part of the rigging, and I hope I will be able to do sufficient touch ups with the hairy stick.

Here's what I accomplished so far:







Now I hope that I will be able to repair damage to the forward platform, some parts fell of and need to find a place. I hope I'll be able to glue them where they belong...



So far for now,

Cheers and thanks,

Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 07:29 AM UTC
Jan,

Mate, seriously bad joss, I hope nothing is seriously damaged or lost.

This is a getting straight back on the horse situation, but I would recommend a large tincture of Scottish wine first though.

I have every confidence you can fix this, I have dropped one or two in my time & I know it hurts, but most of them I have recovered from.

Good luck mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 09:42 AM UTC


OMG! I feel your pain, Jan!

Nothing can take the enthusiasm from your build more than an accident like this: not sure how I'd recover...

As for the clear coat dilemma: I always clear coat before rigging, this prevents any chance of frosting on the lines; I lay down a base gloss coat before applying the mat (or satin); and always, always practice on a test mule before the real thing!

Thomas, that jig looks awesome-not sure it's available here though
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 02:55 AM UTC
Oh well thats really annoying! I can really recommend you a wooden gadget I use for my ship builds:





It is called LMG BB-11 Building berth from LMG of Ukraina. I´ve bought it maybe a year ago at the Sockelshop but you surely might find it also elswhere. It was not expensive, you can adjust the two "holding arms" according to the ship´s lenght and width and you can fix the ship with the two wooden claws and even more safely and professionally with the two provided screws and nuts if wanted.

Have a beer, sing "we shall overcome" and fix the damage quickly
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM UTC
Jan,

Sorry to hear about the accident. Been there, I learned to keep the heavy stuff off the upper shelves and don't reach without looking at the item.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 09:31 PM UTC
Well, well....some days you better stay in bed....

Now, after some silence here, I was not entirely idle but was slowly doing all the rigging - something I'm simply not good at and can only do little at a time. So this was progressing over the last weeks, and yesterday I was about to get ready for commission. Considering Tim's advise not to do a clear coat.

Ensign was already up and I was literally working on the last few bits of the rigging, when she capsized on my work bench...







I Wasen't even (mentally) able to do a full damage assessment, I just set her back on her keel, assembled the parts that were broken off and let her sit.

Now I need to find some motivation to fix this. I don't know if I feel ready for it next weekend. I hope I find a way fixing it without breaking away and cutting all the rigging I've done so far, well, we will see....

First time ever something like that happens to my. But there's always a 'first'...

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 12:51 PM UTC
Agree with Si, I too will miss having this build to follow when you are done. Great work, my friend!

One thing Jan... not to scare you, but over the years I've had one or two disasters when it comes to clear coats! For what it's worth, from the pics your gorgeous Hood doesn't really seem to need a clear coat. Is it worth the risk?