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HMS Hood 1941 - Trumpeter 1/350 + Lion Roar
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:28 AM UTC
nice update/progress Jan!

Interesting to note in the overall shots of Hood she has what seems to be quite a clean appearance with little clutter, but upon close inspection she was quite a "busy" design by the standards of her day

Seeing how good she looks almost, I say again almost, makes me think about adding her to my "list"... But then again, I Must. Empty. Stash!
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 08:10 AM UTC
Very tidy etch work there Jan,

The ladders look the part, still appears to be laods of detail to go. Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 06:42 AM UTC
Russ,

Thank you very much Mate!!

Already busy and away from home again, I'm just posting a bunch of pictures from the latest progress on my laptop...

In general the pictures should speak for themselves - small stuff like ladders, additional railings, working on Carley Floats and ammo boxes. I decided to omit the offered PE fronts to the boxes, since the molding is actually quite good and the PE parts a slightly too big. Therefor the ejector marks on the back of the boxes requires attention.

So here are the pictures...





































So much for today,

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 10:28 AM UTC
Hi Jan!

I second what Tim and Si have said!

Don't beat yourself up over the small things, mate.

Your Hood is looking great and is a huge improvement over the kit parts.

And, like you said, sometimes we feel the need to move the build on, and it's important to get a sense of progress on a build.

Bring on the next update!

ps. Real life is a pain sometimes, but we know you'll comment on our builds when time allows
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 07:08 AM UTC
Hi Tim and Si,

thank you so much for your comments and encouragement! That's very kind. And yes, it is improvement over the kit's parts, and after two days I start liking even the control top...

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 05:12 AM UTC
Hi Jan,

Control top looks the part in place Jan, the distinctive look of the Mighty Hood is there mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 01:29 AM UTC
Jan,

Don't beat yourself up about any less than perfect details - your Hood's spotting top, starfish, and "face" are HUGE improvements over the kit parts! I continue to enjoy watching your mighty Hood come together.

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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 12:19 AM UTC
Russ, Mark and Michael,

thank you so much for your kind comments!! That's highly appreciated!!

I'm feeling bad by now since I still have not commented on all your great builds out there on MSW, but somehow, after struggling for a while, I feel the urge to use my spare time at the work bench. This is the last day of my leave, back to work tomorrow, and that will cut down my bench time significantly. However, I'll make good what I missed out on MSW during the week....

So here is what I managed on my HMS Hood. Mainly working on the spotting top.



Starfish with yardarms and additional railings fitted.





Adding some more depth to the antenna arrays on top of the spotting top: cut and bent pieces of railing to form a half pipe that I added on the back of the antennas.









So here's the spotting top. Some touch ups still to do. I am not so happy with how the 'window row' turned out, from close up it is all to clear that it is a piece of PE glued to the plastic. Concealing that would have meant quite a lot extra effort. I don't know...possibly should have tried harder. But I feel some kind of urge to get on with my project....and from a little distance the impression is ok.





And installed on the starfish and an overview. Need to do some touch ups and probably add a few details, such as ladders and access etc..., nothing in the instructions, but I think there's some on other references.











So much for now, as always thanks for looking in, and thanks for all comments, especially as I am slow right now in valuing all your work!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 10:42 PM UTC
I Like that starfish platform! Certainly a big improvement over the kit piece which is what make us do it of course. It always seems worth it in the end.
Sloppy instructions seem to be par for the course for etch suppliers, something I am struggling with at the moment from Infini.
Keep up the progress Jan.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 11:40 AM UTC
Man that platform looks massive on that Tri-pod.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 09:41 AM UTC
Hi Jan!

Welcome back from your holidays! Sounds like you had a great time! Hopefully the was cold and the weather warm!

Great to see you back at the bench and the Mighty 'ood progressing! That PE starfish looks good, but as always the Trumpy bug continues to bight, hey?

Never mind, you can do it mate! Nearing the finish line now
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 07:44 AM UTC
Hi Mark and Si,

thank you very much for your kind comments! I managed to get a little bench time today, here the results.

Some parts shipped on board, and more work on sub assemblies. Got the air and the hairy sticks back to work...









Dry fitting the Trumpi parts for the forward lookout / artillery control. Arrrgh...



Eliminating the plastic "windows"



and preparations to install the Eduard PE, painting the background black and of course surfacer...





Starfish platform installed - it is slowly getting the characteristic an unique look







Cheers and thanks for looking,

Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 06:18 AM UTC
Looking great Jan,

The etchwork on the starfish is excellent, great improvement on the kit part.

Keep up the good work,

Si
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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2018 - 02:37 PM UTC
Logic! That leaves me out. Nice PE work, your Hood is really shaping up nicely.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2018 - 07:37 AM UTC
Dear all,

I'm not going to elaborate on why it took me well over a month for my next update. Several reasons, the last two weeks pretty enjoyable though - spent some holidays in England and Scotland.

I'll be commenting on all your great builds later, the posted link the the HMS Hood movie was a nice motivation, though. Almost looks like they are pulling her out of Greenock for the very first time. Just how high she is riding!!

But here's something on my HMS Hood.

More small stuff, and starting fire control and top of foremast. And rectified the wrong painted foremast, it was black from about the hight of the funnel caps on upwards.

Just some pictures:

















And started with the forward starfish, I chose the Eduard version. Eduards instructions are basically non existing - they show a drawing of the completed piece and the parts you'll need. However, with some logic it's rather straight forward. Here's a step by step as I did it.

The parts





Some trial and error, mainly looking at the indicated bends, length of the parts and the engravings on the platform. Glueing each individual part to achieve sturdiness in the whole thing.















I'm pretty happy with the result - certainly an improvement over the kit's plastic part!



More hopefully sonn, thanks for looking in as always!! I really do appreciate your support and patience!!

Cheers,

Jan
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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.

Mark
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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