I'd like to do the Hood myself but given all my other projects (and my utter demoralization in the face of Jan's planned masterpiece), it may be a Swordfish.
Well, well - we shall see regarding the 'masterpiece'...a long way to go and very many chances to cause smaller or bigger catastrophes...but thank you for your kind words!!
And indeed, not time to waste - as Trumpy arranged for a little 'rough' start
Portholes drilled out, and the degaussing cable removed (including some smaller cuts to my fingertips
). Initially I was hoping to save the lids above the portholes, but that soon became unrealistic, so I will see how I rebuild them - probably some copper wire.
Mating of upper and lower hull
First impression: way better than the (some years newer) Repulse kit. Bow and stern lining up quite well, and no stronger force required.
Second Impression - there is a slight misfit almost along the entire joint of the hull halves. Half a mm, even less, but surfacer required along the entire length of the ship
And sanding the next day - starting with a medium coarse paper, but soon working up to some stuff that I don't usually use while modeling, more when working at the house...so that would have been the death to any hull details anyway...
But I think it's doing the job. Bow and stern looking all right, and some more surfacer - maybe two rounds, we will see - should get me there.
As this filling and sanding process will keep me busy next, I am not sure whether there will be much to show, but maybe I start with some other parts, like weapons, boats... while the hull is drying. The hawsepipes will be opened of course, and some more details to work on, but first I must get the general shape right.
So - no time to waste...