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Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:33 pm
by tom1992
Hi Guy's,

A quick update,

Now finished up to issue 21, just about to start the planking :dance: Just need to file the frames to the right shape ( I forgot the proper word :oops: :laughing-rolling: )

Here's the little reinforcement pieces all glued up.
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And the rear decks in position.
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(I have glued the decks to each other making one large removable section. I am debating whether to glue the sternward removable deck with the bowward removable deck to make one big one (like I've done with my Bissy) or to keep them seperate??????? I am thinking about the latter more.)

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Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:56 pm
by tom1992
Hi all,

After almost a month without doing anything to any of my models (due to being extreemely busy :cry: ) I have finally made time to work on them again :D

On the Hood I am starting to sand down the frames to accomodate the planking. to do this I have made myself a new sanding stick. please see pics,

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Pretty cool innit?
If any of you were interested, it is actually made from a bit of Bismarck deck ply with some sandpaper superglued to it. the handle is made from (again Bismarck) deck support blocks with a couple of strips of spare planking glued to it. :D

I shall show you pics of the finished sanding prior to planking soon,

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:16 pm
by tom1992
Ahoy all!

yes! I am back after many years I know to finally finish my HMS Hood model! :D apologies for the time it's taken me to get back to this model and also for the fact all the old photos have disappeared... this is due to me shutting down my photobucket account (as it started charging me) and having to sever all the picture links. but I'm compressing them all direct from my file so it shouldn't happen again... :shifty:

Anyway, so since I last posted, she has now had her frames chamfered and the planking has started to go on. (as I type I've actually finished the planking but I may as well continue where I left off the diary! ;) ) she has also had her decks fully glued down as I have no intention of converting to R/C.

You can see the size comparison between her and the Bismarck and the Titanic. a little bit longer. I also have my reference material ready in the form of the book 'Anatomy of the ship: HMS Hood' by John Roberts and a full size (1:200) plan taken from the cover of said book and enlarged to be 1:1 scale, this helps with comparing elements of the build before installing them. :geek:

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:01 pm
by tom1992
Evening all! :D

The 1st layer of planking continues on my Hood, throwback memories to my Bismarck build! ah, good times! ;) looking forward to seeing them side by side for sure!
I've also made up the bow section, interesting that this is made out of two plastic halves whereas the Bismarck had 3 resin cast pieces... :think: not sure which version I prefer tbh...

enjoy.

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:33 pm
by tom1992
Good evening guys/gals!

Work continues on my Hood 1st layer planking, running all the way down to the false keel plates.
The completed plastic bow section is also attached to the model using superglue gel which also acts like a filler, filling the gaps between the plastic and wooden bulkhead and planks.
In this update, the decks are now permanently glued to the hull.
Also, deviating from the instructions ever so slightly, I'm adding the planks to the false feel plates which forms part of the 2nd layer planking now and then adding another layer on top. The reason for this is because I've measured and matched up my Hood to the 1:1 plans I've got and the hull seems to be slightly under thickness on the bottom. So I'm adding another layer just on the flat bottom to get the correct dimensions. I'm also slightly modifying how the bow and stern laser-cut profiles fit onto the hull as I'm not happy with how thick the armour belt looks on the hull. more on that later.

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:34 pm
by tom1992
more pics

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:14 pm
by Mark
Looking good Tom. You’re making a lovely job of the planking.

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:29 pm
by tom1992
Thanks Mark!
I do enjoy the planking stage. Especially when you get a nice smooth steel like finish out of it.
I'm glad I started this model up again. It's been staring at me for so long! ;) looking forward to getting her finished and sat alongside the Bismarck. :D

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:12 pm
by tom1992
Ahoy shipmates! 07

Today sees me starting on the huge task of sanding the hull ready for the second layer of planking! gonna be a long old slog! will have a couple of breaks in between to do a few other bits and pieces... we'll see how we go. :D

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:59 pm
by tom1992
Evening all,

Between bouts of sanding and allowing my arms and fingers to rest, I'm jumping ahead in the build sequence and working on a couple of miscellaneous bits.
first of which is the temporary build cradle for the hull.
Nothing special here, just cleaning up the burnt edges left over from the laser engraving process and gluing together using PVA, keeping straight with the aid of a couple of mini engineers squares and good ol' Lego/Duplo blocks! :D

I'm also starting work on the main 15" gun turrets. unlike the Bismarck which were made up of wooden frames and clad in etch-brass panels, these are 2-piece molded plastic parts. a couple of advantages and disadvantages with this method but far easier it has to be said. :lol:
I had a couple of fitting issues, mainly around the area between the gun barrel openings as this was flimsy and not very well supported. a strip of platicard and some putty sorted that issue out and a little correction around the rip of the base allowed all 4 turrets to be finished without too much difficulty. The etched brass bits were a bit fiddly but I got there in the end. ;)

Stay tuned for more! 8-)

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:22 pm
by tom1992
Hiya Guys!

Apologies for the in activity recently but work on the Hood has continued but I just haven't had the time to resize all the images and post them on here! :(
Never mind, so just to keep you updated with the current level of progress, here is a link to my OneDrive wit all the Hood photos on it. feel free to browse at your leisure.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!At6G-62Zc3oQpGw2U89GIQY6mSc-?e=fOpLdi

Current progress is that the hull is now fully finished, with the propeller shafts fitted but without the propellers for now. The black band hasn't yet been painted yet but will in due course. unlike other ships, HMS Hood did not have a Anti-fouling red paint on her lower hull! it was the same grey as the upper hull which makes it much easier for us modellers! :D
Also, the 4 turrets and their barbettes have been fully finished, just not painted just yet. I've bought an upgrade set (for the trumpeter model) to replace some of bad castings, (especially the gun barrels!) and used a special technique to give a canvas effect to the blast bags.
And finally, to date, most of the small ships boats have now been assembled and painted in the correct colours. Sources for this were helped by the HMS Hood association and a few reference books and photos.

That's it for now, next update as and when I do any more work on her! ;)

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:32 pm
by tom1992
Top coat of Royal Navy Home fleet dark grey (507A) applied, Just needs a couple of coats of varnish and that will be finished.

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:11 am
by number1
Lovely job on the hull, might start trying to get more done on mine!

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:43 am
by tom1992
Thanks number 1! :)
What's the current progress on yours?

Re: Tom's HMS Hood

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:10 pm
by number1
Hi Tom, my build diary is the twelve one down from yours, a lot of pics have disappeared thanks to photobucket, very little progress since.