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Time for a new project;

The 1/350 HMS Hood with some aftermarket add-ons;

Artworx wooden deck;

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Flyhawk PE and Trumpeter after market set (mainly for the barrels;

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Eduard PE along with Northstar secondary guns mounts, Vickers MGs, searchlights and bridge equipment and White Ensign replacement turrets;

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It's going to be a long project and it's a bit hard to know where to start really - so started on the hull;

Removed the moulded degausing cable and drilled the scuttles to give a bit more depth - some where filled and replaced using various photos as references along with the hawse pipe hull openings;

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Scrapped away the moulded chain and drilled the deck hawse pipe openings;

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Fore deck fitted with the bow full of filler - when it's dry I'll try and drill the hawse pipes to connect hull and deck openings. Never tried it before but if it doesn't work the anchors and gratings will cover it, so worth a go;

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Thanks for looking.

 

Cheers

 

Nick

  

 

 

 

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Looking and appreciating! Had a Hood in the stash that I had to sell for cash, so I'll be living vicariously through you until that's rectified again.  Nice idea on drilling the haws pipes. Hope it works, cause if so I'll be keeping that in mind.

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Cheers chaps, glad to have you along, although it may be a short trip;

Disaster has struck already!!

Came home from a night away with work thinking I'll drill out the hawse pipes, only to find the filler has 'melted' the bow - not sure how or why - anyone seen this before?

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Really annoyed, I've been looking forward to starting this kit for ages and his happens at the start, oh well.

I guess it must be something to do with the solvent in the filler and the fact that I packed so much in to fill the bow. The plastic's gone really soft. 

So to try and fix it - more filler!! I've ordered  some 5 thou plasticard to rebuild the plates when the fillers dried and sanded, have to see if she can be salvaged 

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The bow deck should be ok as it'll be covered by the wooden deck;

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Fitted the decks to the hull so it feels like somethings been achieved;

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Cheers

 

Nick

 

 

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Get the big mishaps out of the way first, I say! I can only imagine the terrible feeling upon see that, but glad to see you are persevering!

Well done, she probably won't look she's had a nose job at all!

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Eeeuurrrggghhhh! I feel your pain! Yes, the solvent in the filler (Tamiya?) has eaten it's way though the polystyrene; ask me how I know!! Great to see you've not thrown her against the wall yet and I can see that, with care and patience, she's certainly recoverable.

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I had the exact same thing happen Nick - same kit, same idea, same place. I put it down to using solvent type filler. I leff it a few weeks out of annoyance as much as anything else and it did harden up again. The plastic was too soft and gooey to do anything with at first. I thought it was ruined.

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Shame about the damage to the bow. A solvent based filler will have this effect but so will an epoxy filler which can generate a lot of heat when curing. Lots of thin coats is the best strategy. 

Great to see you have not been put off continuing and your new method seems to be OK.  

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I always use milliput and i've never had an issue, looks like an easy repair and sure with it being at the beginning of your build your still fired up and will get past it pretty quick, will be watching this one as Hoods such a beautifull ship.

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Thanks for all the encouraging comments, letting everything harden as Jamie suggested then we'll see.

2 hours ago, Chewbacca said:

I've had that happen but only to thin plasticard, not the thicker stuff on injected parts.  Which filler were you using?

It's Squadron Products White Putty, got Toluene in it, so maybe that's the cause.

 

43 minutes ago, salmo G said:

I always use milliput and i've never had an issue, looks like an easy repair and sure with it being at the beginning of your build your still fired up and will get past it pretty quick, will be watching this one as Hoods such a beautifull ship.

I'll try miliput next time 👍 

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That not nice to see when you get to the model. Hope you get it sorted. Maybe you can use PCV stripes to reproduce the metal shapes on the hull?

 

I've got same model in my stash so I see now how many more adds on I need - wow.

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On 10/12/2018 at 8:01 AM, Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies said:

It might have been Squadron green that I did my damage with thinking back. If not that it would have been Humbrol stuff.

 

Either way that solvent needs time to evaporate off. She'll be reet in the end though :)

Cheers Jamie, I'll give it a few more days and then have a go, I think you're right, she's fixable 👍

22 hours ago, Kris B said:

That not nice to see when you get to the model. Hope you get it sorted. Maybe you can use PCV stripes to reproduce the metal shapes on the hull?

 

I've got same model in my stash so I see now how many more adds on I need - wow.

We'll have a go Kris, 5 thou plasticard arrived yesterday.

Reading the reviews of the after market stuff it looks like no one PE set covers everything although the HMS Hood Association website, which has great advice on things to be corrected does have some reviews on the various PE sets - defo worth a look mate.

 

Cheers

 

Nick 

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On 10/9/2018 at 9:09 PM, Nick Charnock said:

Disaster has struck already!!

Came home from a night away with work thinking I'll drill out the hawse pipes, only to find the filler has 'melted' the bow - not sure how or why - anyone seen this before?

 

Unfortunately yes (although not to me... yet!).  As soon as I read that I thought you'd used solvent based filler.

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Been tinkering with bits waiting for the solvnt in the bow to go off;

 

Base of the bridge sub assembly;

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With the Eduard replacement sides;

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Main deck sides fitted and internal walls walls up into sub assemblies for painting - lots of doors replaced;

 

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Quarterdeck screen fitted and sanded back;

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And the Eduard cover fitted, stair landings and open windows are from the flyhawk set;

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The thing that looks like a little wheel is supposed to represent a winch, the motor for which was on the inside of the bulkhead. They use to be further aft on the quarterdeck but were moved as the quarterdeck often flooded in heavy seas;

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Made up a winch from platic rod and spare PE;

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The kit deck winches are very basic, and the replacement ones on the Eduard set alright for the 2 variable speed winches but not the electric ones which were more widely used. I've tweaked 2 of the PE ones and ordered some electric winches from North star;

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I'm not sure if the 3 pipes where steam or hydraulic - any ideas?

 

On to the bow repair - the hawspipes actually look alright, still need a bit of cleaning up;

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And the bow damage is filled and sanded;

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Hull plating applied in 5 thou plasticard;

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And sanded to blend it in;

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Hopefully they'll look ok under a coat of paint!

 

Cheers

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

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Good save on the bow damage, Nick.

 

Lots of goodies to add! This could be a long and complex build, so I'll tag along and watch (and learn) in readiness for my Tamiya Bismarck project.

 

Shameful to admit, but when I saw the last bow pic I was thinking "Hmm... waterline diorama with a small tug sinking just off the port bow..." After all, it would explain any buckling in the hull, wouldn't it? I know, I know... 🎩 & :coat: for me...

 

Kev

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15 hours ago, modelman182 said:

Good save on the bow damage, Nick.

 

Lots of goodies to add! This could be a long and complex build, so I'll tag along and watch (and learn) in readiness for my Tamiya Bismarck project.

 

Shameful to admit, but when I saw the last bow pic I was thinking "Hmm... waterline diorama with a small tug sinking just off the port bow..." After all, it would explain any buckling in the hull, wouldn't it? I know, I know... 🎩 & :coat: for me...

 

Kev

Cheers Kev - great idea on the tug boat diorama too😉

12 hours ago, longshanks said:

Like the winch upgrades, I'd put my money on steam ..

 

Kev

I think you're probably right Kev

8 hours ago, Thom216 said:

Repairs are looking pretty good and the PE work is real nice!

Cheers Thom

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Been away for a bit but made some progress on Hood.

 

Gave the damaged bow a coat of primer to see how the repairs look - not too bad, after a bit more sanding should be ok.

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Cut the degausing cable down on the starboard side - the upstand above the anchors is too long, so the brass parts took long;

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Fitted the degauing cable;

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and placed the sanded off rigols with PE ones;

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Port side;

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Aft end;

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Whole ship;

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PE anchors and the upstand cut back;

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Onto the bridge structure, might as well go there next!

The little bits on the side need removing;

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The voicepipes and rigols will get replaced later.

 

There's something not quite right about the bridge on the compass platform level.

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The HMS Hood association suggest that the ladder holes in the deck need moving forward and the rear deck should be be stepped up. I agree that the ladders should move and there should be a step but I think the forward portion of the deck should be lowered - as moulded, you can't walk out of the compass platform onto the bridge wings, the decks too high. So out came various scalpels etc;

Should look more like this;

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Deck removed

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New deck fitted with holes for the ladders;

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Compass platform sides extended, ladders fitted, and the old ladder holes filled;

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Steps up to the aft deck, railings and splinter shield installed. The torpedo lookout station been widened as well and has windows from PE ladder installed;

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The compass platform roof has had PE ladder railing windows installed as well;

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Lots of gaps to fill and tidy up but hopefully it should be better than the moulded version when finished.

 

Cheers

 

Nick 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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