HMS Hood: Assembly Pt. I

As this version of HMS Hood depicted the ship in her 1931 configuration, I knew going in that:

  1. With the seaplane catapult and crane featuring prominently in the vignette I wished to model, I was going to need a lot of photo-etch;
  2. With a particular scenario in mind (the failed launch of Hood‘s Fairey IIIF floatplane on June 26, 1931), I was going to need to finally sculpt a water base from scratch;
  3. With builds on the horizon that would benefit from hyper-detailing, I wanted to finally try laser-cut wood decks;
  4. As the ship was painted in the somewhat particular AP507A scheme during this period, now would be a great time to try White Ensign Colourcoat Enamels.

So, with the exception of the photo-etch, this build was going to feature a number of techniques and methods I would be trying for the first time.

Thanks to the wonderful research found at the HMS Hood Society’s website, I knew that several modifications were going to be needed to accurize the ship:

Fairing Removal

The molded fairings around Hood‘s degausing cables were not added to the actual ship until 1941.

 

Aft superstructure scratchbuilding

Hood‘s aft superstructure was molded in her 1941 configuration,. Scratchbuilding was necessary.

 

Conning tower scratchbuilding

Speaking of scratchbuilding, each level of the conning tower was rebuilt from scratch to provide for accurate window heights and smooth transitions between levels. This was probably the most time-consuming and frustrating part of the entire build.

 

By this time, decks by Wood Hunter arrived from China.  Shortly after their arrival, and frustration I may have been feeling was washed away by this sight:

Wood Decks

Decks by Wood Hunter. My word, that is beautiful.

 

Finally the ship started coming together.  Turned-brass barrels by Aber replaced the kit’s supplied plastic ones, the AP507A was going on flawlessly, and the modular form of the superstructure began to take shape.  After five months (two months waiting on decking, three more being buried in work and grad school) Hood finally started to look like her namesake.

The Midpoint

Well if that doesn’t look like an Admiral-Class battlecruiser I don’t know what does.

 

Stay tuned for part II of the build log, as the plastic phase wraps up and we devote ourselves to hours with the Hold-N-Fold and EZ Line!

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